Question & Answer Friday – Does the Babylonian Talmud Undermine the Bible?

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Question:

First I want to state that I am a Christian and not an atheist attacking Christianity. But I have two questions.

  1. First, since the Babylonian Talmud says Jesus had five disciples and none of the disciple’s names resembled Jesus’ disciples’, couldn’t this mean that the disciples in the Bible aren’t the true disciples and the Bible is a lie?
  2. For my second question. How do we know for a fact that the gospels were written by true eyewitness accounts and not lies. How do we know that the early church didn’t just have writers come in and make up lies or stretch the truth to convert people?

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Question & Answer Friday – Am I lost if I convert to Judaism?

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Question:

I am a Christian but I am really attracted to Judaism and I want to be involved in Jewish community. Do I lose my salvation if I deny Jesus and convert to Judaism?

Answer:

The greatest gift you could give your Jewish friends is the Gospel message of true salvation through faith in Jesus Christ.  The apostle Paul while engaged in persecuting those that believed in Jesus Christ was confronted by Jesus Himself. Because Jesus Christ revealed to Paul His true identity as the Messiah Paul left Judaism.  Later he would be so brokenhearted about his Jewish brethren’s lack of understanding concerning their true Messiah, Jesus Christ that he would say, “I have great sorrow and unceasing grief in my heart. For I could wish that I myself were accursed, separated from Christ for the sake of my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh, who are Israelites” (Romans 9:2-4).

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Psalm 119 Part 2

Psalms - The Songbook of Israel

The Hebrew title for the Psalms is the word “Tehilim” which means “praise songs” “Psalms” in the Greek is Psalmoi and means a “collection of poems sung to musical accompaniment.” Psalm 40 seems to embody these definitions – “He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God.  Many will see and hear and put their trust in God.”

This is the exposition of Psalm 119:5-9.

I hope you will be encouraged and gain new insight as you study through the book of Psalms with me. Enjoy!

Question & Answer Friday – Is Porn Art?

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Question:

What is the difference between porn and art or movies or writing or photos that affirm and communicate very frankly that making love in a loving marriage is something that glorifies God? What about art that communicates that the human body is a beautiful thing that glorifies God because we are fearfully and wonderfully made?

Answer:

Your question appears to cover a couple of different categories and therefore a broader answer is provided. Let’s start by defining our terms.

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Question and Answer Friday – What’s Up With Ecclesiastes?

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Question:

I was reading Ecclesiastes and wondered why it`s so gloomy. The writer seems to be depressed and angry, one of the first lines is `Everything is meaningless` why so down?

Answer:

One of the things people encounter when they read Ecclesiastes is the sense of anxiety bordering on hopelessness.  The reason for this is because the “Preacher” as the writer of Ecclesiastes is often referred to, is writing from his own viewpoint.  What this means is what you are reading, while the inspired Word of God, is not God’s perspective on life, it is man’s perspective on life.

The writer of the book is expressing every man’s thoughts when life is lived out apart from God.  No amount of earthly treasures, pleasures, or activities can fill the emptiness of the human soul when God does not fill it up with His Holy Spirit.   However, in this seeming despair over the futility of seeking satisfaction in earthly things, readers will also note that the writer points readers to a God-centered view of life.  This is the true value of Ecclesiastes – showing the shortcomings of human wisdom and philosophy for answering life questions and presenting instead the timeless and divine wisdom of God.

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