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 […]
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: 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: 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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
MARRIAGE LAW: the Bible says Christians should submit to governments, so should you stop opposing gay marriage?
The original question was: Since Paul says in Romans 13, that “Christians should Submit to governments”, doesn’t that mean that Christians, such as you lot, should stop opposing gay marriage, and start having ministers who will marry gays and transgenders? Answer by Joseph Hubbard To answer this let us look at the full context of […]