Jephthah’s Daughter: A Bible Story of God and Human Sacrifice – The Conclusion

The Slaying of Jephthah’s Daughter We saw in Part I that Christian apologists insist that Jephthah did not  ritually slaughter his own daughter and offer her up as a burnt-offering to the God of Israel. Instead, apologists maintain, Jephthah’s “sacrifice” was that his daughter was fated to consecrate the rest of her life as an unmarried virgin in full devotion to God. And, consequently, Jephthah to lose the opportunity to carry on the family’s lineage.…
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Jephthah’s Daughter: A Bible Story of God and Human Sacrifice – Part I

The Old Testament Book of Judges relates a story that almost defies belief. It’s the story of a mighty Israelite warrior named Jephthah who ends up offering up his only daughter  as both human sacrifice and “burnt offering” up to the God of Israel. How this came about is related in Judges 11:29 – 39. The events appear to have occurred sometime between the years 1118 -1094 B.C.E. A Semite tribe known as the Ammonites…
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A Fool Has Said in His Heart . . .

  “The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt; they have committed  abominable deeds; There is not one who does good.” What atheist hasn’t had the words of Psalm 14:1 (paralleled in 53:1) hurled in their direction at some point in a debate with proselytizing Christians? And were they not, on occasion, dispatched with a haughtiness bordering on contempt? But all is not what it seems. There is a side to Psalm 14:1 that atheist-disparaging…
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“And He Could Do No Miracles There”

In Chapter 6 of the Gospel of Mark, we read that the God Jesus miraculously exorcised a “demon-possessed” man in the “country of the Gerasenes,”[1] located on the Western side of the Sea of Galilee. He then returns to the Eastern shore where He cures a woman suffering from chronic vaginal bleeding,[2] and raises a dead 12-year-old daughter of a Jewish synagogue leader back to life. Jesus next travels to Nazareth to preach to the…
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Did Jesus Really “Die” on the Cross?

  Combine John 1:1 with John 1:14’s “And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son,[d] full of grace and truth,” and the result is Christianity’s Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus, Christian apologists, tell us, was born a hybrid, unlike anything humanity, has ever witnessed; being simultaneously both 100% “fully human” AND 100% full deity inextricably bound to form a Man-God. In…
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The God Jesus on the Date of His Second Coming. (Part 1)

After “prophesying” the destruction of the Jewish Temple, the God Jesus and His immediate disciples move on to the Mount of Olives. It is there that the disciples ask Jesus when His Second Coming is to occur? “God” replies with an astounding declaration, a declaration that has confounded Christian apologists for ages: “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away. But about that day or hour no one knows, not…
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An Atheist’s Take On What Really  Happened In the Garden of Eden.

     The following is a tongue-in-cheek atheist’s take as to what events may  have actually occurred  in regards to the fictitious Garden of Eden story in Genesis. Be forewarned, it will undoubtedly offend some viewers. Yet, it is  in line with what we can glean from the Bible. 1.   The Prelude: The God  Jesus creates everything in existence (John 1:3; Colossians 1:16; and Revelation 4:11), including very evil itself. He then creates a booby-trapped “Tree…
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The God Jesus on the Date of His Second Coming – The Conclusion

     In Part I, we addressed the claim that Jesus didn’t know the date of His own Second Coming because He voluntarily “emptied himself “of that knowledge through a theological  process known as “kenosis.”      In Part II, we will address a variant of the Kenosis Argument which Christian apologists have termed the Hypostatic Union, or “two natures” of Christ Jesus.      We’ve already established the Christian belief that Jesus was born a one-of-a-kind hybrid…
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On What Day Was Jesus to Arise From the Dead? Part I

A Theological/Bible Related Commentary Part I      The New Testament actually provides two  answers as to when Jesus was to arise from the dead.      In the one instance, Jesus tells his disciples: “They will kill him [i.e.,the Son of Man], and ON the third day he will be raised to life.” (Matthew 17:23; NIV; emphasis mine) and in another, Jesus says this: “The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by…
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On What Day Was Jesus to Arise From the Dead? Part II

A Theological/Bible Related Commentary Part II      In Part I of this article, we focused on the Christian apologetic argument that “On the third day” and “After three days” are, in reality, one and the same “day.” This is a claim that is rigorously defended on the Christian website Apologetic Press.*  So now we will turn our attention to another angle Christian apologists have used to reconcile the apparent contradiction between “On” the third day,…
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On What Day Was Jesus to Arise From the Dead? Part III

A Theological/Bible Related Commentary Part III – The Rebuttal Begins         In Part I of this article, we addressed the fact that the website Apologetic Press rigorously defends the bizarre idea that “On the third day,” and “After three days” both denote one and the same day. (And is not the only apologetic source to do so either.**) The Apologetic Press’ Eric Lyons writes: “…as awkward as it may sound to an American living in…
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On What Day Was Jesus to Arise From the Dead? – The Conclusion

A Theological/Bible Related Commentary          We now turn to yet another  difficulty Christian apologists must be forced to contend with. And one which is not quite so readily apparent.         In John 20:1, we learn that Mary Magdalene, traveling alone, made her way to Jesus tomb, “while it was still dark” on the first day of the week (i.e., “Sunday”), only to find it empty. But we also learn from 28:1 that…
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