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Is the Story of Jonah Fictional?

| April 13, 2016

Some Bible scholars believe that the Book of Jonah is a fictional tale written purely for teaching purposes by its original author. They argue that the original author never meant for the story to be taken as real history. While it may be impossible to know just based on the contents of the book itself, […]

Why Did Elisha Curse a Group of Young Men?

| March 23, 2016

In 2 Kings 2:23-24, the prophet Elisha curses a group of young men, seemingly just for calling him names. Even worse, some translations indicate that these were small boys. What is going on here? First, Hebrew scholars tell us that the words used to describe the boys can indicate an age anywhere from 12-30 years […]

Are the Miracles in the Old Testament Meant to Be Understood as Historical Events?

| March 18, 2016

In 1 and 2 Kings, Elijah and his disciple Elisha perform, or are associated with, more than 20 miracles. Miraculous activity characterizes their ministries like no other prophet since Moses. Some Christians accept the miracles of Jesus as historical events, but doubt the historicity of the miracles in the Old Testament (OT). C. S. Lewis, […]

If Ecclesiastes Is Inspired, Then Why Isn’t It Quoted in the New Testament?

| February 24, 2016

The NT writers quote the OT hundreds of times, yet they never once quote from the Book of Ecclesiastes. Doesn’t this indicate that the NT writers did not consider the book to be inspired by God? Norm Geisler and Tom Howe answer this question in their book, When Critics Ask: A Popular Handbook on Bible […]

Does Solomon’s Hundreds of Wives Mean That the Bible Promotes Polygamy?

| February 10, 2016

In 1 Kings 11, verse 3, we read that Solomon, the king who ruled at the pinnacle of Israelite power, had 700 wives and 300 concubines. Other great men of the Old Testament also had more than one wife. Are we to conclude that God encourages polygamy? Norman Geisler and Thomas Howe, in When Critics […]

What Is the Age of Accountability?

| October 26, 2015

In 2 Samuel 12:23, David speaks about his dead 7-day-old child, “But now that he is dead, why should I fast? Can I bring him back again? I will go to him, but he will not return to me.” This verse implies that David believes he will see his child again in the afterlife, in […]

Did God Bless Rahab for Lying?

| July 1, 2015

In Joshua chapter 2, Rahab lies to the king of Jericho by telling him the spies had already left the city and that the king’s men could track them down and capture them as they returned to the Jordan River. In reality, Rahab was hiding the spies on the roof of her house. The Bible […]

Does God Have a Good Purpose for All Evil?

| April 8, 2015

Many Christians and non-Christians, alike, struggle with why God would allow so much seemingly senseless evil in the world. When a child is buried in the waters of a tsunami, how can there possibly be any good purpose for that? Can’t an all-powerful God do better? I used to ask these questions myself, but over […]

Will God Defeat Evil?

| April 1, 2015

Many skeptics make the following argument: 1. If God is all-good, He would defeat evil. 2. If God is all-powerful, He could defeat evil. 3. But evil is not defeated. 4. Therefore, no such God exists. Does this argument work? Not according to theologian Norman Geisler. In his book If God, Why Evil?: A New […]

How Did Evil Arise in a Good Universe?

| March 9, 2015

According to the Bible, an angel created by God (Satan or Lucifer) was the first creature to bring evil into the universe. But the question arises how this good creature, created by a good God, living in a good universe, could choose evil. God did not cause Satan to sin, so who caused Satan to […]

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