The Importance of Words & Context

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“Inconceivable!” If you have seen the movie The Princess Bride, you recognize this as the word used repeatedly by Vizzini, a witty Sicilian criminal mastermind. After hearing his boss use it several times, the hired swordsman, Inigo Montoya declared, “You keep using that word. I don’t think it means what you think it means.” There have been times I’ve had the same thought about how folks use the Bible— “…I don’t think that verse means what you think it means.” Continue reading

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David’s Administration – ATA

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In David’s time, who served as priest, Ahimelech or Abiathar? And who was his scribe, Seraiah or Sheva? And who were his chief rulers, his sons or his sons and Ira? Do 2 Samuel 8:16-19 and 2 Samuel 20:23-26 contradict? Continue reading

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Jesus and the Holidays

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Did Jesus keep the holidays? Absolutely, but His holidays (better described as holy days) were not the same as what people today keep. Born under the Law, Jesus observed the seven holy days as described in Leviticus 23: Continue reading

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Michal angry with David – ATA

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Was Michal angry with David for dancing (2 Samuel 6:14-16) or for uncovering himself (2 Samuel 6:20)? Is there a contradiction? Continue reading

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He is NOT coming to reign on earth

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The teaching that Jesus will reign upon the earth for 1000 years is part of the Premillennial doctrine common to many denominational churches in today’s religious world. The teaching relies in large part on Revelation 20:1-7, which speaks of the devil being bound for 1,000 years, and the faithful of God living and reigning with Christ for the same period of time.

On the surface, one might wonder at the person who says there is not a literal 1,000 year reign. After all, the 1,000 year period is mentioned no less than six times in the first seven verses of Revelation 20. I don’t contend that there is not a 1,000 year reign—the text is clear that there is. There are two things that I call into question: Continue reading

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David and the temple – ATA

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Did God forbid David to build a temple because He doesn’t dwell in houses (1 Chronicles 174-6) or because David was a man of war (1 Chronicles 28:3)? Is there a contradiction? Continue reading

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The Humanity of Jesus Christ

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For many people in Jesus’ day, it was a challenge to accept His divinity. In fact, it was His claims to divine nature that caused the Pharisees to oppose Him so vehemently, even to the point of seeking His life. After Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection, some who believed in Christ went to the opposite extreme—affirming that Jesus did not come in the flesh. The apostle John wrote:

…every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the antichrist, who you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world. (1 John 4:3)

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David in Jerusalem – ATA

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Did David go to Jerusalem before (1 Samuel 17:54-55) or after (2 Samuel 5:4-7) he took Zion by force? Is there a contradiction? Continue reading

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The Deity of Jesus Christ

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While in conversation with Jesus, the Jews asked Him, “Who are You?” (John 8:25), and again, “Whom do You make Yourself out to be?” (John 8:53). In the context, He identified Himself as “the Son of Man” (John 8:28; cf. Daniel 7:13), the “Son” of God (John 8:36, 54) and the “I AM” (John 8:24, 28, 58). He was as clear as could be about His identity; He claimed to be deity—God. And, His questioners understood Him, for “…they took up stones to throw at Him…” (John 8:59). On a subsequent occasion, He asked them why they sought to stone Him (John 10:31-32). Their response, “…because You, being a Man, make Yourself God” (John 10:33). Continue reading

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Ark in Abinadab’s House – ATA

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Was the ark of the covenant at Abinadab’s house 20 years (1 Samuel 7:1-2) or more than 47 years (Acts 13:21; 2 Samuel 5:4-7; 6:2-3)? Is there a contradiction? Continue reading

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