October, 2010 Archive

What does it mean to say that Jesus ascended into heaven?

Over the years, I have heard more than one skeptic ridicule the notion that Jesus ascended into heaven before the very eyes of his disciples. In their view, even if Jesus were traveling at the speed of light he would not yet have escaped the confines of our universe. Not only that but he must […]

Two Young Callers for the Bible Answer Man

Hank takes questions from two seven year olds who ask some really good questions! Hank also emphasizes the importance of

How can we be sure about the resurrection of Christ?

If devotees of the kingdom of the cults, adherents of world religions, or liberal scholars are correct, the biblical account of the resurrection of Christ is fiction, fantasy, or a gargantuan fraud. If, on the other hand, Christianity is factually reliable, his resurrection is the greatest feat in human history. No middle ground exists. The […]

What credentials back up Jesus’ claim to deity?

Jesus not only claimed to be God but also provided many convincing proofs that he indeed was divine. First, Jesus demonstrated that he was God in human flesh by manifesting the credential of sinlessness. While the Qur’an exhorts Muhammad to seek forgiveness for his sins, the Bible exonerates Messiah saying Jesus “had no sin” (2 […]

Did Jesus claim to be God?

When Jesus came to Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples the mother of all questions, “Who do you say that I am?” (Matthew 16:15; Mark 8:29; Luke 9:20). Mormons answer this question by saying that Jesus is the spirit brother of Lucifer; Jehovah’s Witnesses answer by saying that Jesus is the archangel Michael; New Agers […]

Does the Bible claim Jesus is God?

Many biblical texts can be used to demonstrate that Jesus is God. Three, however, stand out above the rest. Not only are they clear and convincing, but their “addresses” are easy to remember as well—John 1, Colossians 1, and Hebrews 1. First, is John 1: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was […]

Is the New Testament anti-Semitic?

Liberal scholars today are forwarding the notion that the canonization of the New Testament was driven by anti–Semitic motives. In fact, it has become increasingly popular to assert that the story of Judas’s betrayal of Christ was invented because “Judas” allegedly meant “Jew.” In reality, anti–Semitism had nothing to do with the canonization of the […]

Is the New Testament canon authoritative or authoritarian?

Recently the Bible has come under attack by liberal scholars who claim that the New Testament canon was determined by the winners of a supposed struggle for dominance in the early centuries of Christianity. As the following evidence reveals, however, the canon is not arbitrary or authoritarian, but divinely authoritative. First, the entire New Testament […]

Was Jesus really in the grave for three days and three nights?

Jesus specifically tells us, “As Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of a huge fish, so the Son of Man will be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth” (Matthew 12:40). The Gospels also tell us that Jesus died on the day before the Sabbath––Friday––and rose on […]