Category Archives: Old Testament

68. Is God… evil?

The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, … Continue reading

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67. Why doesn’t the Bible acknowledge microorganisms?

So much has been written by creationists and intelligent design proponents about the origin and complexity of single-celled organisms that one might assume the Bible was filled with references to them. But while the Bible does mention the creation of trees, … Continue reading

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63. If God can write on a wall, why can’t he write his own Bible?

Suddenly the fingers of a human hand appeared and wrote on the plaster of the wall, near the lampstand in the royal palace. The king watched the hand as it wrote. — Daniel 5:5 According to Daniel chapter 5, God … Continue reading

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60. Did Zechariah 9:9-10 accurately predict that Jesus would ride a colt? And become a king? And bring world peace?

Let’s finish out Zechariah 9, which contains some of the Bible’s most specific prophecies about the messiah. Zechariah 9:9-10 As you’ll recall, God (speaking through his mouthpiece Zechariah) had encouraged the Jewish remnant to rebuild his temple, which he promised … Continue reading

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59. Did Zechariah fail to predict the fate of the second temple? (Zechariah 9:8)

If the Bible is the product of divine inspiration, then there should be no failed prophecies, and many Christians claim there are none. Fulfilled prophecy is strong evidence that God is the author of the Bible because when you look … Continue reading

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54. Did Isaiah 7:14 predict the virgin birth of Jesus?

Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel. — Isaiah 7:14 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: “The virgin will conceive and give … Continue reading

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53. Is the Bible divinely inspired? Or did it evolve over time?

Another argument that is made to demonstrate the Bible’s divine inspiration is the argument from consistency, which goes something like this: It [the Bible] is truly an amazingly consistent document. The messages of approximately 40 different writers of the 66 books … Continue reading

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