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October 20, 2016
The Baptism of Christ, Joachim Patinir (c. 1480-1524)

Christians have always known that the four canonical Gospels describe the same major events in Christ’s life but in different ways. For example, consider what God says at Jesus’ baptism. In Mark 1:11 and Luke 3:22, God says, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.” But in Matthew 3:17 God says, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.” So which is it? Did God say, “You are my beloved son” or “This is my beloved son?”

The apocryphal second-century Gospel of...

September 8, 2016

Critics of the New Testament often claim that the names of the authors of the Gospels were added after they had already been in circulation in the early Church. Instead of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, they say, the real authors were anonymous Christians who relied on hearsay and legend rather than eyewitness testimony.

Is there evidence for this claim?

First, it should be noted that even if the earliest copies of the Gospels did not contain the names of their authors, that...

May 7, 2015

This creature is mentioned several times in the King James Version of the Bible. According to the author of the Skeptics Annotated Bible, “A cockatrice is a serpent, hatched from a cock’s egg, that can kill with a glance. They are rare nowadays.” Of course, Wells is being facetious and thinks the cockatrice is evidence that the Bible is not divinely inspired but is merely a man-made collection of fables.

Is he right?

 

The Cockatrice in the KJV...

April 2, 2015

Some atheists say the Bible is unscientific because it encourages “faith-healing,” or praying for the sick instead of treating them with medicine developed through human ingenuity. These critics then cite tragic stories of “Bible-believing” parents who chose to pray for their very sick children instead of taking them to a hospital. This is then used as evidence in support of the idea that religion is inherently dangerous.

But as tragic as these and other stories are, they only tell us...

December 4, 2014

In May Gallup released a poll showing how American opinions towards the Bible have changed in the last twenty years. The poll is summarized well in the graphic to the right, but for easy reference here are the results:

 

1.  The Bible is the actual word of God and should be taken literally, word for word (-9%)

2.  The Bible is the inspired word of God, but not...