The Problem of Matthew 12:40 – Revisited

One of the most problematic passages in the New Testament—as far as bible prophecy is concerned—is Matthew 12:40. It is an especially important passage because the prophecy it contains is said to have been uttered by none other than Jesus himself. As we shall soon see, that prophecy failed to be fulfilled as stated. It perhaps was in the Galilean town of Capernaum that certain ‘scribes and Pharisees’ approached Jesus and asked him to perform…
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About Those “Fulfilled” Prophecies Regarding Judas

Christian apologists have always tended to see Jesus fulfilling Scripture at practically every turn. The story of Jesus’ betrayal by Judas proves to be yet another example of it. In Matthew 27 we read the following:             When Judas, who had betrayed him, saw that Jesus was condemned, he was seized with remorse and returned the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and the elders. “I  have sinned,” he said, “for I have betrayed innocent…
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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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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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On Prayer

 A Theological/Bible Related Commentary Have you ever asked yourself why Christians feel the need to pray? The faithful will tell you that they pray for a wide variety of reasons. They may pray to their God to praise Him for being so loving and wonderful, or merely to give “thanks” for the “blessings” He’s bestowed upon them. Some pray to confess their “sins” directly to God and thus make their remorse feel all that more sincere. Many pray to seek God’s Divine help or…
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“While it Was Still Dark . . .” Part I

A Theological/Bible Related Commentary Part I      Picture the scene: Mary Magdalene has just arrived at the tomb of Jesus on “the first day of the week”―but while it is still  dark  (John 20:1).       Mary is stunned to find the entrance tomb stone rolled back and the tomb itself empty. She is further stunned to find that not a single angel (or two) is to be found either inside or  outside the tomb as reported in the gospels of…
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