Friday, October 30, 2009

Missions & Calvinism: Is there really a Disconnect?

I think sometimes there is a perceived disconnect between "missions activity" and Calvinism (also called the Doctrines of Grace) . Regrettably, I am personally not without need of rebuke in this area of inactivity and dullness of heart, but I don't think this can be said of the multitudes of other believers all over the world holding to the glorious Doctrines of Grace who are active in the work of the Lord.

To underscore this point, below is a very brief sampling of some churches / mission groups that hold to the Doctrines of Grace who are also very active in Missions, Evangelism and Church Planting, etc (of course, Christian "activity" should not be limited to these 3 branches of "outreach" as all Christians ought to be involved in ongoing "ministry" and actively seeking to proclaim Christ in their "sphere of influence", 24/7, in word and deed... "at the sink", place of business, in the family, etc). In any event, far from being disconnected or unaffected toward the grand "missionary enterprise", these and scores of other Calvinistic believers, are being used by the Lord as instruments for the advance of Christ's glorious Kingdom, all to His glory and praise!

The Doctrines of Grace fully encapsulate some of the choicest cardinal truths of Scripture and perfectly meld to the activity inherent to the Great Commission in what, one might term, the worldwide "Theater of Redemption". I'm sure not all holding to Calvinistic doctrine have had the zeal becoming of our profession (myself not exempted) but many, in even in our day, are applying it daily by His grace.

May His Kingdom ever grow, as it shall and is -- and may the Lord give grace to me, and you, to be actively engaged in it!

Monday, October 26, 2009

Before the Throne of God Above

Whenever you sing a good hymn, you've just sung a good "sermon"!

I believe the Holy Spirit enlightens the mind through Biblical truth which in turn, for the believer, stirs the spirit to reflect joy and thanksgiving unto our Creator.

Below is one of my all-time favorite hymns. What a blessed thing to know the living God as personal Lord and Saviour, by His grace through faith. Do you know the Lord God in a saving and personal way through His Son Jesus Christ?

Before the Throne of God Above

Before the throne of God above, I have a strong and perfect plea.
A great high Priest whose Name is Love, Who ever lives and pleads for me.
My name is graven on His hands, My name is written on His heart.
I know that while in Heaven He stands, No tongue can bid me thence depart.

When Satan tempts me to despair, And tells me of the guilt within,
Upward I look and see Him there, Who made an end of all my sin.
Because the sinless Savior died, My sinful soul is counted free.
For God the just is satisfied, To look on Him and pardon me.

Behold Him there the risen Lamb, My perfect spotless righteousness,
The great unchangeable I AM, The King of glory and of grace,
One in Himself I cannot die. My soul is purchased by His blood,
My life is hid with Christ on high, With Christ my Savior and my God!

~ Charitie L. Bancroft, 1863.

Note: If you would like to hear a sound clip of this piece sung by Southforth Singers, please click here and go to #5. We have this CD and it's a beautiful collection of hymns, well worth purchasing. This recommendation is unsolicited and no payment is received as a result.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Concluding Remarks on Biblical “Contradictions” by Howie


If any of my remarks came across as cross or ungracious, please forgive me, for that was not my intent or heart, just poor writing!

We care for your soul and that of your husbands. The most horrific thing will be to open ones eyes to hear the words, “I never knew you, depart from me…” (Matthew 7:23). Where does your hope lie? In man’s words or in God’s Word?

Truth does not have a shelf-life. The Lord Jesus Christ said: “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth” (John 17:17). God has graciously revealed himself through general revelation (nature) and through special revelation (the Scriptures), the latter which is able to make us wise unto salvation through faith in Christ Jesus (2 Timothy 3:15). Call upon the Lord while He may be found.

“All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out” (John 6:37).

Turn to Him.

- Howie

Now it’s your turn!

The enemy of our souls is masterful at getting us distracted. I submit that the Biblical “contradictions” raised are distractions that lead away from Christ, life, and the truth.

I’m interested in what happens when I die, which I know will happen one day. Perhaps you are, too? What is the basis of authority you hold to that assures you of hope after this life? My basis of authority is “God-Breathed” (θεόπνευστος , theopneustos, 2 Timothy 3:16). What does your basis of authority claim, by whom, and based on what and, importantly, does it claim divine inspiration?

Here are a few other questions I’d like you to weigh in on:

1) Can you explain how the soteriology of the Bible is undermined or lacking when we learn that a totally depraved soul is only saved by grace alone, through faith alone, by Christ alone, on the authority of Scripture alone, and all that for the glory of God alone? Where in any of Scripture is this undermined or contradicted?

2) Can you explain how over 5,000 New Testament manuscripts alone agree in almost every single detail and the parts that don’t are so insignificant (like a letter in a word missing or a non-doctrinal element missing like the word “and” or “the”, etc) as to render Biblical doctrines totally consistent? Can you explain how 40 writers over 1,600 years could compile a book and it has the same message throughout that changes lives? Also, how is that throughout history (as we would expect) many have tried to destroy the Bible yet it remains the most-read book of all time? How is it that archaeological finds continue to confirm what the Bible says about historical events and prophecies, written hundreds of years before occurring, happen to the letter? Evidence never saved anyone, we need God to stir our hearts by His grace for that, but the many evidences concerning the Bible are overwhelming in their breadth and precision.

3) Can you show me how the Scriptural and progressive pieces of revelation as revealed in the grand Covenant of Grace (starting at Genesis 3:15 and right through to the end of Revelation), culminating in a subsitutionary atonement and justification by faith alone in both the OT and NT, do not line up and equate seamlessly with what the Prophets in the OT and the Apostles in the NT wrote under the inspiration of God?

4) What do you think of the London Baptist Confession of Faith, 1689? I believe this, though subservient to the Scriptures, to be an excellent statement of Christian belief on key doctrines pertaining to those "things most surely believed amongst us" (as true Christians). Please point out any “contradictions” you find in this document as each statement is backed and supported by the Bible as it's authority.

5) When was the last time you earnestly prayed and read your Bible and asked the living God to mercifully give you light that you might weigh your path, under His influence, against what He has divinely revealed?

No Biblical Contradictions Whatsoever

As I stated at the outset, every seeming Scriptural “contradiction” that can ever be posited will fall down under proper exegetical and systematic Bible study; it has to, and always has, by nature of the divine author that one would ultimately challenge.

“Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth forever. For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away: But the word of the Lord endureth forever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.” - 1 Peter 1: 23-25

Biblical “Contradiction” #3

Stated “contradiction” #3 >

John says the next day after Jesus was baptized, Jesus began recruiting disciples the day after his baptism (John 1:35-52); Matthew says he went into the desert to be tempted (Matthew 4:1).

Response >

No contradiction whatsoever.

In order to address this seeming “contradiction” I went to an interwoven harmony of the gospels so I could see the proper timing and sequence of events. Matthew, Mark and Luke record the baptism and temptation of Christ as a chronology of event whereas John relates his conversation with the Pharisees similar to you or I answering a question regarding an event that has already taken place. If you read the entire chapter of 1st John in context to the overall text this becomes glaringly obvious particularly in light of the discourse of questions John had taken on from the priests, Levites, and Pharisees.

As Matthew Henry points out: “We have in these verses an account of John's testimony concerning Jesus Christ, which he witnessed to his own disciples that followed him. As soon as ever Christ was baptized he was immediately hurried into the wilderness, to be tempted; and there he was forty days. During his absence John had continued to bear testimony to him, and to tell the people of him; but now at last he sees Jesus coming to him, returning from the wilderness of temptation. As soon as that conflict was over Christ immediately returned to John, who was preaching and baptizing.”

It is written: “But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah saith, Lord, who hath believed our report? So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” - Romans 10:16

Biblical “Contradiction” #2

Stated “contradiction” #2 >

The genealogies o f Jesus in Matthew and Luke: They cannot be explained away by the argument I heard that one was Mary’s line and the other Joseph’s. Luke specifically says it’s Joseph’s line (Luke 3:23);...

Response >

No contradiction whatsoever.

The genealogies of Christ written in Matthew and Luke accomplish and record with precision an authoritative basis for accurately showing Mary and Joseph’s line and how that directly relates to the Seed and the subsequent gospel promised in the Adamic Covenant of Genesis 3:15. The genealogy approaches are a critical and necessary delineation due to God’s promises in Jeremiah and 1 Chronicles against the curse placed on Jeconiah. A reasonable exegete of this passage will show the incredible symmetry and cohesion of how Christ has both a physical right (through Mary) and a legal right (through his adoptive father Joseph) to sit on the eternal throne of David.

In terms of commentary, the following from Answers in Genesis (see: “When Adam disobeyed, the perfect fellowship he had enjoyed with his Creator was destroyed. God promised that one day, Someone would be born – a descendant of Adam – who would rescue His creation from the Curse that God has placed on it (Genesis 3:15). This person was Jesus Christ – the Messiah.”

“God promised that David would always have a descendent on his throne (Jeremiah 23:15; 1 Chronicles 17:10-14). The legal right to this throne was passed through David’s son, Solomon, to his descendants. Jeconiah (or Jehoiachin), a great, great…grandson of Solomon’s and King of Judah, was so wicked that God punished him by declaring that none of his children would ever again sit on the throne (Jeremiah 22:17-30). This caused a ‘problem’ since Joseph, the supposed ‘father’ of Jesus, was a descendant of Jeconiah. If Joseph had been Jesus’ biological father, Jesus would have a legal right to the throne, but would have been unable to occupy it due to being under Jeconiah’s curse. God solved this problem by using Mary: Jesus was the first-born son of Mary, a virgin (Matthew 1:23) and a descendant of David through another son, Nathan. So Jesus has the right to the sit on the eternal throne of David – legally, through his adoptive father, Joseph; and physically, through his natural mother Mary. In this way, God’s promise mentioned in Jeremiah and Chronicles was fulfilled.”

In God’s providential care of His Word, the genealogies of the Lord Jesus Christ were perfectly recorded as written in both Matthew and Luke. Far from “contradictory”, these records underscore the infallibility and inerrancy of Scripture. The Bible is replete with such depth of truth when dug into and studied under a sound hermeneutic and under the guiding light of the Holy Spirit who always works in concert and agreement to it, never apart. That 40 different writers (most of whom did not interact or know each other), over 1,600 years, wrote 66 books, all having the same message with precise cohesion and agreement is a mathematical probability and literary marvel that shouts out, One Divine Author. That thousands of manuscripts under the Traditional Text (TT) are preserved and corroborate is unparalleled in any historic documents anywhere (not even Plato and Aristotle’s writings come close to having such voluminous comparatives and accurateness available). Dr. Alain Cairns notes in his Dictionary of Theological Terms that over 90% of the NT alone is beyond dispute, down to the smallest detail and, as for the remaining 10%, 85% of that the manuscripts agree in presenting a common text (i.e. the poorest Greek text that could be produced from the available manuscripts would not alter one doctrine of the faith).

Biblical textual veracity is never what is lacking. The Biblical genealogies could not be more sound. The problem does not lie here, but in our hearts that are alienated from God (1 Corinthians 1:21). Every Biblical "contradiction" has it's root here.

It is written: “And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.” Luke 16:31

Biblical “Contradiction” #1

Stated “contradiction” #1 >

Judas’ death: Matthew 27:3-10 says he hangs himself. Acts 1:18-19 says he fell headlong and burst open.

Response >

No contradiction whatsoever.

A brief and unpleasant study on hanging will show that the act of hanging can have various effects on the body. For example, decapitation occurs if the weight of the person is not regulated to the height of the gallows and the drop. It, therefore, does not take much imagination to consider how a botched hanging could result in a terrible secondary event, never mind a hanging with such spiritual implications as this one. It is not unreasonable that Judas hung himself and, at the same time, fell in some way resulting in an even more gruesome death.

Dr. Gill provides further insight and context:

Act 1:18 - Now this man purchased a field,.... This verse, with the following, seem to be the words of Luke the historian, which should be read in a parenthesis; for there was no need to have acquainted the disciples with the manner of Judas's death, which was so well known to all the inhabitants of Jerusalem; nor would Jerusalem, and the inhabitants of it, be mentioned with that propriety by Peter, when he, and those he spoke of, were upon the spot; nor could there be any necessity of his explaining a word in their own tongue, which they understood, and that in a language unknown unto them; nor does it seem likely, that in so short a time as five or six weeks, the field should have obtained the name of "Aceldama", and be commonly known by it. The Ethiopic version calls this field, "a vineyard"; and so it might be, and yet the potter's field too. It is somewhat difficult, that Judas should be said to purchase it, when Matthew says the chief priests bought it, Mat_27:7. Both are true; Judas having received his money of the chief priests two days ago, might not only intend to purchase, but might really strike a bargain with the potter for his field; but repenting of his sin, instead of carrying the money to make good the agreement, went and threw it to the chief priests, and then hanged himself; when they, by a secret providence, might be directed to make a purchase of the same field with his money; or he may be said to purchase it, because it was purchased with his money. The Vulgate Latin, and Arabic versions render it, "he possessed" it; not in person, unless he was buried there, as he might be; and so all that he got by his wretched bargain, was only so much ground as to be buried in; or the sense may be, "he caused it to be possessed"; by returning the money which the chief priests used this way,

with the reward of his iniquity; that is, with the thirty pieces of silver, given him as a reward for that vile action of his betraying of his Lord and master: so the reward of divination, or what Balsam got by soothsaying, which was an iniquitous and wicked practice, is called, "the wages of unrighteousness", 2Pe_2:15.

and falling headlong he burst in the midst; either falling from the gallows, or tree on which he hanged himself, the rope breaking, upon a stone, or stump, his belly was broke, and burst; or falling from the air, whither he was violently snatched up by Satan, who was in him, and by whom he was thrown down to the earth, and who went out of him by a rupture made in his belly; or being in deep melancholy, he was strangled with the squinancy, and fell down on his face to the ground, as the Syriac, Arabic, and Ethiopic versions render it,

and burst asunder: and all his bowels gushed out; through the rupture that was made. So we read of a man that fell from the roof of a house, \rtlch ô÷òéä ëøñéä åðôé÷\rtlch \rtlch îòééðéä, "and his belly burst, and his bowels came out" (l). And this was the miserable end of Judas. The death of Arius, as related by Athanasius (m), from Macarius the presbyter, who was present, was much after the same manner; who reports, that having swore to the orthodox faith, and being about to be introduced into the church at Constantinople, after the prayer of Alexander, the bishop of it, he went out to the seat, to ease nature; when he, on a sudden, fell down headlong, and burst in the middle, and immediately expired: and Epiphanius (n) compares his exit with this of Judas, who observes, that he went out in the night to the vault, as before related, and burst asunder, as Judas of old did; and came to his end in a filthy and unclean place. Ruffinus says (o), that as he sat, his entrails, and all his bowels, came from him into the vault; and so he died in such a place, a death worthy of his blasphemous and corrupt mind. As to the seeming difference between the Evangelist Matthew and the Apostle Peter, it may be reconciled by either of the ways before mentioned; see Gill on Mat_27:5 though it seems most likely, that Judas not being able to bear the torments of his mind, he hanged himself, as Achitophel did, and was not strangled by the devil, or by any disease; and that he fell down from the tree on which he hung, either the rope breaking, or the tree falling; and so the things happened to him which are recorded: or he might fall from hence, either through a violent strong wind which blew him down; or through the rushing of wild beasts against the gallows, on which he hung; or by the devil himself, who might throw him down from hence after he had dispatched himself, as some have conjectured: or, which seems best of all, he might be cast down from hence by men, either of themselves, or by the order of the civil magistrates, not enduring such a sight, that one that had destroyed himself should hang long there; and which, according to the law, was not to be admitted; and these not taking him down, in a gentle manner, but using some violence, or cutting the rope, the body fell, and burst asunder, as is here said: and it should be observed, that the Evangelist Matthew speaks of the death of Judas, in which he himself was concerned; and the Apostle Peter reports what befell his carcass after his death, and in which others were concerned. The Vulgate Latin renders it, and being hanged, he burst in the middle; as if this happened to him upon the gallows, without falling.

(l) T. Bab. Cholin, fol. 56. 2. (m) Epist. ad. Scrapion, Vol. I. p. 523. (n) Contra Haeres. l. 2. Haeres. 68. (o) L. 1. c. 13.

Mat 27:5 - And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple,.... Upon the ground, in that part of the temple where they were sitting; in their council chamber, \rtlch ìùëú\rtlch \rtlch äâæéú, "the paved chamber", where the sanhedrim used to meet (m): for it seems they would not take the money of him; and he was determined not to carry it back with him, and therefore threw it down before them, left it,

and departed; from the sanhedrim: and went; out of the temple; not to God, nor to the throne of his grace, nor to his master, to ask pardon of him, but to some secret solitary place, to cherish his grief and black despair,

and hanged himself. The kind and manner of his death, as recorded by Luke in Act_1:18 is, that "falling headlong, he burst asunder the midst, and all his bowels gushed out"; which account may be reconciled with this, by supposing the rope, with which he hanged himself, to break, when falling; it may be, from a very high place, upon a stone, or stump of a tree; when his belly burst, and his guts came out: or it may be rendered, as it is in the Arabic and Ethiopic versions, "he was strangled"; and that either by the devil, as Dr. Lightfoot thinks; who, having been in him for the space of two or three days, caught him up into the air, and threw him down headlong; and dashing him on the ground, he burst in the midst, and his bowels gushed out, and the devil made his exit that way: or by a disease called the squinancy, or quinsy, a suffocation brought upon him by excessive grief, deep melancholy, and utter despair; when being choked by it, he fell flat upon his face, and the rim of his belly burst, and his entrails came out. This disease the Jews call \rtlch àñëøà\ltrch ,\ltrch \ltrch "Iscara"; and if it was what he was subject to from his infancy, his parents might call him Iscariot from hence; and might be designed in providence to be what should bring him to his wretched end: and what is said of this suffocating disorder, seems to agree very well with the death of Judas. They say (n), that -

"it is a disease that begins in the bowels, and ends in the throat:''

they call death by it, \rtlch îéúä øòä, "an evil death" (o); and say (p), that "there are nine hundred and three kinds of deaths in the world, but that:

\rtlch ÷ùä ùáëìï\rtlch \rtlch àñëøà, "the hardest of them all is Iscara"; which the Gloss calls "strangulament", and says, is in the midst of the body:

'' they also reckon it, \rtlch îéúä îùåðä, "a violent death" (q); and say (r), that the spies which brought a bad report of the good land, died of it. Moreover, they affirm (s), that:

"whoever tastes anything before he separates (i.e. lights up the lamp on the eve of the sabbath, to distinguish the night from the day), shall die by "Iscara", or suffocation.''

Upon which the Gloss says, this is:

"measure for measure: he that satisfies his throat, or appetite, shall be choked: as it is said (t) he that is condemned to be strangled, either he shall be drowned in a river, or he shall die of a quinsy, this is "Iscara".''

(m) T. Bab. Sanhedrin, fol. 88. 2. (n) Gloss. in T. Bab. Sabbat, fol 33. 1. (o) T. Bab. Yebamot, fol. 62. 9. (p) Beracot, fol. 3. 1. (q) Gloss. in T. Bab. Taanith, fol. 19. 2. (r) T. Bab. Sota, fol. 35. 1. (s) T. Bab. Pesachim, fol. 105. 1. (t) T. Bab. Cetubot, fol. 30. 2.

Source: Dr. John Gill (1697-1771).

Seeming “contradictions” can serve to miss the truth in more ways than one. The death of Judas is instructive with a great and merciful warning. Judas and Peter both denied the Lord. Judas never repented in a saving way; he may have been sorry and realized the heinous evil of what he had done and could no longer face himself as a person, but he never loved the Lord nor ever trusted him as Redeemer (Acts 1:25). In contrast, Peter “went out, and wept bitterly” (Matthew 26:75), repented, obeyed His Saviour, and shortly thereafter preached boldly saying, “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins…” (Acts 2: 38). Two “religious” people, but only one in heaven. One was unrepentant and hardened to his own explicit self-direction and self-rule, the other broken, humbled, and then mightly used of God.

It is written: “I have seen the wicked in great power, and spreading himself like a green bay tree. Yet he passed away, and, lo, he was not: yea, I sought him, but he could not be found. Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright: for the end of that man is peace.” - Psalm 37: 35-37

Isogesis or Exegesis? One Leads to “Contradiction” the other to Truth

It’s not hard at all to twist or read what we want into a passage of Scripture. Theologians call this “isogesis”. When you do so, you can come up with many so-called “contradictions” and skewed interpretations of Scripture which results in error or outright apostasy. In contrast, what is required is a solid hermeneutic that permits a proper exegesis (i.e. a critical explanation and interpretation of the Bible) under the guiding and gracious leading of the Holy Spirit who always works in concert with the Word, and always leads the humble seeker to truth (John 6:37, 17:17).

Unlike man’s finite reason, the Scriptures of truth do not have a shelf-life because the infinite author of truth is immutable (1 Peter 1:25).

The "Contradiction" Trick

It is not by degrees of chance that the enemy of our souls relentlessly attacks the very thing able to make us wise unto the very thing we need (salvation) -- and that is the Scripture (2 Timothy 3:15). I submit that the “contradictions” you are about to perilously embrace, or have already perhaps started to accept, are nothing short of age old tactics that can be traced back to the fall of our first parents (Genesis 3:1) and the horrific tragedy that resulted (for sin resulted in death, spiritual/physical, awful).

Do you recall how the contradiction trick went?

The devil said: “Hath God said…?” And then… you guessed it… his contradiction: “You shall not surely die”. True or false? False, of course. Sin brought death (Romans 5:12), which effect no rationale person can deny.

The enemy of our souls is still contradicting the Words of the living God. He uses every available means to do so and, at every turn, seeks to distract us away from the cross (our need) by any method we may be prone to. In short, the fruit may take different forms, but the outcome is always the same when we listen to him, rather than the one true and living God (1 Timothy 2:5).

What’s really at the root of ALL Biblical Challenge?

The Scriptures claim to be “God-Breathed” (θεόπνευστος , theopneustos, 2 Timothy 3:16, etc). That is either true of false. If true, it follows that God, being true, will not contradict what He alone has sanctioned and providentially preserved and decreed in His Holy and inerrant Word (John 17:17, Romans 3:4).

At the heart of all Biblical challenge is spiritual unbelief, not intellectual incompatibility, though the latter is often sited and held onto for dear life, ironic as that is, by those who professing themselves to be wise have become fools (Romans 1:20-21). In short, the θεόπνευστος (theopneustos, God-breathed) words of the living God have always been anathema to those who are unregenerate and know not the Shepherd in a saving way, for they do not hear, nor heed, his voice (John 10:5).

The doctrine of man’s total depravity explains this cause and effect. The reversal of the awful curse of sin in man (which curse, as a byproduct, includes placing our finite understanding above that of the infinite Creator) is only possible and wholly dependent upon the unconditional love of a dying Redeemer whose substitutionary atonement is alone effectual to the saving of souls inherently and utterly predisposed, and thus justly deserving, of physical and spiritual (hell) death.

When we challenge what God has said we must inevitable join Job and confess, “Who is he that hideth counsel without knowledge? therefore have I uttered that I understood not; things too wonderful for me, which I knew not... wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes “(Job 42:3,6).

We will either bow our knee in the day of grace or in a day of judgment (see Isaiah 45: 22-23 and Romans 14:11).

Contradictions? You sure about that?

Hello HN,

If I may, I’d like to present for your examination some reasonable rebuttals to the seeming initial “contradictions” you presented on Facebook.

Time does not allow me to respond to all 6 of the “contradictions” you have raised nor the “hundreds” of others you say you have on hand. As a case in point, however, I’ve taken the first 3 “contradictions” you listed and provided a response for you to examine and I’m certain the 1st three “contradictions” are representative of all the other “contradictions”. Indeed, every seeming “contradiction” that can ever be posited will fall down under proper exegetical and systematic Bible study; it has to, and always has, by nature of the divine author you ultimately challenge.

Kindly bear with me, I felt a need to first build a presuppositional context before directly launching into a rebuttal of the seeming “contradiction” symptoms. I trust you will read my response prayerfully and with open Bible for it is “the entrance of thy words that giveth light” (Psalm 119:130), not me.

“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me”. John 10:27

- Howie

First Post

This blog has been put online to respond to a friend who has presented several seeming "contradictions" that are in the Bible.

It is relatively easy to pose questions and cast doubts on the Bible, or anything for that matter, but another thing to give a reasonable response. That being so, and rather than post an apologetic on Facebook or on her personal blog thereby eating up far too much room, I thought it might be best to post the responses here!

The evidence against contradictions and for Biblical whole veracity is astounding. Yet evidence never saved a person. The Holy Spirit in concert with the Word of God alone can regenerate a dead soul who cannot see or help themselves.

"And that from a child thou hast known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. - 2Timohty 3:15.

Sola Scriptura - By Scripture Alone . Sola Gratia - By Grace Alone . Solo Christo - By Christ Alone . Sola Fide - By Faith Alone . Soli Deo Gloria - Glory To God Alone