Biblical Interpretation Archive

Is There a Biblical Distinction Between Dinosaurs and Dragons?

Young-earth creationists* often argue that the Bible is full of references to dinosaurs. Nineteenth-century English paleontologist Sir Richard Owen did not coin the word dinosaur (“terrible lizard”) until 1841, thus the King James Version erroneously substituted the word dragon for dinosaur. Had the word been coined prior to 1611, passages such as Isaiah 27:1 and […]

Is This a Young World After All?

Many Christians consider the universe to be relatively young. But is it really? While special revelation (the Bible) does not specifically address the age issue, general revelation (the book of nature*) provides a veritable host of clues. First, the reality that nothing travels faster than the speed of light and that billions of light-years separate […]

Does Genesis Confirm the Reality of a Global Flood?

Even a cursory Google search makes plain that the Genesis account of the Flood is one of the favorite targets of those who do not believe the Bible. “If the Flood covered the mountains,” they sneer, “it would put sea level at 29,055 feet, where everything on the ark would have frozen to death and […]

What About the Gap Theory?

The Gap theory—or Ruin/Reconstruction theory—arose with the dawn of modern science as an attempt to reconcile the geological age of the cosmos with the Genesis account of creation. Traceable to nineteenth-century Scottish theologian Thomas Chalmers and the twentieth-century Scofield Reference Bible, the Gap theory suggests there was a vast geological age of ruin between the […]

Does the Bible Teach That God Created a Flat Earth?

In A History of the Warfare of Science with Theology in Christendom, Andrew Dickson White, president and founder of Cornell University, decries the regrettable reality that two hundred years after Ferdinand Magellan had empirically* proven that the earth was round (1519), Christian fundamentalists persisted in perpetuating flat earth mythology. This, however, hardly corresponds to reality. […]

Where can I find more answers to my Bible questions?

The Complete Bible Answer Book Collector’s Edition addresses some of the most significant questions I’ve been asked during fifteen years of hosting the Bible Answer Man radio broadcast. In well over three thousand live broadcasts I’ve answered thousands more. I invite you to ask me your questions live on the Bible Answer Man broadcast by […]

What is the significance of biblical typology?

A type (from the Greek word typos) is a person, event, or institution in the redemptive history of the Old Testament that prefigures a corresponding but greater reality in the New Testament. A type is thus a copy, a pattern, or a model that signifies an even greater reality. The greater reality to which a […]

How can a person find more Bible Answers?

It is your responsibility to search the Scriptures daily. My opinion is no better than anyone else’s opinion unless it squares with Scripture. The apostle Paul commended the Berean believers “for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true” (Acts 17:11, emphasis […]

What does it mean to interpret the Bible literally?

For more than a decade popular TV personality Bill Maher has made a cottage industry out of ridiculing Christianity. Maher has gone so far as to dogmatically pontificate that the Bible was “written in parables. It’s the idiots today who take it literally.” Even a cursory reading reveals that Scripture is a treasury replete with […]

Does homosexuality demonstrate that the Bible is antiquated and irrelevant?

A popular sentiment today is that the Bible is increasingly irrelevant in a modern age of scientific enlightenment. Thus, when the Scripture’s condemnation of homosexuality is referenced, it is not uncommon to see expressions of polite exasperation etched on the faces of the masses. After all, the Bible not only condemns homosexuality but also clearly […]

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