Bible Difficulties Archive

Does God Know the Future?

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 “Remember the former things, those of long ago; I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like […]

Who Were the Sons of God in Genesis 6?

This article first appeared in the Practical Hermeneutics column of the Christian Research Journal, volume 27, number 3 (2004). For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal go to: http://www.equip.org You’ve probably heard someone say, “Everyone interprets the Bible differently. It depends on how you look at it!” Often it does depend […]

Why Do Bad Things Happen to Good People?

This article first appeared in the Ask Hank column of the Christian Research Journal, volume 27, number 3 (2004). For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal go to: http://www.equip.org Christian celebrities who appear on shows such as Larry King Live are commonly asked why bad things happen to good people. At […]

The Unforgivable Sin

This article first appeared in the Questions and Answers column of the Christian Research Newsletter, volume 9, number 1 (1996). For further information or similar articles go to: http://www.equip.org The date was October 21, 1962. I sat impatiently in my pew as the pastor droned on endlessly about the Pharisees and their encounters with Christ. […]

Taming Bible “Discrepancies”

This article first appeared in the Effective Evangelism column of the Christian Research Journal, volume24, number2 (2001). For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal go to: http://www.equip.org With the Skeptic’s Annotated Bible Web site on the Internet and books such as Encyclopedia of Biblical Errancy available, Christians should prepare for accusations […]

Identity of the “Sons of God” Genesis 6:12

ITEMS THEORY NO. 1 THEORY NO. 2 THEORY NO. 3 Sons of God Fallen angels Godly line of Seth Dynastic rulers Daughters of men Mortals Line of Cain Commoners Sin Marriage between supernatural and mortal Marriage of holy to unholy Polygamy Supporters Philo, Josephus, Justin, Ambrose, Apocrypha (Enoch), Delitzsch, Driver, Cassuto, H. Morris, von Rad, […]

President Bartlet’s Fallacious Diatribe

This article first appeared in the Christian Research Journal, volume 23, number 3 (2001). For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal go to: http://www.equip.org The atmosphere was electric. The president of the United States was about to address a gathering of radio talk show hosts in the White House. As the […]

Was John the Baptist Elijah?

Was John the Baptist really the prophet Elijah? Believing that the Bible indicates John to have been Elijah, some people have contended that the Bible supports the idea of reincarnation. Others, noting that John specifically denied being Elijah (John 1:21), have argued that the Bible contradicts itself. Thus this question merits attention for more than […]

Who Is Wisdom in Proverbs 8?

This article first appeared in the Practical Hermeneutics column of the Christian Research Journal, volume 27, number 2 (2004). For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal go to: http://www.equip.org I’m an enthusiast for “the Bible as literature.” There are, of course, liabilities to this popularized label since in some circles it […]

Why Does God Allow Suffering?

This article first appeared in the Volume 24 / Number 1 / 2001 issue of the Christian Research Journal. For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal go to: www.equip.org SYNOPSIS The 11 September 2001 terrorist attacks have highlighted the number one objection to Christianity: How can there be a loving God […]