DID GOD LOSE A BATTLE IN MOAB? An Examination of 2 Kings 3:27
© 2023, by John Tors. All Rights Reserved. Introduction I came across a short video on YouTube that had the provocative title “When the God of Israel Was Defeated By Another God.” In this video, one Dan McClellan, a Mormon, discusses 2 Kings 3, which, he says, “tells a fascinating story where the God of Israel promises victory in a military invasion of another country but is unable to deliver …
“OH, WHAT A TANGLED WEB WE WEAVE, WHEN WE FOLLOW SCHOLARS WHO DECEIVE”: Absurd Explanations for the Supposed Abrupt Ending of the Gospel According to Mark
© 2023, by John Tors. All Rights Reserved. It is difficult to be surprised any longer at the uncritical alacrity with which evangelical scholars and apologists follow the unsubstantiated claims of liberal scholars that undermine the credibility of the New Testament. From late dating of the Gospel books to literary dependence to Markan priority to extreme late dating of the Gospel According to John and embracing of the error-ridden Nestle-Aland …
SIXTH HOUR (JOHN 19:14) OR THIRD HOUR (MARK 15:25)? An Intractable Discrepancy Solved
© 2023, by John Tors. All Rights Reserved. Introduction Skeptics bring many charges of contradictions against the Bible. Most of them are trivial and easily answered. Others require more careful analysis, and there are a few that seem to stump Evangelicals, who seem unable to come up with a convincing answer. One of these latter is the apparent contradiction between Mark and John regarding the time of day at which …
The Westcott-Hort Theory Reexamined: Master of Divinity Thesis by John Tors
© 1996, by John Tors. All Rights Reserved. Please note – The following link is to a temporary PDF file of John Tors, Master of Divinity Thesis, a clear text copy will be posted at a later date: The Westcott-Hort Theory Reexamined Master of Divinity Thesis by John Tors
JESUS MADE A MISTAKE – ACCORDING TO THE CRITICAL TEXT: Another Example of the Toxicity of Mainstream Textual Criticism
© 2023, by John Tors. All Rights Reserved. THE PROBLEM In 1 Corinthians 15:3-4, Paul writes the following: “For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures.” Christ’s death for our sins and His burial are clearly foretold …
REVISITING MY REFUTATION OF WACHTEL’S THEORY OF THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE BYZANTINE TEXT: Is the Data Not Adequate?
© 2023, by John Tors. All Rights Reserved. Introduction Until the printing press was invented in the Western world in the mid-15th century, all writings (including the New Testament books) could be reproduced only by copying by hand (a handwritten copy is known as a manuscript). Since no copyist (“scribe”) is perfect, differences at points in the text (“variants”) are found among the extant manuscripts. The attempt to recover the …
ISAIAH 48:16 AS SUPPORT FOR THE DOCTRINE OF THE TRIUNITY OF GOD: A Response to Unitarian Challenges
© 2020, by John Tors. All Rights Reserved. Introduction The doctrine of the Triunity of God, that the one true God exists eternally as three Personae – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – is fully revealed in the New Testament, but there were certainly hints given of it in the Old Testament, particularly in the form of indications of plurality within the Godhead. Therefore, when it was fully revealed, people …
THE TESTIMONY OF JOSEPHUS: Powerful Evidence for the Truth of Christianity, or an Interpolated Fraud?
The Testimonium Flavianum in Josephus' Antiquities of the Jews is an extra-biblical testimony to Jesus’ ministry, miracles, death, and resurrection. It is not a later interpolation. None of the arguments against its authenticity stands the test.
DO YOU HAVE TO STOP THINKING TO BE A CHRISTIAN? A Response to Charles Lewis (National Post, January 26, 2011)
In an opinion piece titled “Less God, more excuses” in this day’s National Post newspaper (p. A15), Charles Lewis writes the following: The most popular objection to religion is that it replaces thinking with sets of unproveable truths – and that the rules flowing out of those truths turn adherents into robots. Those who leave religion behind, we are led to understand, will begin to think for themselves and thereby exercise real freedom as responsible citizens. Lewis goes on to lament that this latter theory has not been fulfilled, but has instead …
“HENDERSON HAS SCORED FOR CANADA!” What the 40th Anniversary of the Canada/USSR Summit Series Can Tell Us about the Gospel Books
Today, September 28, 2012, is the fortieth anniversary of Game 8, the final and deciding game of the 1972 Canada/USSR hockey “Summit Series.” It was an event that captured the attention of Canadians as very few other things ever have. Hockey was our game, the one thing we did better than anyone else in the world, and the one thing that touched the lives of all Canadians from coast to coast. We were the best, no question. For a long time, other nations were no match even for our lowly amateurs. But …
THE RESURRECTION ACCOUNTS: “Incompatible Contradictions” or Coherent History?
And if Christ is not risen, then our preaching is empty and your faith is also empty. Yes, and we are found false witnesses of God, because we have testified of God that He raised up Christ, whom He did not raise up—if in fact the dead do not rise. For if the dead do not rise, then Christ is not risen. And if Christ is not risen, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins! Then also those who have …
John was born in Montreal to Christian parents from Hungary and moved to Toronto when he was nine years old. In his teen years, he began to explore how we know that Christianity is true, sparking… Read More
Johnny Chao is currently a member of Truth in My Days. He served as a youth minister at the Scarborough Chinese Alliance Church from 2011 to 2015. He also pastored at the Peoples Gospel Church from 2015 to 2017. As a passionate apologist, he believes that… Read More
Monica Chao has been serving the Lord faithfully since becoming a Christian in 2002. She became a believer through the study of apologetics. Her conversion experience … Read More
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Sonya Tors (daughter of John Tors) graduated from the University of Toronto in 2013 with an Honours Bachelor of Arts with High Distinction, majoring in Latin and …Read More
Moses currently serves as the IT Administrator on the TIMD team. Though he was brought up in a Christian family, his faith had never really been grounded. He was always aware of the famous Bible stories during his years growing… Read More
Diane Hong has been involved in Evangelism Explosion (a Christian evangelistic program started by D. James Kennedy) since 2005. She started as a trainee, has…Read More
In university a Christian friend asked Katherine, “Do you think that God created the world in six days or six billion years?”. “I’m not sure, but I suspect it is six days because that is what the Bible says,” Katherine replied. Later… Read More
“…from His fullness we have received grace upon grace…” Twenty-five years ago, Lord Jesus opened the eyes of my heart to His Glory. It has been a long journey since my childhood in the Middle East where I was born. I had lots of questions before I … Read More
DID GOD LOSE A BATTLE IN MOAB? An Examination of 2 Kings 3:27
© 2023, by John Tors. All Rights Reserved. Introduction I came across a short video on YouTube that had the provocative title “When the God of Israel Was Defeated By Another God.” In this video, one Dan McClellan, a Mormon, discusses 2 Kings 3, which, he says, “tells a fascinating story where the God of Israel promises victory in a military invasion of another country but is unable to deliver[…]