Hover over Romans 1:20-22 for proof of God's existence, and over Matthew 5:27-28 for Judgment Day’s perfect standard. Then hover over John 3:16-18 for what God did, and over Acts 17:30-31 for what to do.

Sunday, January 6, 2008

Questions and Objections

<< Can you explain why the New Testament account of Nativity contradicts itself when Herod the Great died in 4BC and Cyrenius did not become Governor of Syria until 6AD, leaving a ten year gap between Matthew and Luke's accounts? Also, any census (of which there is no record) would only have affected Roman citizens and there would have been no requirement for Mary and Joseph to travel to Bethlehem. Also, can you explain why you think that God is a loving deity when he orders Abraham to throw his own child on a bonfire and kill him? OK, so he spares him at the last second, but think of how Isaac would have felt knowing that his father was prepared to kill him.>>

1. Herod: A little research is helpful with these sort of difficulties (and there are plenty of them). Herod I did die in 4BC, but Herod Antipas is the one spoken of in the gospels. Different Herods. I’m sure skeptics of the future will question how George Bush could be the Governor of Texas, and President of the United States at the same time. Again, a little research helps.
2. The Census: There is a record. It's in the Gospels.
3. Abraham: True, God told Abraham to offer his only son, and when he was about to kill him, God stopped him. It is important to understand that this incident is a picture of God actually giving His only begotten Son to suffer on the cross for our sins. Such is His love and mercy for rebels such as us.