Bible Difficulties Archive

Can a Loving God Hate Someone?

This article first appeared in the Practical Hermeneutics column of the Christian Research Journal, volume 34, number 01 (2011). For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal go to: http://www.equip.org “God hates the sin, but loves the sinner.” This old saying often is used to resolve the tension between God being both […]

Two More Conundrums Bart Ehrman Just Can’t Resolve

This article first appeared in the Ask Hank column of the Christian Research Journal, volume33, number03 (2010). For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal go to: http://www.equip.org Continuing my examination of Bart Ehrman’s “problems with the Bible,”1 he is perplexed about the number of animals Noah took with him on the […]

Was Jesus in Agony on the Cross, as per Mark, or not, as per Luke?

The day before Good Friday, on the Colbert Report, Bart Ehrman, the James A. Gray Distinguished Professor of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, attempted to demonstrate that the gospels of Mark and Luke stand in hopeless contradiction to one another with respect to the death of Jesus. “For example,” says […]

Christ’s Cleansing of the Temple

In his book Jesus, Interrupted, Bart Ehrman, the James A. Gray Distinguished Professor of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, posed the following as the first of many errors and inconsistencies in the Bible: The Gospel of Mark indicates that it was in the last week of his life that Jesus […]

Does Inerrancy Matter Any Longer?

This article first appeared in the Christian Research Journal, volume 32, number 4 (2009). For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal go to: http://www.equip.org Western Christians have little connection with history. Events of thirty years ago are easily forgotten and generally considered irrelevant to “today.” So it is not surprising that […]

Killing the Canaanites: A Response to the New Atheism’s “Divine Genocide” Claims

This article first appeared in the CHRISTIAN RESEARCH JOURNAL, volume33, number 04 (2010). For further information or to subscribe to the CHRISTIAN RESEARCH JOURNAL go to: http://www.equip.org/christian-research-journal/ SYNOPSIS The “new atheists” call God’s commands to kill the Canaanites “genocide,” but a closer look at the horror of the Canaanites’ sinfulness, exhibited in rampant idolatry, incest, […]

Hateful, Vindictive Psalms?

This article first appeared in the Christian Research Journal, volume31, number5 (2008). For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal go to: http://www.equip.org O daughter of Babylon, you devastated one, How blessed will be the one who repays you With the recompense with which you have repaid us. How blessed will be […]

Christ’s Cleansing of the Temple

In his book Jesus, Interrupted, Bart Ehrman, the James A. Gray Distinguished Professor of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, posed the following as the first of many errors and inconsistencies in the Bible: The Gospel of Mark indicates that it was in the last week of his life that Jesus […]

Did Abraham Know God as Yahweh, or Not?

In his book Jesus, Interrupted, which boasts the provocative subtitle, Revealing the Hidden Contradictions in the Bible (and Why We Don’t Know about Them), Bart Ehrman, the James A. Gray Distinguished Professor of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, poses the following as a telling example among an alleged plethora of […]

How Could a Good God Sanction the Stoning of a Disobedient Child?

This article first appeared in the Ask Hank column of the Christian Research Journal, volume 30, number 1 (2007). For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal go to: http://www.equip.org “Do I take any pleasure in the death of the wicked? declares the Sovereign Lord. Rather, am I not pleased when they […]