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The Books of the Bible

Posted: February 20, 2012 by Amy Hall in God Has Spoken

Tim Challies created an infographic to give you an overview of the books of the Bible. Click on the image below to view the full-size version, or you can download a high-quality PDF and desktop wallpaper from Challies’s site.

Have you heard this one yet?

If God told you to kill your child, would you do it?

I think you’re going to have to ask a few questions of the atheist (or whomever is challenging you) before you can answer this one. But the trick is to make your response as concise as possible, because people are rarely open to hearing in-depth answers to “gotcha” questions. How would you get him interested in your answer? How would you diffuse the “gotcha!” bomb? Take your best shot, and be sure you’re here on Thursday to hear Brett’s answer.

(Photo from The Brick Testament)

New Testament Manuscripts

Posted: November 21, 2011 by Brett Kunkle in God Has Spoken

I had the privilege of meeting New Testament scholar Dan Wallace at ETS last week.  According to Dan, we currently have about 5,810 New Testament manuscripts and more are being found each year.  Check out the exciting project Dan is involved with:

Who Wrote the Gospels?

Posted: November 9, 2011 by Amy Hall in God Has Spoken

Michael Kruger explains some reasons we have for thinking the authors were Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.

Here’s a question from David, one of our readers:

I was wondering if you could answer the accusation that Christians many times get, which is that God and the Bible are sexist. I guess there are lots of verses and examples which may seem like it is. But one that I was recently asked was, why did God choose all the major prophets in the Bible to be male, and why were all the apostles men?

Although I was wondering if you could address God’s sexism in the Bible in general, maybe you could answer some specific examples also. I know there is one verse which says that women are the weaker vessel, women should remain silent, why was it the woman Eve who first sinned, and so on. I would really appreciate any help you can give me.

It might take too long for Brett to cover all the specific examples, so we’d especially like to hear how you’d respond to David on those. I think the answer to the overall question is rooted in how men and women were created (i.e., their different gifts and weaknesses in general) and in the key idea that different gifts and roles do not indicate different value. And since I’m a girl, I can say it, and now you all have permission to say it, so go for it. We’ll hear from Brett on Thursday.

Here’s my response to this week’s challenge:

This comic from an atheist site sums up a few different Bible-related objections to the pro-life position that human life at all stages is worthy of rights and protection.

So a friend sends you the comic…how do you respond? Which objection do you answer first? (Incidentally, from what I hear from pro-choicers, they really do think that the motivation behind the pro-life position is a desire to control women. That’s something to keep in mind whenever you have conversations about abortion.)

We’ll hear Alan’s response on Thursday.

Challenge Response: Biblical Law Is Immoral

Posted: September 29, 2011 by Brett Kunkle in God Has Spoken, Weekly Challenge

My response to this week’s challenge:

Challenge: Biblical Law Is Immoral

Posted: September 27, 2011 by Amy Hall in God Has Spoken, Weekly Challenge

The challenge this week comes from a press release from Orange County’s Backyard Skeptics, who staged a demonstration where they tore pages out of the Bible to show that 1) nobody can live by certain laws, and 2) some of those laws are immoral:

Many Christians feel the Bible is inerrant and has no contradictions or immoral passages. Most Christians have not read the Bible or can even recite the Ten Commandments. A recent Pew poll indicated that atheists know more about the Bible than Christians do.

To demonstrate that, when given a immoral biblical law, nearly all Christians agree with atheists that the law should not be used in today’s society. A group of atheists from Backyard Skeptics will be tearing those verses from the Bible much like one of America’s founding fathers Thomas Jefferson did. He cut and pasted verses when he created the Jefferson Bible – at only 88 pages!

Backyard Skeptics, the largest group of non-theists in Orange County, agree as well – those immoral verses should not be used as a ruler of morality. Should a woman who was raped be forced to marry her rapist? Should children be stoned for insubordination? Should non-virgins be killed on their wedding night? Both the Old Testament and New Testament have laws that no good Christian would live by. Backyard Skeptics founder Bruce Gleason agrees that there are many parts of the bronzed-aged text that teach fairness and goodness, but those verses are good whether or not you believe in an omnipotent law-giver. He says we are not desecrating the entire Bible – just those verses that, if followed, would land one in jail very quickly.

So there’s plenty to work with there! Have you thought through your relationship to the Law as a Christian? What is the Law? What was it for? Why don’t we follow it today? Should we?

Tell us what you would say to these atheists, and then we’ll hear Brett’s response on Thursday.

September’s podcasts from Alan and Brett:

Thinking Out Loud with Alan Shlemon: “Serving the Church in Egypt, While in Lebanon.” Alan talks about his recent trip to Lebanon and training Egyptians in witnessing to Muslims (RSS, iTunes).

Just Think with Brett Kunkle: “Is the Bible Intolerant?” At a recent youth conference, Brett helped students think through the accusation that the Bible and Bible-believing Christians are intolerant (RSS, iTunes).

And we have a third one today, as well—Brett’s podcast for parents, youth leaders, and educators:

Bulletproof with Brett Kunkle: “The Culture’s One-Two Punch.” At a recent support-raising banquet, Brett discussed two powerful cultural challenges our youth face: the intellectual and the moral. And what’s the result when youth are unprepared for them? We lose them (RSS, iTunes).

You can always find links to our podcasts on the homepage.