Category Archives: Figures of Speech

jesus’ knowledge in the gospel of john – part 1

I was recently challenged on the concept of Jesus in the gospel of John. The challenger stated that Jesus is depicted as omniscient or semi-omniscient. Jesus, throughout the gospel of John, seems to have access to God’s knowledge (and power) … Continue reading

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the book of life

The Bible contains several vague references to a heavenly book. This book can be considered the Book of Life. In this book, whether literal or figurative, are the names of all who are living (or, alternatively, all who are God’s … Continue reading

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irreducible complexity in the Bible

Throughout the Bible God is said to have done, thought, and said a host of things that modern Christians would like to dismiss. The easiest way they attempt to do this is by labeling God’s actions, thoughts, and words as … Continue reading

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dealing with certain contradictions in the Bible

Simple question: to whom does the Earth belong? This question is not as easy as it appears. In Genesis, man is given dominion: Gen 1:28 Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the … Continue reading

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critical thinking applied to psalms 139

In Psalms 139, the text possibly claims that God knows all words before they exit the mouth (I am purposely using an ambiguous sentence): Psa 139:4 For there is not a word on my tongue, But behold, O LORD, You … Continue reading

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metaphors and anthropomorphisms

In the TV series Game of Thrones, there is a character called the Hand of the King. This character wears a bronze hand to signify who he is. No reader or watcher is confused by this title. No reader or … Continue reading

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anachronisms in the Bible

Because the Bible was written to actual human beings by actual human beings to convey actual ideas, sometimes words and concepts are used anachronistically. If someone is talking about the foundation of the city of Rome, they may say that … Continue reading

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