The original question was: Abraham had a concubine called Keturah and the Bible records he also married her. (1 Chronicles 1:32, Genesis 25:1-2) What is the time frame of these events and were Keturah’s children born before or after Sarah’s death? Answer by John Osgood and Diane Eager What is a concubine? In a polygamous […]
Answer by John Mackay and Diane Eager There are two issues here: was the original water in the sea salty; and if so, how could salt water fish survive in freshwater? Flood Water The water in Noah’s Flood came from three main sources. The first was the water that had been created on day one […]
Answer by Diane Eager We need to start by asking: What is venom? Venom is any harmful substance secreted by one animal and injected into another by biting or stinging. Now to ask: what is snake venom? It is a secretion from the salivary glands of snakes, which they use primarily for digesting things. The […]
POLEMIC? The early chapters of Genesis are a moral polemic against ancient pagan stories, so why do they have to be real history?
The original question was: My evangelical theological college teaches the early chapters of Genesis were written as a moral polemic against the multi-god, violent, and sexually immoral creation stories of the pagans, therefore we don’t need to regard Genesis 1-11 as real history. What do you think? Answer by Diane Eager and John Mackay To […]
DAIRY COWS suffer pain and inflammation if they are not milked, so did Adam and Eve have to milk cows?
Answer by Diane Eager To answer this question we need to consider what makes a cow produce milk in the first place. Like all mammals, cows produce milk to feed their babies. Therefore, the first time a cow will produce milk is when she has a calf. After that she will continue to produce milk […]
The original question was: While studying animals of the past such as the 15 meter long (48’) gigantic serpent Titanoboa cerrejonensis, who could have swallowed a man whole, I’ve discovered that many animals were of gargantuan dimensions. I can’t believe such animals were part of God’s original very good creation. If God created animals so […]
The original question was: Many of those who call themselves Evangelical Christians are increasingly accepting the idea that man evolved. Are there any problems if God created this way? Answer by Diane Eager Let’s start with the fact that it completely contradicts the Bible’s clear straightforward description of the origin of the first man and […]
HYBRIDS: If lions and tigers were intelligently designed, why are offspring of crosses between them infertile?
The original question was: If the tiger and lion were intelligently designed, why are they able to interbreed, but create only sterile offspring? The same is true with horse and donkey, they produce sterile offspring. Why? Answer by Diane Eager We need to start by asking just why we think these animals should be able […]
Answer by John Mackay Perhaps first, a little on angels in general will help. The word translated angel in English is from the NT Greek aggelos. It’s a masculine noun, so forget all those pretty female angels on the Christmas trees. They are fakes and frauds. Aggelos is best defined as ‘a messenger’, and generally […]
POLYGAMY: If God designed one man for one woman for life, why did many godly men, even Abraham, have many wives?
Answer by John Mackay The first clue in this situation is the common and generous use of the word “godly” that many of us apply to Abraham (originally Abram). It is really eye opening to discover the when, where and by whom Abraham was raised. He was a descendant of righteous Noah via Shem across […]