Archive for February, 2010

Archaeologist sees proof for Bible in ancient wall

February 23, 2010

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Genealogies in the Bible, Why?

February 23, 2010

1 Timothy 1:4 Neither give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which minister questions, rather than godly edifying which is in faith: so do.
Titus 3:9 ¶But avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and vain.

Genealogies were important up until Christ was born, to show the lineage of the Messiah and the fulfillment of the prophecies. Following that, the genealogies have served their purpose, and so God did not preserve them past 70 AD when the Jews were first scattered, especially after 120 AD after yet another rebellion against Rome.

The other purpose of the genealogies was to establish the lineage of Jesus Christ back to the Creation.

Jesus was the realization of the promises to Abraham, and the promises that he would be a “son of David”, whence the record in Matthew 1. And the prophecies from the Garden pointed to him, whence the record in Luke back to Adam and Eve.

Another purpose is to date the world from Creation.


Job’s Sin

February 22, 2010

From the Bible: Job 2:3 And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil? and still he holdeth fast his integrity, although thou movedst me against him, to destroy him without cause.

Hannah’s explanation is pretty good. But the main idea relevant to this discussion is that Satan has to ask permission of God for anything he does, at least outside certain prescribed limits.

Job had his own lessons to learn, the biggest one, that many righteous people have to learn. He was “righteous in all his ways”, but he had an attitude, self-righteousness, which he finally admits toward the end of the book, after complaining up to then that he was unjustly suffering. That of course is the biggest sin.


Straightforward Reading of Bible Prophecies

February 21, 2010

___The best approach to reading Biblical scripture, especially prophecy, is to understand that it had to be expressed in the language of the prophet and the prophet’s era, incorporating figures of speech into its application to the real world.

This applies especially to those visions of future technologies that they had to express in their own language.

Nahum 2:3-4 is an example of this, unmistakable a description of a modern interstate or autobahn (at night) in the prophet’s vocabulary. Nobody in his right mind can “spiritualize” it to anytime before the 20th century at all, because chariot travel did not change until the internal combustion engine got manufactured en masse. It had to be a view of a modern interstate or autobahn, at night no less:

Nahum 2:3  The shield of his mighty men is made red, the valiant men are in scarlet: the chariots shall be with flaming torches in the day of his preparation, and the fir trees shall be terribly shaken.
4  The chariots shall rage in the streets, they shall justle one against another in the broad ways: they shall seem like torches, they shall run like the lightnings.

That said, it is still important to understand that sometimes prophets did NOT understand some of their own prophecies. Also, it depends on “how much” understanding is meant when you say “understanding”.

Daniel 12:8 And I heard, but I understood not: then said I, O my Lord, what shall be the end of these things?
9 And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end.

Daniel no doubt understood that after Greece (which he named) conquered the Medo-Persian Empire, there would be another great empire that would take over, but did not have a name for it. Zechariah described the effect of a nuclear explosion on a person at a certain distance from the center, but did he “understand” it? Daniel said (in chapter 12) that “knowledge shall be increased” but could he have any idea about the knowledge that is getting multiplied every year after the advent of cheap information storage and literally lightning-fast communications?


Does God favor English for his Bible? Or the KJB?

February 20, 2010

A lot of people who deny that God would anoint one particular “version” of his word over another, they will ask what about other languages?
Many who deny that the KJB could be the one true Bible and the rest not, often ask something like “Does the same argument apply to (e.g.) French, German, Dutch, Spanish or Italian, which are spoken by millions of Christians around the world?”

The arrogance of some Americans overseas in times past always irked me. But….

It is just as arrogant to deny a role for English as it is to deny a role for Hebrew. Or Greek. Why question God?

> Does the same argument apply to (e.g.) French, German, Dutch, Spanish or Italian, which are spoken by millions of Christians around the world ?

> If not, why not ?

Because God knows more than you, or me, he sees the end from the beginning.

God spoke Hebrew in the OT, Greek in the NT, and English in KJB. Greek was the world’s de-facto international language in the times of the NT, so God made sure his word got into Greek.

God also knew in 1611 that English would be THE de-facto international language in later centuries, and that it would march around the world, and dominate its life. He knew that nobody understood ancient Greek anymore, Greece included.

God knows that with a real living language of substantial reach, it’s more difficult for the snotty-nose crowd to pull a fast one on the rest of us, spouting nonsense about “…What it really means is..” The Jews couldn’t pull a fast one on anybody in Roman times because it was the de facto international language, period, end of story.

Like the snotty-nose Harvard Divinity graduates crowd now working on the translations from your favorite publisher.

Psalms 75:7 But God is the judge: he putteth down one, and setteth up another.

Almost since they’ve had “international airports”, the traffic controllers have to speak FLUENT English everywhere. Air traffic controllers in North Korea MUST speak FLUENT English or they don’t get the job. And Iran. And Venezuela. And Russia. And Latin America. And “outer Mongolia”.

When I was a missionary in Columbia, a businessman asked me to translate a business letter for him from Brazil written in ENGLISH.

The best computer hackers around the world who speak English as a SECOND language, (the good kind, that just like to do programming and tech stuff), insist that English is an absolute MUST if you want to be a tech-savvy computer whiz. Eric Raymond of the Open Software Foundation, wrote a list of things you needed to do or be to excel, and all the hackers from Germany, France and around the world roared at him to include ENGLISH.

China, that great bastion of anti-American sentiment, is now teaching ENGLISH in all their schools, and it is almost easy for American missionaries to sneak in there because they are still desperate to get better at it. I work with a gal who came recently from there, and her mastery of English is impressive.

During my time in the Dominican Republic, the doctors that I met that wanted to keep up with their fields read magazines in ENGLISH. Some of them didn’t even speak it, but they read all the technical tomes in fluent ENGLISH.


“….English is the most widely scattered of the great speech communities. It is also the most commonly used auxiliary language in the world. The United Nations uses English not only as one of its official languages but also as one of its two working languages….”

It’s the “lingua franca” of the world. In another reference, an author argued for a new invented language for “the” language of Europe, but he had to argue his case against English.


Reflect the light to an evil world…

February 6, 2010

We can’t understand everything about what we consider evil, but one
thing to ponder is that if God were to stop all evil in the world, he
would have to stop YOU individually and ME too.

Meantime, Jesus commanded us to let his joy be in us. The light of Jesus
shines in many people, it reflects in their countenance, even as they
are persecuted in many countries around the world.

And it is a dazzling light. It burns through the worst of tyrannies,
even North Korea.

I have a missionary friend married to a Korean and working with North
Koreans and very active in what he calls an “advocacy ministry”, which
means he gathers information and shares it in circles of power to push
for more freedom for the North Koreans.

A true story is told about a North Korean Christian who went back in to
witness to others, who escaped to China after his companions were
killed. He met with Christians there, and went back in to witness.

Another Christian lady served some years in a prison camp. Some time
after her release, the prison camp guard appeared at her door. At first
she figured it was to take her away again, because she had never
renounced her Christ.

But he begged her to tell him what it was that they had, for he had seen
the countenance of the Christians that had been executed in his camp,
how they went cheerfully to meet Jesus.

Our job, the task before us who see such Evil in the world, is to share
Heaven with them. Salvation is of course the most important thing, as
the word mandates. But the world is improved in many other ways by the
measure of truly godly and Christlike people in it.

God has indeed done wonders to make the world better since Christ came
and grace and truth spread around the world with him.

The end of gladiator fights, the end of slavery in early Christian
Europe from the influence of Saint Patrick and others through Europe,
the promotion of literacy among peoples who lacked it before, the end of
human sacrifice and infanticide throughout the world (with the modern
exception of the prenatal infanticide holocaust), universities,
hospitals, clinics, orphanages, emergency response ministries (Red Cross).

Modern science itself was birthed in Christian cultures based on the
Biblical principle that God as Creator had ordained an orderly universe
that could be discovered, and science has gone forward in helping heal
people around the world.

It is the enemies of Christ who want to end all this, at the same time
as they use Pavlovian tricks to fool people into thinking that their own
machinations, and those of their father the devil, are God’s doing.

We rejoice in Jesus Christ our Lord which hath given us the victory.