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 […]
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 […]
The original question was: Why was Cain’s vegetable offering not accepted by God? We know that offerings of grain and other plant products were allowed under the Law of Moses, so wasn’t Cain’s attitude the problem, rather than the type of offering? Answer by John Mackay The account of Adam’s two sons Cain and Abel, […]
Answer by John Mackay The word Maundy is an English devolution of the old Latin word ‘mandate’. It’s connection with the Thursday before Easter is found in John 13:31 onwards where we read that at the Last Supper, Jesus told his disciples that “A new commandment I give unto you, That you love one another; […]
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 […]
1 John 3:11-12 (NKJV) states: “For this is the message that you heard from the beginning, that we should love one another, not as Cain who was of the wicked one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his works were evil and his brother’s righteous.” Since Cain was born from […]
Answer by Diane Eager and John Mackay Have you noticed that the Old Testament has one major difference from the New Testament when it comes to people? In the Old Testament, there is a lot of description; hair length, size, colour, ethnicity, etc, but in the New Testament it is almost entirely absent. There is […]
The original question was: I have noticed that the Hebrew word ‘min’, translated into English as kind, is used many times in association with plants and animals being commanded by God to ‘multiply ‘after their own kind’, but and as far as I can tell, it is never used in reference to ‘Man’ – how […]
CAIN’S DESCENDANTS? If Cain’s line died out in the flood why are they listed as ancestors in 1 Chronicles?
The original question was: “If Cain’s descendants didn’t make it through the flood how is it they are mentioned in 1 Chronicles 2:55? The word “Kenite” in the Strong’s number 7017, says it is patronymic from H7014, which is the offspring of Cain. How can this be?” Answer by John Osgood and John Mackay. Let’s […]
The original question was: Why do you people get so fascinated with living fossils? After all, any survivors from evolution would, by definition, have to be living fossils. It doesn’t prove a thing. Answer by John Mackay Charles Darwin was fascinated by living fossils and so are we! Darwin is the man who defined the […]