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 […]
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 […]
ADAM & EVE: Who were Adam and Eve?
Answer by Diane Eager This question reminds us of a church enterprise we came across recently. An Australian country church brought the local hotel when it went bankrupt. Their aim was to make it into a youth centre. They discovered the publican had named the toilets Adam and Eve, but they had to change this […]
HOMOSEXUALITY: Are you born that way?
Answer by John Mackay Let’s start by asking the question:Was Elton? In the late 1960s rock music star Elton John was engaged to a woman, Linda Woodrow, who was described as his lover. This engagement was broken, but on 14 February 1984 he married German sound engineer Renate Blauel in Sydney, Australia. Of course this […]
DIVINE RAPE? How can you believe in a God who would order girls raped in Numbers 31?
The original question was: How can you believe in the Old Testament God who would order young girls raped in Numbers 31? Why don’t you at least replace him with the much nicer New Testament Jesus! Answer by John Mackay Let’s just check what Numbers 31 says first selecting from verses1-18 31:1 … the Lord […]
CAIN’S WIFE: If Adam & Eve only had Cain and Abel, who was the woman Cain took as a wife?
Did Adam and Eve only have Cain and Abel?