Who was Cains wife?

The Bible does not specifically say who Cain’s wife was. The only possible answer is that Cain’s wife was his sister or niece or great-niece, etc. The Bible does not say how old Cain was when he killed Abel (Genesis 4:8). Since they were both farmers, they were likely both full-grown adults, possibly with families of their own. Adam and Eve surely had given birth to more children than just Cain and Abel at the time Abel was killed. They definitely had many more children later (Genesis 5:4). The fact that Cain was scared for his own life after he killed Abel (Genesis 4:14) indicates that there were likely many other children and perhaps even grandchildren of Adam and Eve already living at that time. Cain’s wife (Genesis 4:17) was a daughter or granddaughter of Adam and Eve.

Since Adam and Eve were the first (and only) human beings, their children would have no other choice than to intermarry. God did not forbid inter-family marriage until much later when there were enough people to make intermarriage unnecessary (Leviticus 18:6-18). The reason that incest today often results in genetic abnormalities is that when two people of similar genetics (i.e., a brother and sister) have children together, there is a high risk of their recessive characteristics becoming dominant. When people from different families have children, it is highly unlikely that both parents will carry the same recessive traits. The human genetic code has become increasingly “polluted” over the centuries as genetic defects are multiplied, amplified, and passed down from generation to generation. Adam and Eve did not have any genetic defects, and that enabled them and the first few generations of their descendants to have a far greater quality of health than we do now. Adam and Eve’s children had few, if any, genetic defects. As a result, it was safe for them to intermarry.

Source:Extracts from GotQuestions.org

What does the Bible say about sex before marriage?

There is no Hebrew or Greek word used in the Bible that precisely refers to sex before marriage. The Bible undeniably condemns adultery and sexual immorality, but is sex before marriage considered sexually immoral? According to 1 Corinthians 7:2, “yes” is the clear answer: “But since there is so much immorality, each man should have his own wife, and each woman her own husband.” In this verse, Paul states that marriage is the “cure” for sexual immorality. First Corinthians 7:2 is essentially saying that, because people cannot control themselves and so many are having immoral sex outside of marriage, people should get married. Then they can fulfill their passions in a moral way.

Since 1 Corinthians 7:2 clearly includes sex before marriage in the definition of sexual immorality, all of the Bible verses that condemn sexual immorality as being sinful also condemn sex before marriage as sinful. Sex before marriage is included in the biblical definition of sexual immorality. There are numerous Scriptures that declare sex before marriage to be a sin (Acts 15:201 Corinthians 5:16:131810:82 Corinthians 12:21;Galatians 5:19Ephesians 5:3Colossians 3:51 Thessalonians 4:3Jude 7). The Bible promotes complete abstinence before marriage. Sex between a husband and his wife is the only form of sexual relations of which God approves (Hebrews 13:4).

Far too often we focus on the “recreation” aspect of sex without recognizing that there is another aspect—procreation. Sex within marriage is pleasurable, and God designed it that way. God wants men and women to enjoy sexual activity within the confines of marriage. Song of Solomon and several other Bible passages (such as Proverbs 5:19) clearly describe the pleasure of sex. However, the couple must understand that God’s intent for sex includes producing children. Thus, for a couple to engage in sex before marriage is doubly wrong—they are enjoying pleasures not intended for them, and they are taking a chance of creating a human life outside of the family structure God intended for every child.

While practicality does not determine right from wrong, if the Bible’s message on sex before marriage were obeyed, there would be far fewer sexually transmitted diseases, far fewer abortions, far fewer unwed mothers and unwanted pregnancies, and far fewer children growing up without both parents in their lives. Abstinence is God’s only policy when it comes to sex before marriage. Abstinence saves lives, protects babies, gives sexual relations the proper value, and, most importantly, honors God.

Source:Extracts from GotQuestions.org

What does the Bible say about the prosperity gospel?

In the prosperity gospel, also known as the “Word of Faith,” the believer is told to use God, whereas the truth of biblical Christianity is just the opposite—God uses the believer. Word of Faith or prosperity theology sees the Holy Spirit as a power to be put to use for whatever the believer wills. The Bible teaches that the Holy Spirit is a Person who enables the believer to do God’s will. The prosperity gospel movement closely resembles some of the destructive greed sects that infiltrated the early church. Paul and the other apostles were not accommodating to or conciliatory with the false teachers who propagated such heresy. They identified them as dangerous false teachers and urged Christians to avoid them.

Paul warned Timothy about such men in 1 Timothy 6:59-11. These men of “corrupt mind” supposed godliness was a means of gain and their desire for riches was a trap that brought them “into ruin and destruction” (v. 9). The pursuit of wealth is a dangerous path for Christians and one which God warns about: “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs” (v. 10). If riches were a reasonable goal for the godly, Jesus would have pursued it. But He did not, preferring instead to have no place to lay His head (Matthew 8:20) and teaching His disciples to do the same. It should also be remembered that the only disciple concerned with wealth was Judas.

Paul said covetousness is idolatry (Ephesians 5:5) and instructed the Ephesians to avoid anyone who brought a message of immorality or covetousness (Ephesians 5:6-7). Prosperity teaching prohibits God from working on His own, meaning that God is not Lord of all because He cannot work until we release Him to do so. Faith, according to the Word of Faith doctrine, is not submissive trust in God; faith is a formula by which we manipulate the spiritual laws that prosperity teachers believe govern the universe. As the name “Word of Faith” implies, this movement teaches that faith is a matter of what we say more than whom we trust or what truths we embrace and affirm in our hearts.

A favorite term in the Word of Faith movement is “positive confession.” This refers to the teaching that words themselves have creative power. What you say, Word of Faith teachers claim, determines everything that happens to you. Your confessions, especially the favors you demand of God, must all be stated positively and without wavering. Then God is required to answer (as though man could require anything of God!). Thus, God’s ability to bless us supposedly hangs on our faith. James 4:13-16 clearly contradicts this teaching: “Now listen, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.’ Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.” Far from speaking things into existence in the future, we do not even know what tomorrow will bring or even whether we will be alive.

Instead of stressing the importance of wealth, the Bible warns against pursuing it. Believers, especially leaders in the church (1 Timothy 3:3), are to be free from the love of money (Hebrews 13:5). The love of money leads to all kinds of evil (1 Timothy 6:10). Jesus warned, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions” (Luke 12:15). In sharp contrast to the Word of Faith emphasis on gaining money and possessions in this life, Jesus said, “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal” (Matthew 6:19). The irreconcilable contradictions between prosperity teaching and the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ is best summed up in the words of Jesus in Matthew 6:24, “You cannot serve both God and money.”

Sources :Extracts from gotquestions.org

Prophecies Fulfilled by Jesus Part III

Another 100 amazing prophecies fulfilled by Jesus

1. Isa. 50:6 Fulfilled in Mt. 27:30 (He was spat upon)
2. Isa. 52:7 Fulfilled in Luke 4:14-15 (To publish good tidings of peace)
3. Isa. 52:13 Fulfilled in Acts 1:8-11Eph. 1:19-22 (The Servant exalted)
4. Isa. 52:13 Fulfilled in Mt. 17:5Phil. 2:5-8 (Behold, My Servant)
5. Isa. 52:14 Fulfilled in Luke 18:31-34Mt. 26:67-68 (The Servant shockingly abused)
6. Isa. 52:15 Fulfilled in Rom. 15:18-21 (Nations startled by message of the Servant)
7. Isa. 52:15 Fulfilled in Rev. 1:5 (The sprinkling and shedding His blood to make intersession for all)
8. Isa. 53:1 Fulfilled in John 12:37-38 (His people would not believe Him)
9. Isa. 53:2 Fulfilled in Luke 2:7 (He would grow up in a poor family)
10. Isa. 53:2 Fulfilled in Phil. 2:7-8 (Appearance of an ordinary man)
11. Isa. 53:3 Fulfilled in Luke 4:28-29 (Despised)
12. Isa. 53:3 Fulfilled in Mt. 27:21-23 (Rejected)
13. Isa. 53:3 Fulfilled in Luke 19:41-42 (Great sorrow and grief)
14. Isa. 53:3 Fulfilled in Mark 14:50-52 (Men hide from being associated with Him)
15. Isa. 53:4 Fulfilled in Luke 6:17-19 (He would have a healing ministry)
16. Isa. 53:4 Fulfilled in 1 Pet. 2:24 (He would bear the sins of the world)
17. Isa. 53:4 Fulfilled in Mt. 27:41-43 (Thought to be cursed by God)
18. Isa. 53:5 Fulfilled in Luke 23:33 (Bears penalty for mankind’s transgressions)
19. Isa. 53:5 Fulfilled in Col. 1:20 (His sacrifice would provide peace between man and God)
20. Isa. 53:5 Fulfilled in Mt. 27:26 (His back would be whipped)
21. Isa. 53:6 Fulfilled in Gal. 1:4 (He would be the sin-bearer for all mankind)
22. Isa. 53:6 Fulfilled in 1 Jn. 4:10 (God’s will that He bear sin for all mankind)
23. Isa. 53:7 Fulfilled in Mt. 27:27-31 (Oppressed and afflicted)
24. Isa. 53:7 Fulfilled in Mt. 27:12-14 (Silent before his accusers)
25. Isa. 53:7 Fulfilled in John 1:29 (Sacrificial lamb)
26. Isa. 53:8 Fulfilled in Mt. 26:47-27:31 (Confined and persecuted)
27. Isa. 53:8 Fulfilled in Jn. 18:13-22 (He would be judged)
28. Isa. 53:8 Fulfilled in Mt. 27:35 (Killed)
29. Isa. 53:8 Fulfilled in 1 John 2:2 (Dies for the sins of the world)
30. Isa. 53:9 Fulfilled in Mt. 27:57 (Buried in a rich man’s grave)
31. Isa. 53:9 Fulfilled in Mk. 15:3 (Innocent and had done no violence)
32. Isa. 53:9 Fulfilled in John 18:38 (No deceit in his mouth)
33. Isa. 53:10 Fulfilled in John 18:11 (God’s will that He die for mankind)
34. Isa. 53:10 Fulfilled in Mt. 20:28 (An offering for sin)
35. Isa. 53:10 Fulfilled in Mk. 16:16 (Resurrected and live forever)
36. Isa. 53:10 Fulfilled in John 17:1-5 (He would prosper)
37. Isa. 53:11 Fulfilled in John 12:27 (God fully satisfied debt of sin with His suffering)
38. Isa. 53:11 Fulfilled in Rom. 5:18-19 (God’s servant)
39. Isa. 53:11 Fulfilled in Rom. 5:8-9 (He would justify man before God)
40. Isa. 53:11 Fulfilled in Heb. 9:28 (The sin-bearer for all mankind)
41. Isa. 53:12 Fulfilled in Mt. 28:18 (Exalted by God because of his sacrifice)
42. Isa. 53:12 Fulfilled in Luke 23:46 (He would give up his life to save mankind)
43. Isa. 53:12 Fulfilled in Luke 23:32 (Grouped with criminals)
44. Isa. 53:12 Fulfilled in 2 Cor. 5:21 (Sin-bearer for all mankind)
45. Isa. 53:12 Fulfilled in Luke 23:34 (Intercede to God in behalf of mankind)
46. Isa. 55:3 Fulfilled in Acts 13:34 (Resurrected by God)
47. Isa. 55:4 Fulfilled in John 18:37 (A witness)
48. Isa. 59:15-16 Fulfilled in John 6:40 (He would come to provide salvation)
49. Isa. 59:15-16 Fulfilled in Mt. 10:32 (Intercessor between man and God)
50. Isa. 59:20 Fulfilled in Luke 2:38 (He would come to Zion as their Redeemer)
51. Isa. 61:1-2 Fulfilled in Mt. 3:16-17 (The Spirit of God upon Him)
52. Isa. 61:1-2 Fulfilled in Luke 4:17-21 (The Messiah would preach the good news)
53. Isa. 61:1-2 Fulfilled in John 8:31-32 (Provide freedom from the bondage of sin and death)
54. Isa. 61:1-2 Fulfilled in John 5:24 (Proclaim a period of grace)
55. Jer.23:5-6 Fulfilled in Luke 3:23-31 (Descendant of David)
56. Jer. 23:5-6 Fulfilled in John 13:13 (The Messiah would be God)
57. Jer. 23:5-6 Fulfilled in 1 Tim. 3:16 (The Messiah would be both God and Man)
58. Jer. 31:22 Fulfilled in Mt. 1:18-20 (Born of a virgin)
59. Jer. 31:31 Fulfilled in Mt. 26:28 (The Messiah would be the new covenant)
60. Jer. 33:14-15 Fulfilled in Luke 3:23-31 (Descendant of David)
61. Eze.17:22-24 Fulfilled in Luke 3:23-31 (Descendant of David)
62. Eze.34:23-24 Fulfilled in Mt. 1:1 (Descendant of David)
63. Dan. 7:13-14 Fulfilled in Acts 1:9-11 (He would ascend into heaven)
64. Dan. 7:13-14 Fulfilled in Eph. 1:20-22 (Highly exalted)
65. Dan. 7:13-14 Fulfilled in Luke 1:31-33 (His dominion would be everlasting)
66. Dan. 9:24 Fulfilled in Gal. 1:3-5 (To make an end to sins)
67. Dan. 9:24 Fulfilled in Luke 1:35 (He would be holy)
68. Dan. 9:25 Fulfilled in John 12:12-13 (Announced to his people 483 years, to the exact day, after the decree to rebuild the city of Jerusalem)
69. Dan. 9:26 Fulfilled in Mt. 27:35 (Killed)
70. Dan. 9:26 Fulfilled in Heb. 2:9 (Die for the sins of the world)
71. Dan. 9:26 Fulfilled in Mt. 27:50-51 (Killed before the destruction of the temple)
72. Dan. 10:5-6 Fulfilled in Rev. 1:13-16 (Messiah in a glorified state)
73. Hos. 13:14 Fulfilled in 1 Cor. 15:55-57 (He would defeat death)
74. Joel 2:32 Fulfilled in Rom. 10:12-13 (Offer salvation to all mankind)
75. Mic. 5:2 Fulfilled in Mt. 2:1-2 (Born in Bethlehem)
76. Mic. 5:2 Fulfilled in John 15:10 (God’s servant)
77. Mic. 5:2 Fulfilled in John 8:58 (From everlasting)
78. Hag. 2:6-9 Fulfilled in Luke 2:27-32 (He would visit the second Temple)
79. Hag. 2:23 Fulfilled in Luke 3:23-27 (Descendant of Zerubbabel)
80. Zech. 3:8 Fulfilled in John 17:4 (God’s servant)
81. Zech. 6:12-13 Fulfilled in Heb. 8:1 (Priest and King)
82. Zech. 9:9 Fulfilled in Mt. 21:8-10 (Greeted with rejoicing in Jerusalem)
83. Zech. 9:9 Fulfilled in John 12:12-13 (Beheld as King)
84. Zech. 9:9 Fulfilled in John 5:30 (The Messiah would be just)
85. Zech. 9:9 Fulfilled in Luke 19:10 (The Messiah would bring salvation)
86. Zech. 9:9 Fulfilled in Mt. 11:29 (The Messiah would be humble)
87. Zech. 9:9 Fulfilled in Mt. 21:6-9 (Presented to Jerusalem riding on a donkey)
88. Zech. 10:4 Fulfilled in Eph. 2:20 (The cornerstone)
89. Zech. 11:4-6 Fulfilled in Mt. 23:1-4 (At His coming, Israel will have unfit leaders)
90. Zech. 11:4-6 Fulfilled in Luke 19:41-44 (Rejection causes God to remove His protection)
91. Zech. 11:4-6 Fulfilled in John 19:13-15 (Rejected in favor of another king)
92. Zech. 11:7 Fulfilled in Mt. 9:35-36 (Ministry to “poor,” the believing remnant)
93. Zech. 11:8 Fulfilled in Mt. 23:33 (Unbelief forces Messiah to reject them)
94. Zech. 11:8 Fulfilled in Mt. 27:20 (Despised)
95. Zech. 11:9 Fulfilled in Mt. 13:10-11 (Stops ministering to those who rejected Him)
96. Zech. 11:10-11 Fulfilled in Luke 19:41-44 (Rejection causes God to remove protection)
97. Zech. 11:10-11 Fulfilled in John 14:7 (The Messiah would be God)
98. Zech. 11:12-13 Fulfilled in Mt. 26:14-15 (Betrayed for thirty pieces of silver)
99. Zech. 11:12-13 Fulfilled in Mt. 26:14-15 (Rejected)
100. Zech. 11:12-13 Fulfilled in Mt. 27:3-5 (Thirty pieces of silver thrown into the house of the Lord)

Judge Not Lest Ye Be Judged!


The most misquoted verse in the Bible is probably Matthew 7:1, “Judge not that ye be not judged.”Very often we have heard sincere, misinformed Christians and unbelievers alike say, “I don’t want to judge anybody, but…” Ironically, the one who screams “judge not” is often the one passing judgment on you!

Some Bible Verses on Judging

“Open thy mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy.” (Prov 31:9)

“But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.” (1 Cor 2:15)

“Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life?” (1 Cor 6:3)

Jesus commended Simon, “Thou hast rightly judged.” (Luke 7:43)

There are many other such verses which deal with judgement.

If there were no judgment…All the prisons would be empty and thieves, serial killers, drug dealers, murderers etc would be loose in your neighborhood. You could not discipline your children and teach them not to steal, lie, do drugs, or give in to peer pressure.You could not judge any false doctrine and would have to allow it to be taught in your Church

Most often, those who tell you “not to judge” them do so because they want to hide some sin or continue practising it.A caring, loving Christian will judge all situations according to the Word of God and call sinners to repentance.The church has become intimidated by the opinions of the world as they scream, “You religious bigots, hatemongers, and intolerant people (which are judgments in themselves), do not judge me!” However, God clearly commands us to judge.

Why would the command to judge be so vehemently attacked in society? Obviously, if the church stops judging and deciding what is right and wrong, we will no longer be able to distinguish good from evil, we will buy into the politically correct idea of moral relativism (what’s good for you may not be good for me).

So how are we to judge?We are to judge righteously(John 7:24) and without hypocrisy.Live what you preach.

Do we receive mansions in heaven?

A bible from 1859.
The night before Jesus was crucified, He told His disciples that He would be leaving them and that they could not go with Him (John 13:33). Peter asked where He was going and why they couldn’t go with Him, and Jesus assured them that they would follow Him eventually (John 13:36-37). Jesus said, “In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also” (John 14:2-3).

This saying of Jesus has confused many because of the King James Version’s rendering of the words “house” and “mansions.” The Greek word translated “house” means “an abode,” literally or figuratively, and, by implication, “a family.” The word translated “mansions” or “rooms” means literally “the act of staying or residing.” So, putting the Greek together, Jesus is saying that in God’s home (heaven) there will be many people in the family of God all abiding together. Within God’s heavenly house, Christians will live in the presence of the Lord. This is quite different from the idea of rows of mansions on streets of gold, which is the image many people have of what Jesus was saying.

So in conclusion,Jesus Christ prepares a place in heaven for His own, those who have come to Him in faith, and the Holy Spirit prepares the redeemed on earth for their place in heaven. Revelation 7:9 tells us that there will be a “great multitude in heaven that no one could number” all standing before the throne. Here, again, the imagery is of multitudes together, not living separately in different mansions.

Sources :Extracts from gotquestions.org

What does it mean that Jesus is the Son of David?

English: Icon of Jesus Christ
Seventeen verses in the New Testament describe Jesus as the “son of David.” But the question arises, how could Jesus be the son of David if David lived approximately 1000 years before Jesus? The answer is that Christ (the Messiah) was the fulfillment of the prophecy of the seed of David (2 Samuel 7:14-16). Jesus was the promised Messiah, which meant He was of the seed of David. Matthew 1 gives the genealogical proof that Jesus, in His humanity, was a direct descendant of Abraham and David through Joseph, Jesus’ legal father. The genealogy in Luke chapter 3 gives Jesus’ lineage through His mother, Mary. Jesus is a descendant of David, by adoption through Joseph, and by blood through Mary.

Jesus was addressed as “Lord, thou son of David” several times by people who, by faith, were seeking mercy or healing. The woman whose daughter was being tormented by a demon (Matthew 15:22), the two blind men by the wayside (Matthew 20:30), and blind Bartimaeus (Mark 10:47), all cried out to the son of David for help. The titles of honor they gave Him declared their faith in Him. Calling Him Lord expressed their sense of His deity, dominion, and power, and by calling Him “son of David,” they were professing Him to be the Messiah.

The Pharisees, too, understood what was meant when they heard the people calling Jesus “son of David.” But unlike those who cried out in faith, they were so blinded by their own pride and lack of understanding of the Scriptures that they couldn’t see what the blind beggars could see – that here was the Messiah they had supposedly been waiting for all their lives. They hated Jesus because He wouldn’t give them the honor they thought they deserved, so when they heard the people hailing Jesus as the Savior, they became enraged (Matthew 21:15) and plotted to destroy Him (Luke 19:47).

Jesus further confounded the scribes and Pharisees by asking them to explain the meaning of this very title. How could it be that the Messiah is the son of David when David himself refers to Him as “my Lord” (Mark 12:35-37)?.He was neither denying His credentials to be the Messiah nor the fact that the Messiah would be a “Son of David.” On the contrary, Jesus was trying to get His hearers to understand that the Messiah, though David’s Son, is greater than David, for King David called Him “my Lord.” It was self-evident to first-century Jews that the Messiah would be a descendant of David (Psalm 89:3-4; 132:11-12; Isaiah 9:6-7; Matthew 1:1-16; 12:23; 21:9,15; Luke 3:23-38). Jesus was not denying that fact. Rather, He wanted his hearers to reach the same conclusion that Peter previously reached after Jesus asked a similar question: “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” (Matthew 16:13, NASB). Peter confessed to Jesus: “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God” (Matthew 16:16). How could the Messiah be a descendant of David as well as be the One to whom David 1,000 years earlier called “Lord”? Answer: He was deity Who put on flesh. This is the truth with which Jesus confronted the Pharisees, and “no one was able to answer Him a word” (Matthew 22:46)

Jesus thereby exposed the Jewish spiritual leaders’ ineptitude as teachers and their ignorance of what the Old Testament taught as to the true nature of the Messiah, further alienating them from Him.

So in conclusion,primarily though, when Christ was referred to as the Son of David, it was meant to refer to His Messianic title as the Old Testament prophesied concerning Him.

Sources :Extracts from apologeticspress.org,gotquestions.org

Does the Bible teach that the earth is flat?

A bible from 1859.
Many a skeptic claims that the Bible depicts a flat earth. Scriptural references such as Revelation 7:1 are cited, which speaks of “four angels standing at the four corners of the earth.” However, this passage makes reference to the cardinal directions as seen on a compass – i.e. north, south, east and west. Terminology to a similar effect is used today when we speak of the sun rising and setting each day, even though we know that it is, in fact, the earth which orbits around the sun.

Another passage often referred to is Psalm 75:3, which speaks of God holding the pillars firm. However, the psalms are written in the poetry genre. Rather than referring to literal pillars, this is representative of God’s guaranteeing the earth’s stability. Even when the moral order of the world seems to have crumbled, God will not fully withdraw His sustaining power.

In contrast to the supposed “flat earth” verses, there are numerous Scriptures that seem to indicate a round earth. The earth is described in Job 26:7 as being suspended over empty space, implying a spherical figure. This notion is further entertained in Isaiah 40:21-22, which refers to “the circle of the earth.” This is further supported by Proverbs 8:27 (NKJV), which speaks of God drawing a circle on the face of the deep. From a “bird’s-eye view” of the ocean, the horizon is seen as a circle. Such an observation indicates that where light terminates, darkness begins, describing the reality of day and night on a spherical earth.

The round-earth idea is further supported by Jesus in Luke 17:31,34: “In that day, he who is on the housetop, and his goods are in the house, let him not come down to take them away. And likewise the one who is in the field, let him not turn back…I tell you, in that night there will be two people in one bed: the one will be taken and the other will be left.” This would seem to indicate the phenomenon of day on one side of the globe while darkness abides on the other.

So in conclusion,there is  little or no basis for the charge that the Bible teaches a flat earth. The Scriptures that seem to present a flat earth can all easily be explained when correctly interpreted and understood.

Sources:Extracts from gotquestions.org

Does Luke 14:26 teach literal hate?

A bible from 1859.

Luke 14:26:If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.

Many Christians are often confused by this verse and wonder how Jesus can say to hate anyone rather than love.The subject here is the word for hate, which is the Greek miseo.One Skeptic is typical of critics when he writes:Most Christians feel obligated to soften the face meaning of the word ‘hate’ to something like ‘love less than me,’ even though the Greek word miseo means ‘hate.In line with this comment, Skeptics will stress the meaning of the word “hate” and insist that the word must be read literally, and that Jesus is truly preaching hate.

But in fact, the “softening” is correct to do — and is perfectly in line with the context of the ancient world, and the Jewish culture in particular.For a background on the use of extreme and hyperbolic language in the Bible, I direct the reader first to my foundational essay on this subject. Abraham Rihbany (The Syrian Christ, 98f) points to the use of “hate” in the Bible as an example of linguistic extreme in an Eastern culture. There is no word, he notes, for “like” in the Arabic tongue. “…[T]o us Orientals the only word which can express any cordial inclination of approval is ‘love’.” The word is used even of casual acquaintances. Extreme language is used to express even moderate relationships.

Luke 14:26 falls into a category of “extreme language,” the language of absoluteness used to express a preference, and may refer to disattachment, indifference, or nonattachment without any feelings of revulsion involved. To seal this matter completely, let’s look at some parallel materials which prove our point. The closest example comes from

Genesis 29:30-1:And he went in also unto Rachel, and he loved also Rachel more than Leah, and served with him yet seven other years. And when the LORD saw that Leah was hated, he opened her womb: but Rachel was barren.

Here, “hated” is clearly used synonymously with one who is loved less. Let it be added that if Jacob hated Leah in a literal way, it is hardly believable that he would consent to take her as his wife at all. (See also Judges 14:16 and Deut. 21:15-17.)

Now here is another example from Jesus,

Luke 16:13:No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other.

Such extremes of feeling would be atypical, but the extremes are not meant to be taken literally; the point is that one master will get more dedicated labor than the other.Now let’s move into some secular works with the same sort of hyperbolic language. Fitzmeyer’s Lukan commentary offers this example from

Poimandes 4:6:If you do not hate your body first, O child, you will not be able to love yourself.

Would critics suppose that this teaches literal hatred of the physical body? It does not — it emphasizes the need to give preference to the whole self before the body alone. Literal hate of the body would have us cutting it with razors or hitting it with blunt objects — an extreme practiced in some Eastern faiths, but not among the Greeks.

So in conclusion Luke 14:26 is in no way is teaching literal hate but means that we cannot be Jesus’s disciple unless we love Him more than anyone else.

Sources:Extracts from tektonics.org

If Jesus was God, why did He say “No one is good but God alone”?

English: Icon of Jesus Christ

It is often claimed by Muslims and other Skeptics that in Mark 10:17-22 Jesus denies His divinity by rejecting the notion that He is good. It reads as follows:

“As Jesus started on his way, a man ran up to him and fell on his knees before him. ‘Good teacher,’ he asked, ‘what must I do to inherit eternal life?’ ‘Why do you call me good?’ Jesus answered. ‘No one is good – except God alone. You know the commandments: Do not murder, do not commit adultery, do not steal, do not give false testimony, do not defraud, honor your father and mother.’ ‘Teacher,’ he declared, ‘all these I have kept since I was a boy.’ Jesus looked at him and loved him. ‘One thing you lack,’ he said. ‘Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.’ At this, the man’s face fell. He went away sad, because he had great wealth.”

From this passage the idea is sometimes taken that Jesus is denying his own goodness, and therefore, throwing out any chance of being recognized as part of the Godhead.Is Jesus here rebuking the man for calling Him good and thereby denying His deity? No. Rather, He is using a penetrating question to push the man to think through the implications of his own words, to understand the concept of Jesus’ goodness and, most especially, the man’s lack of goodness. The young ruler “went away sad” (Mark 10:22) because he realized that although he had devoted himself to keeping the commandments, he had failed to keep the greatest of the commandments—love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength (Matthew 22:37-38). The man’s riches were of more worth to him than God, and thus he was not “good” in the eyes of God.

Jesus is essentially saying to the ruler, “Do you know what you are implying? You say I am good; but only God is good; therefore, you realize that you are identifying me with God?” [Brooks, commentary on Mark, 162] In Jewish thought, God was pre-eminently good, so that the ruler was indeed offering Jesus a compliment usually reserved for God. Since it is quite unlikely that the ruler truly believed that Jesus was identifiable as God the Son, this looks more like an effort by Jesus to make the man think about what he is saying before he blurts it out or engages in indiscriminate flattery.

Thus it is appropriate that Jesus parry the compliment in a way that does not specifically deny his membership in the Godhead.In short, there isn’t anything here that has Jesus denying goodness, or membership in the Godhead — just teaching an overenthusiast and/or challenger a lesson. Such an interpretation is substantiated by passages such as John 10:11 wherein Jesus declares Himself to be “the good shepherd.” Similarly in John 8:46, Jesus asks, “Can any of you prove me guilty of sin?” Of course the answer is “no.” Jesus was “without sin” (Hebrews 4:15), holy and undefiled (Hebrews 7:26), the only One who “knew no sin” (2 Corinthians 5:21).

The logic can thus be summarized as follows:

1: Jesus claims only God is good.

2: Jesus claims to be good.

3: Therefore, Jesus claims to be God.

So in conclusion Jesus’ question to the man is not to deny His deity, but rather to draw the man to recognize Christ’s divine identity.

 Sources :Extracts from tektonics.org,gotquestions.org