Whenever I ask English speaking people around the planet what fruit Eve ate, by far the majority will say apple. But if I ask: when is the first time the Bible mentions apples, almost no one knows. The second question is easy to find an answer for since the first time the word apple is […]
The original question was: Can a Christian use allah as the word for God, because in many cultures influenced by Arabic, allah is actually the word for god as well as the name of the Muslim god? Answer by John Mackay Let’s start by asking what do we know about the English word God? Genesis […]
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 […]
What is the origin of the word kind?
DAY: Thousands or Millions? Why doesn’t Peter say a day is as a million years to make his point stronger?
The original question was: Why doesn’t 2 Peter 3:8 read; “To the Lord a day is like a million years, and a million years is like a day.”? Surely the meaning would be the same as “one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.” Answer by […]
Answer by John Mackay There are several issues here that must be thought through: 1. How do we know when words are symbolic? For example: a teenager can say “that was wicked!” when they really mean “it was great!” and yet their youthful colleagues will know what is meant. What clues tell us one word […]
The original question was: A Bible Study guide book arranges the six days of creation described in Genesis 1 as two parallel groups of three, with the first three telling us God made the different parts of the creation, and the second three showing us what he made to function within each of the three […]
HOMOSEXUALITY? There is no reference to homosexuality in any Bible prior to the 1946 RSV so why do you oppose it?
When was the word homosexual invented?
How should we read Genesis 10 and 11?
This term relates to Duane Gish, but what is connection to John Mackay?