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Genesis 32:22-28 BDC: Did Jacob wrestle with an angel or God and how could he have been victorious either way?

Edward D. Andrews Just how powerful is an angel? 2 Kings 19:35 tells “And that night the angel of Jehovah went out and struck down one hundred and eighty-five thousand in the camp of the Assyrians; and when they arose... Continue Reading →

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Matthew 2:2 BDC: Astrology is condemned in God’s Word, so why use a star to guide the Magi (astrologers) to the birth of Jesus Christ?

Matthew 2:2 Updated American Standard Version (UASV) 2 “Where is he who has been born King of the Jews? For we saw his star in the east and have come to do him homage.”[1] Astrology is the study of the movements and relative... Continue Reading →

WHAT IS THE BIBLE’s VIEW? Is God Trying You with Evil?

James 1:13-15 Updated American Standard Version (UASV) 13 Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted[1] with evil,[2] and he himself tempts no one. 14 But each one is tempted when... Continue Reading →

James 5:12 BDC: Is oath-taking forbidden or blessed?

James 5:12 Updated American Standard Version (UASV) 12 But above all, my brothers, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or by any other oath, but let your “yes” be yes and your “no” be no,[1] so that you... Continue Reading →

Matthew 12:40 – How many days was Jesus in the tomb?

Some argue for three days, based on Jesus’ words, Matthew 12:40 Updated American Standard Version (UASV) 40 For just as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man... Continue Reading →

James 2:19 – If the demons believe in God, then why are they not saved?

James 2:19 Updated American Standard Version (UASV) 19 You believe that God is one. You do well; the demons also believe, and shudder. The Bible difficulty here is that the Bible says that for one to receive salvation, they must “Believe... Continue Reading →

James 2:12 – Does the law bring liberty or bondage?

James 2:12 Updated American Standard Version (UASV) 12 So speak and so act as men who are to be judged by the law of liberty. The Bible difficulty is this: James is saying that the law of God brings liberty into... Continue Reading →

James 1:13 – If God doesn’t tempt anyone, then why did he tempt Abraham?

The problem is this: Jesus said for us to pray, “do not lead us into temptation.” (Matt. 6:13) The apostle James tells us, “he [i.e., God] himself tempts no one.” Yet, the Bible says, “God tempted Abraham” (Gen. 22:1, KJV),... Continue Reading →

APOLOGETIC EVANGELISM – What are “the elementary things of the world” that Paul warned us about?

Colossians 2:8 Updated American Standard Version (UASV) 8 See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy[1] and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary things of the world and not according to Christ.... Continue Reading →

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