Thursday, January 26, 2012

How many of Arah's offspring returned from Babylon?

775 - Ezra 2:5
5 The children of Arah, seven hundred seventy and five. (KJV)

5 of Arah, 775 (NIV)

652 - Nehemia 7:10
10 The children of Arah, six hundred fifty and two. (KJV)

10 of Arah, 652 (NIV)

From what were the animals created?

Water - Genesis 1:20 -
20 And God said , Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven. (KJV)

20 And God said, "Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the expanse of the sky." (NIV)

Ground - Genesis 2:19
19 And out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof. (KJV)

19 Now the LORD God had formed out of the ground all the beasts of the field and all the birds of the air. He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name. (NIV)

Monday, January 23, 2012

Where did Jesus first appear to the apostles after the resurrection?

Galilee – Matthew 28:16 –
16Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, into a mountain where Jesus had appointed them. (KJV)
16 Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. (NIV)

Jerusalem – Mark 16:14; Luke 24:33-37; John 20:19 –
14Afterward he appeared unto the eleven as they sat at meat, and upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed not them which had seen him after he was risen. (KJV)
14 Later Jesus appeared to the Eleven as they were eating; he rebuked them for their lack of faith and their stubborn refusal to believe those who had seen him after he had risen. (NIV)
33And they rose up the same hour, and returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven gathered together , and them that were with them,34Saying , The Lord is risen indeed, and hath appeared to Simon.35And they told what things were done in the way, and how he was known of them in breaking of bread.36And as they thus spake , Jesus himself stood in the midst of them, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you.37But they were terrified and affrighted , and supposed that they had seen a spirit. (KJV)
33 They got up and returned at once to Jerusalem. There they found the Eleven and those with them, assembled together 34 and saying, "It is true! The Lord has risen and has appeared to Simon."35 Then the two told what had happened on the way, and how Jesus was recognized by them when he broke the bread.36 While they were still talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, "Peace be with you."37 They were startled and frightened, thinking they saw a ghost. (NIV)

Who drove the Anakim from Hebron?

Who drove the Anakim from Hebron?

Joshua - Joshua 11:21-23 -
21 And at that time cameJoshua, and cut off the Anakims from the mountains, from Hebron, from Debir, from Anab, and from all the mountains of Judah, and from all the mountains of Israel: Joshua destroyed them utterly with their cities.22 There was none of the Anakims left in the land of the children of Israel: only in Gaza, in Gath, and in Ashdod, there remained . 23 So Joshua took the whole land, according to all that the LORD said unto Moses; and Joshua gave it for an inheritance unto Israel according to their divisions by their tribes. And the land rested from war. (KJV)

21 At that time Joshua went and destroyed the Anakites from the hill country: from Hebron, Debir and Anab, from all the hill country of Judah, and from all the hill country of Israel. Joshua totally destroyed them and their towns. 22 No Anakites were left in Israelite territory; only in Gaza, Gath and Ashdod did any survive. 23 So Joshua took the entire land, just as the LORD had directed Moses, and he gave it as an inheritance to Israel according to their tribal divisions. Then the land had rest from war. (NIV)

How is Anah related to Zibeon?

How is Anah related to Zibeon?

Daughter - Genesis 36:2, 14 -
2 Esau took his wives of the daughters of Canaan; Adah the daughter of Elon the Hittite, and Aholibamah the daughter of Anah the daughter of Zibeon the Hivite; (KJV)
2 Esau took his wives from the women of Canaan: Adah daughter of Elon the Hittite, and Oholibamah daughter of Anah and granddaughter of Zibeon the Hivite (NIV)

14 And these were the sons of Aholibamah, the daughter of Anah the daughter of Zibeon, Esau's wife: and she bare to Esau Jeush, and Jaalam, and Korah. (KJV)
14 The sons of Esau's wife Oholibamah daughter of Anah and granddaughter of Zibeon, whom she bore to Esau: Jeush, Jalam and Korah. (NIV)

These verses, in the King James Version, seem to state that Anah was the daughter of Zibeon.  When read in the New International Version,  the verses state "and granddaughter of Zibeon," which seems to only add to the confusion.  My thought was that one would need to go to the original Hebrew to unlock the mystery about this, and I was right.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Does God stay angry forever?

OK, here we go.

Does God stay angry forever?

No     Psalm 30:5 – This is poetry, not theology.  But, when read in context with the rest of the Psalm, it does show the example of someone (David) turning back to God and God’s anger ceasing.

                Jeremiah 3:12 – Continue reading verses 13 & 14 to complete the thought.  God’s anger is conditional and ceases when guilt from sin against Him is acknowledged.

                Micah 7:18 – The complete thought is needed.  Reading verses 16 & 17 shows that the nations’ returning to fearing God assuages His anger. 

Who do I think I am?!

Well, this is blog number 3 for me.  Apparently, I think that I've got a LOT of important stuff to say.  I'm not narcissistic, I just think I'm awesome!  (Only kidding!)

Why have I decided to make a third blog?  It kinda came out of nowhere, really.  Some interactions on Twitter with several atheists prompted me to enter an ongoing debate regarding alleged contradictions in the Bible.  I've discovered that it takes a few more than 140 characters to explain some things, so I decided to flush it all out in a different format.

It seems to be a common misconception among atheists that a believer in God and follower of Jesus Christ cannot be a rational person and doesn't want to learn.  Part of my goal with this blog is to dispel these myths by presenting rational explanations to refute these alleged contradictions. 

I am not a Biblical scholar or an apologist by any stretch of the imagination, but I am hoping to gain a better understanding of the Bible as I dig in and learn more regarding these alleged contradictions.  I also hope that everyone who reads this blog, believer or unbeliever, will be encouraged to join me in studying the questions presented.  To hear these alleged contradictions and either accept or reject them without proper research is foolish.  Also, don't accept or reject based on anything you might read here.  Do your own research and draw your own conclusions.

Anyone who wishes to comment on my posts should know this: I will not allow comments that aren't well thought out and rational.  You can agree, you can disagree, but if you are trying to be a prick don't bother.  Your comment will be deleted.

This should be a interesting experience.  I'm enjoying it, so far!