Bible Difficulties


97709728Thor: The Dark World, the latest addition to the Marvel cinematic universe, hits theatres today. If you’re looking for a tale of other worldly warriors, look no further than the Bible.

Genesis 6 offers a cast of characters known as the Nephilim. Little is said about who or what they were. Speculations abound. (more…)

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Most people are familiar with John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” It’s the go-to verse for budding evangelists, the bottom rim of In–N-Out cups, and Tim Tebow’s face. But not every verse can be plucked from the Bible to stand well (and be properly understood) on its own.

In a five-part series, philosopher-theologian Kenneth Samples, physicist and long-time student of the Scripture Dave Rogstad, and Theology Mom Krista Bontrager take a look at a “Top 10 (or so) Misunderstood Bible Verses.” (more…)

A couple of weeks ago Take Two discussed 5 common myths about Christmas. Last week, we looked at the significance of the wise men. This week, we glimpse at another key “figure” in the Christmas story—the star of Bethlehem. (more…)

Christmastime is here! For many of us, the holiday brings happiness and cheer and longstanding traditions. One that my family and neighbors participated in when I was a kid was Las Posadas (the inn). Basically a procession of “pilgrims” (neighborhood families) goes house to house asking for lodging. The residents refuse (as planned) and the journey continues until the “innkeeper” takes them in. This festivity serves as a reenactment of Mary and Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem. Plus it comes with plenty of singing, tamale eating, and piñata breaking! (more…)

That’s Space Mountain in the left foreground.

Southern California may not be for everyone, but I love living here. Yeah, it can get a little smoggy at times. But when the wind or rain clears the air, we get breathtaking evening skies streaked with pearly white or neon pink clouds. This photo captured our view from the Disneyland Monorail one September evening.

A Sunny Conundrum

The sky plays an important role in answering a common challenge to biblical creation. (more…)

If there’s one issue that really divides old-earth and young-earth creationism, it’s animal death before the Fall. For many, the idea of an ancient Earth is unacceptable because such a time frame would necessitate animal death prior to Adam and Eve’s sin—a scenario often viewed as incompatible with the loving and benevolent God of the Bible. (more…)

Animal Death before the Fall

Remember when March of the Penguins hit theatres? Though family-friendly, the documentary doesn’t shy away from the perils of an emperor penguin’s life. One scene shows a leopard seal snatching up a mother penguin on her way to deliver food to her mate and chick. Her death meant the demise of the chick because starvation would force the father to abandon it.

Life is harsh in the animal kingdom. (more…)

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