Bible Difficulties Archive

How Can the Eternal Son of God Be “The Firstborn over All Creation?”

This article first appeared in the Ask Hank column of the Christian Research Journal, volume 29, number 6 (2006). For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal go to: http://www.equip.org “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by him all things were created: things in […]

Is the Virgin Birth Miracle or Myth?

This article first appeared in the Ask Hank column of the Christian Research Journal, volume 27, number 4 (2004). For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal go to: http://www.equip.org “‘The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel’ — which means, […]

Recent Perspectives on the Reliability of the Gospels

This article first appeared in the Christian Research Journal, volume 28, number 1 (2005). For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal go to: http://www.equip.org SYNOPSIS The usual attempts to defend the historical reliability of the New Testament are often fairly general in nature. These arguments are typically based on the quantity, […]

Can God Create a Rock so Heavy that He Can’t Move It?

This article first appeared in the Ask Hank column of the Christian Research Journal, volume29, number4 (2006). For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal go to: http://www.equip.org This question is a classic straw man that has most Christians looking like the proverbial deer in the headlights. At best, it challenges God’s […]

Does the Bible Promote Polygamy?

This article first appeared in the Ask Hank column of the Christian Research Journal, volume 30, number 5 (2007). For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal go to: http://www.equip.org/christian-research-journal/ “Haven’t you read,” he replied, “that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,’ and said, ‘For this reason a […]

Were Mark and Messiah Mistaken about Mustard Seeds?

This article first appeared in the Ask Hank column of the Christian Research Journal, volume31, number4 (2008). For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal go to: http://www.equip.org [Jesus] said, ‘What shall we say the kingdom of God is like, or what parable shall we use to describe it? It is like […]

Did Jesus Make a Crucial Historical Blunder in the Gospel of Mark?

This article first appeared in the Ask Hank column of the Christian Research Journal, volume 31, number 4 (2008). For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal go to: http://www.equip.org “The first to present his case seems right, till another comes forward and questions him” (Prov. 18:17). One of the reasons cited […]

Luke 14:26

This article first appeared in the Practical Hermeneutics column of the Christian Research Journal, volume 27, number 5 (2004). For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal go to: http://www.equip.org My initiation into the misinterpretation of hyperbole occurred half-a-century ago when I sat listening as an adolescent to a Christian radio program […]

Does Homosexuality Demonstrate that the Bible Is Antiquated and Irrelevant?

This article first appeared in the Ask Hank column of the Christian Research Journal, volume 27, number 6 (2004). For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal go to: http://www.equip.org A popular sentiment today is that the Bible is increasingly irrelevant in a modern age of scientific enlightenment. Thus, when the Scripture’s […]

Are Generational Curses Biblical?

This article first appeared in the Ask Hank column of the Christian Research Journal, volume31, number3 (2008). For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal go to: http://www.equip.org Based on texts taken out of context and used as pretexts it has become increasingly common for Christians to suppose that they are victims […]

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