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When the Bible is Rated R

Then you engaged in prostitution with the Assyrian men because you were not satisfied. Even though you did this with them, you were still not satisfied. (Ezekiel 16:28) Men give gifts to all prostitutes, but you gave gifts to all your lovers. You bribed them to come to you from all around for your sexual … [Read More…]

How Could Something Evil Come From God?

How could God send an “evil spirit” to torment Saul? 1 Samuel 16:14: “Now the Spirit of the Lord had left Saul, and an evil spirit sent from the Lord began to torment him.” This text is confusing because we understand that God never tempts anyone (James 1:13), he only gives good gifts (1:17), and … [Read More…]

Why did Jesus respond harshly to his mother?

In response to Mary’s urgent message to her son (John 2:3) regarding a backstage wedding emergency, Jesus made what many have considered a shocking and puzzling reply (2:4). Rather than throw up our hands in dismay at his words, we should remember the advice of nineteenth-century scholar Bishop Westcott that “the difficulties of the Bible … [Read More…]