The original question was: If we accept Moses as the author of Genesis then his use of the past tense to describe events such as creation, the fall and the flood, but his use of the present tense to describe the 4 rivers coming out of Eden in Genesis 2, must mean that the Garden […]
The original question was: As to Biblical references to the words homosexuals or sodomites, would I be correct in saying that the 1611 King James Version didn’t include either word, until the 1982 New King James Version – a period of 371 years later? Who or what caused the alteration? Why did the alteration take […]
Answer by John Osgood The answer is yes, and it comes from a rather surprising placename. Sumer is the ancient name for the region better known to most people as Babylonia. The Biblical name for the region is Shinar. It is the region where Genesis records the Tower of Babel was built. Why the difference? […]
Answer by John Mackay 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 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 […]