Bible Difficulties by Design

Sermon by Martin G. Collins

Martin Collins contends that critics of the Bible, in their effort to 'prove' the inaccuracies of the Bible show their own lamentable sophomoric ignorance and naïve shallowness. When properly understood, the narratives of the Bible do not contradict one another, but wonderfully complement each other. The God-designed …

Which Bible Translation Is Best?

Article by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Though most of the ancient manuscripts of the Bible agree, wide variation exists among English translations. How do we know if one is better than another?

Does I John 5:7-8 Support the Trinity Doctrine?

Bible Study by Martin G. Collins

I John 5:7-8 appears to be a clear proof of the Trinity. There is just one major problem: The Trinitarian language was added—it is not original to the text!

Does the Bible Contain Discrepancies?

Bible Study by Martin G. Collins

While textual difficulties do exist, they can be explained with thoughtful analysis. Errors lie in human misunderstanding or misinterpretation.

Inventing Goddesses and Demons (Part Two)

CGG Weekly by David C. Grabbe

Some modern translations of Isaiah 34, influenced by Jewish mythology, wrongly insert the demon goddess Lilith into a prophecy of Edom's desolation.

Inventing Goddesses and Demons (Part Three)

CGG Weekly by David C. Grabbe

Some modern translations of Leviticus 16 assert that the live goat (scapegoat) was a sacrifice that God commanded Israel to send to a demon named Azazel!

Should Passover Be Observed for Seven Days?

CGG Weekly by David C. Grabbe

The words in Ezekiel's Millennial vision seem to say that the Passover should be observed for seven days. However, this contradicts other clear scriptures.

Hebrews (Part Fifteen): Chapter 2, A Mind Bending Purpose (Part Four)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Even though we must cooperate in cultivating spiritual fruit, God alone creates character and takes responsibility for creating spiritual offspring.

Why Did God Forsake Jesus Christ?

Sermonette by David C. Grabbe

Jesus yielded His Spirit to the Father, indicating that God had not forsaken Him, but accepted Him after He became a substitutionary sacrifice for our sins.

Joy: What Is It?

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Without God's Spirit, the fruit of joy is unattainable. Godly joy buoys people in the midst of grave trials, providing hope for a glorious future.

The Great Flood (Part Seven)

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh, reflecting on the passage, "God repented" or "it repented God," suggesting that God sometimes changes, seemingly contradicting the facet of God that He does not change (James 1:17) presents us a problem when we need to have faith in His changelessness. The problem resides in the semantic …

Extremes of Idolatry: Graven Images and Sacred Names

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Some stretch the second commandment to condemn the use of all paintings, photographs, and sculptures. Others claim only Hebrew names for God can be used.

'Perfect In His Generations'

'Ready Answer' by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Noah was 'perfect in his generation'. Is God describing racial purity, as many have imagined? When we take away the bias, the meaning of the Hebrew becomes clear.

Was Canaan Cursed for Ham's Sin (Genesis 9:24-25)?

Bible Questions & Answers

Ham was the first on the scene after his son's perverse act. Later, when Noah awakes, knows that Canaan had defiled him, and Noah curses Canaan for it.

Spiritual Blindness (Part Two): The God of This Age

'Prophecy Watch' by David C. Grabbe

Scripture reveals God's ability to open people's eyes to the truth or to blind them to it, but Satan is never shown doing so, only deceiving.

Why Do Many Bibles Show Some Words in Italics?

Bible Questions & Answers

No language can be translated word for word. The translators of the Geneva Bible distinguished such necessarily added words by italicizing them.