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Why Don’t Christians Sacrifice Animals to Atone for Sins?

| February 13, 2015

There are many commands given by God to the Israelites at Mount Sinai that Christians do not obey, animal sacrifice being one of them. Aren’t we disobeying God by not following his commands? Skeptics of Christianity love to read through the Book of Leviticus and point out how inconsistent we are in obeying God’s commands. […]

#3 Post of 2014 – Why Don’t Christians Stone People to Death?

| December 26, 2014

Post Author: Bill Pratt  If you are a Christian, how many times have you heard a skeptic say, “If you believe that the Bible is really the Word of God, then why don’t you [fill in the blank with a divine command from Leviticus]?” Since the first five books of the Bible (aka the Pentateuch, […]

Did God Promise to Commit Genocide?

| November 14, 2014

In Exodus 23:23, God says, “My angel will go ahead of you and bring you into the land of the Amorites, Hittites, Perizzites, Canaanites, Hivites and Jebusites, and I will wipe them out.” It seems from this verse that God is going to kill all of these people only because of their nationality. Is that […]

Does God Punish Children for Their Parents’ Sins?

| November 7, 2014

In Exodus 20:5-6, the text says “I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.” Many people mistakenly presume […]

Why Did Paul Tell Women to Cover Their Heads?

| September 8, 2014

Post Author: Bill Pratt  In 1 Cor 11:5-6, the apostle Paul tells the Corinthians that a woman should cover her head when praying or prophesying at church assemblies. Some churches today still adhere to this command, but should they? What was the context of Paul’s statement? Authors E. Randolph Richards and Brandon J. O’Brien provide […]

What Did Jesus Mean by Hot, Cold, and Lukewarm?

| September 5, 2014

Post Author: Bill Pratt  One of the most familiar passages in Scripture is Rev 3:15-16, where Jesus addresses the Laodicean church: “I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth.” […]

Did the Israelites Cross a Reed Sea or Red Sea?

| August 27, 2014

Post Author: Bill Pratt  Many Hebrew scholars have noted the words for “Red Sea” (yam suph) can also be translated as “sea of reed” or “reed sea.” This leads to the question of whether the Israelites merely crossed a marsh rather than a deep body of water. A marsh of reeds, after all, would cause […]

How Many Israelites Left Egypt? Part 2

| July 11, 2014

Post Author: Bill Pratt  Biblical scholar Douglas Stuart, in his Exodus: An Exegetical and Theological Exposition of Holy Scripture (New American Commentary), identifies 8 possible ways to translate the word ‘eleph from Hebrew to English. Each of these translations could be used in Exodus 12:37, with context being the determinant. The 8 possible translations are: 1) […]

How Many Israelites Left Egypt? Part 1

| July 9, 2014

Post Author: Bill Pratt  In Exodus 12:37, the NIV translation of the Bible says, referring to the Israelites leaving Egypt during the Exodus, “There were about six hundred thousand men on foot, besides women and children.” What has puzzled Bible scholars and archaeologists about this number is that it seems far too large. If we […]

Did God Reward the Midwives for Lying?

| June 11, 2014

Post Author: Bill Pratt  Shiphrah and Puah did indeed lie to Pharaoh about the Hebrew women giving birth quicker than the Egyptian women. Doesn’t the Bible expressly condemn lying? Yes, it does in several places. So what are we to make of these verses in Exodus 1? How is it that God rewarded the midwives […]

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