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Who Killed Goliath?

Published: January 23, 2020
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At Church last night a man confronted me saying that a professor had proven that it was not David that killed Goliath, but Jonathan. In studying the section in 2 Sam 21, I use NKJV but the people at my church use an Afrikaans bible (One of the languages in South Africa) and as it turns out the translators were not accurate. How can I explain this?


Wide And Narrow Paths, Follow Up

Published: January 23, 2020
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Love your web site and look forward to your articles, I agree with your answers most of the time. However, on your answer to the wide and narrow paths, you mention the wide path being dependent on our religious works where as I was thinking that the wide path is all unbelievers and the narrow path being the believers. What do you say?


Constantine And The Bible

Published: January 22, 2020
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You have written about the origin of the Bible but I cannot find the article on your site. You spoke of the original canon/authority/collaboration of both the Old and New Testaments. My question is: What influence/part, if any, did Constantine have in putting the Bible together? I’ve researched the internet a bit but I am finding quite a bit of conflicting information.


The Wide And Narrow Paths

Published: January 22, 2020
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My father passed away last fall and since then I have been worrying if I will see him again. I believe in God and have accepted Jesus as my savior but my mind just keeps wondering about if I will see him again. All of this worrying is really affecting my ability to live life. The Bible says something like narrow is the path to life but wide is the path to destruction. Does that mean not many people will get to heaven? I worry about messing up the opportunity of going to heaven and not seeing my dad again. Can you please help me?


The Books Of The Bible

Published: January 22, 2020
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There are so many versions of the bible out, NKJ, NIV, etc to name just a few, and then there is the Catholic Bible with the Apocrypha. How do we know that we have the right books in the bible? Maybe that’s why there are cults out there that state that the bible has been changed and by man. Could you explain why certain books are in our bible and why there are certain books that were not accepted and why is it that the Catholics have additional books that the Protestant world doesn’t? Are those “missing books” not the word of God?


A Question On Witnessing

Published: January 21, 2020
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If you’re witnessing to an individual and their objection to the Bible concerning Jesus fulfilling Old Testament prophecy is that the New Testament books were written long after the death and resurrection of Jesus. It would have been easy for a people knowledgeable in the Old Testament prophecy concerning the Messiah to be certain that all of the prophecies concerning the Messiah were included. How can I help this person?


The Rich Man And Lazarus

Published: January 21, 2020
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In an article, you wrote you said something that I have not been able to thus far prove – (the rich man’s name was Dives). In the Lord’s parables, the characters weren’t named. My question is: Where did you find this reference?


Does The Lord Honor My Tithe?

Published: January 21, 2020
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My husband and I differ on tithing. He gladly gives to the church and if there is any special need or project he will give, but he does not believe that we have to give the 10% all the time. On the other hand, I do, and since I’m the one that writes the check I tithe the 10%, but I base it on my earnings and not his. I have read that this is not acceptable to God and my tithe is not honored because I am going behind his back to do it. What do you think is right?

 


Why Was Lot Considered Righteous?

Published: January 20, 2020
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Can you help me understand why Lot and his daughters were considered righteous? First, he offers his daughters as potential rape victims to the Sodomites, then later on his daughters seduce their own father.


Where Was Aaron?

Published: January 20, 2020
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I was reading in the Book of Exodus where Moses is sent back to Egypt to demand that Pharaoh allow the Hebrews to go into the desert to worship God. As I read, I realized for the first time that I have no idea where Aaron was when Moses was being given his instructions. Any ideas? Did he leave Egypt to flee with Moses? Did Moses just meet up with him when he got back to Egypt?