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Modern humans left Africa much earlier

Modern humans left Africa much earlier

A new article on BBC News entitled “Modern humans left Africa much earlier” was published on January 25, 2018. The story can be read here.

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Israel Hershkovitz, Tel Aviv Uni

Anthropological evolution is being revised again! Due to recent discoveries, “We have to rewrite the whole story of human evolution,” the article quotes researchers as admitting. If they only used the Bible as their guide, they wouldn’t have to keep constantly revising their story. They would know that the human race did not originate and spread abroad from Africa, but from the Tower of Babel area, which is located in northern Iraq. “In that way (confusing their languages, Gen 11:1-7), the LORD scattered them all over the world, and they stopped building the city. That is why the city was called Babel, because that is where the LORD confused the people with different languages. In this way he scattered them all over the world.” (Gen 11:8,9 NLT)  read more

The Early Acceptance of Revelation

The Early Acceptance of Revelation

The Book of Revelation is without doubt the most complicated, controversial and esoteric of the entire Bible! Some even doubt that it should even be in the Bible at all, and assert that its place in the Bible Canon was controversial from the start. This is false. Why?

  • We have early, widespread and consistent reception of Revelation. Papias (c 125), Justin Martyr, Irenaus, the Muratorian Fragment, Hippolytus, Clement of Alexandria, Tertullian, and Origen all accepted Revelation as authentic. That’s impressive! Every one of these accepted Revelation as inspired, on the basis that John, the apostle was the recorder. B W Bacon was so impressed with the initial widespread acceptance of Revelation, that he wrote: “There is no other book in the entire NT whose external attestation can compare with that of Revelation, in nearness, clearness, defintiteness, and positiveness of statement” (The Making of the New Testament, 190).
  • Objections to Revelation were later and limited. Gaius in the early 3rd century rejected Revelation thinking it was a forgery of the apostate Cerinthus, is the first real objection.
  • Objections to Revelation were not on any historical basis. Gaius rejected the literal millennnial reign of Christ, so he thought the reference in ch 20 of such had to be a product of the apostate Cerinthus.
  • Any such objections were resolved early. It was accepted by the synods of Hippo (393) and Carthage (397), by Philastrius of Brescia (c 385), Rufinus of Aquuilia (c 404), Jerome ( c 414), and Augustine (c 426). They accepted Revelation as authentic because it was accepted by the early Christians as authentic.
  • There are many quotations from Revelation by early writers, who quoted it as being authentic.
  • The writings of the Apostles were viewed as authentic (Jude 17,18; 2 Peter 3:15,16).
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    Does the Bible Reference the Book of Mormon?

    Does the Bible Reference the Book of Mormon?

    Does the Bible Reference the Book of Mormon? Mormons (LDS) claim that it does. The main scripture they use to support this claim is Ezekiel 37:15-19, which reads:

    The Book of Mormon
    Does the Bible reference the Book of Mormon?

    “The word of Yahweh was addressed to me as follows, ‘Son of man, take a stick and write on it, ‘Judah and those Israelites loyal to him.’ Take another stick and write on it, ‘Joseph (Ephraim’s wood) and all the House of Israel loyal to him.’ ‘Join one to the other to make a single piece of wood, a single stick in your hand. And when the members of your nation say, ‘Will you not tell us what you mean?’ say, ‘The Lord Yahweh says this: I am taking the stick of Joseph (now in Ephraim’s hand) and those tribes of Israel loyal to him and shall join them to the stick of Judah. I shall make one stick out of the two, a single stick in my hand.'” read more

    Should Christians Honor Nationalistic Music, such as National Anthems?

    Should Christians Honor Nationalistic Music, such as National Anthems?

    Much is made in the United States about the Second Amendment. Many “Christians” know this is about firearms or guns. But how many Christians can tell us what the first and second of the Ten Commandments are about? Further, how many Christians know how the principles embodied in the first and second commandments are applied in the New Testament for Christians in daily matters, such as whether or not nationalistic music is something that should be honored by Christians? Let’s consider these important Bible principles now. read more

    Nationalism is Idolatry – Why?

    Nationalism is Idolatry – Why?

    Nationalism can be defined as loyalty and devotion to a nation, according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary. It is exalting one nation above all others and placing primary emphasis on promotion of its culture and interests as opposed to those of other nations. But is nationalism for Christians? If we examine the Bible carefully, we may find that nationalism could be considered idolatry. Why?

    Nationalism flags
    Is nationalism for Christians?

    “No one can serve two masters.” (Mt 6:24) The principle here applies not only to material things coming before God, but to anything that we might put ahead of God and Jesus. This includes all nationalistic ideologies. read more

    What name should Christians be called, and why?

    What name should Christians be called, and why?

    Early Christians
    When were Christians first called “Christians?”

    “Christians”

    What name should Christians be called, and why? How long has the term “Christian” been in use, and who invented it? The answer to these questions can be found in the Bible.

    “The disciples also were divinely called first in Antioch Christians.” (Acts 11:26 Young’s) God was behind the development of the use of the term “Christians” within a few years of the start of Christianity.

    At Paul’s final hearing before Festus, Festus said: “Do you think you can persuade me to become a Christian so quickly?” (Acts 26:28 NLT) So obviously, they were being called Christians at this time as well. read more

    Allegations shake Catholic Church in Italy

    Allegations shake Catholic Church in Italy

    Sex orgies, prostitution, porn: Allegations shake Catholic Church in Italy

    St. Peter's Square (Catholic Church)
    St. Peter’s Square in Vatican City
    (Photo: Giorgio Onorati, epa)

    USA today reports accusations of Catholic priests  involved in sex orgies, porn videos and prostitution in a news article dated March 9, 2017. Let’s take a look at the article:

    Lurid accusations of priests involved in sex orgies, porn videos and prostitution have emerged from several parishes in Italy recently, sending shock waves all the way to the Vatican and challenging the high standards Pope Francis demands of clergy.

    In the southern city of Naples, for example, a priest was recently suspended from the parish of Santa Maria degli Angeli over claims he held gay orgies and used Internet sites to recruit potential partners whom he paid for sex. read more

    Beliefs Unique to Jehovah’s Witnesses are Unscriptural

    Beliefs Unique to Jehovah’s Witnesses are Unscriptural

    Approved association with Jehovah’s Witnesses requires accepting the entire range of the true teachings of the Bible, including those Scriptural beliefs that are unique to Jehovah’s Witnesses. What do such beliefs include? …

    “That there is a ‘faithful and discreet slave’ upon earth today ‘entrusted with all of Jesus’ earthly interests,’ which slave is associated with the Governing Body of Jehovah’s Witnesses. (Matthew 24:45-47) That 1914 marked the end of the Gentile Times and the establishment of the Kingdom of God in the heavens, as well as the time for Christ’s foretold presence. (Luke 21:7-24; Revelation 11:15–12:10) That only 144,000 Christians will receive the heavenly reward. That Armageddon, referring to the battle of the great day of God the Almighty, is near. (Revelation 16:14, 16; 19:11-21) That it will be followed by Christ’s Millennial Reign, which will restore an earth-wide paradise. That the first to enjoy it will be the present “great crowd” of Jesus’ “other sheep.”—John 10:16; Revelation 7:9-17; 21:3, 4.
    (The Watchtower, 4/1/1986 p. 31, Questions From Readers) read more

    “Have we underestimated our ancestors?”

    “Have we underestimated our ancestors?”

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    new BBC News article says that evidence from a variety of sources suggests that our early ancestors were more sophisticated than we could have imagined.

    Here we go again. More discoveries proving evolutionary theories wrong. Early humans were much more complex than they imagined. That is just what the Bible said about the first humans all along. For example, the early humans mentions in Genesis:

    The Bible, being ahead of its time, once again trumps evolutionary scientists and their theories. read more

    How did the Bible come to us?

    How did the Bible come to us?

    Manuscript-Transmission

    Peter wants us to feel confident that the Scriptures are as valid and trustworthy today as they were when they were first written (2 Peter 1:21). He also gives some information on the process God used to get His Word written down in a permanent form.

    The “older testament,” which exists to­day in 39 books, was written mostly in He­brew over a thousand-year period, hundreds of years before Christ. The 27 books of the “newer testament” were written in Greek during the first century after Christ’s birth. As the various writings came into existence over the centuries, the people of God corporately studied and recognized them as being the Word of God. read more

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