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“THAT’S JUST YOUR INTERPRETATION!”: A Response to Dr. Thomas Howe on Understanding the Bible

In this day and age when the Bible is coming under increasing attack and the church is crumbling in the western world, it is truly unfortunate that Howe would take this position. His argument is not only wrong; it is risible and it stymies itself.

WHAT ABOUT THE COMMA JOHANNEUM (1 JOHN 5:7b-8a)?

© 2017, by John Tors. All Rights Reserved. In the King James Version and NKJV (as below), 1 John 5:6-8 reads as follows: This is He who came by water and blood—Jesus Christ; not only by water, but by water and blood.  And it is the Spirit who bears witness, because the Spirit is truth.  For there are three that bear witness in heaven: the Father, the Word, and the …

IS CREATIONISM SUPPORT DROPPING? A Response to USA Today and a Warning to Creationists

© 2017, by John Tors. All Rights Reserved. A Response to USA Today The American national newspaper USA Today treated us to an interesting opinion essay on Friday last.[1]  It was called “Creationism drops for hopeful reason,” and was authored by Yale Divinity School’s communications director Tom Krattenmaker.  Krattenmaker was cheering the results of a recently released Gallup poll that showed “a notable decline in the percentage of Americans – …

FATAL PROBLEMS WITH REASONED ECLECTICISM TEXTUAL CRITICISM: Follow-up Comments on the Tors/Costa New Testament Text Debate (Part 2)

© 2017, by John Tors. All Rights Reserved. Part 2 of 2 Introduction On the evening of Saturday, April 22, 2017, I debated Dr. Tony Costa on the topic of “the methodology of the reconstruction of the Greek New Testament.”[1]  I was contending for the Majority Reading/Byzantine text Approach, while Dr. Costa argued for Reasoned Eclecticism, the dominant approach that was used to produce the Nestle-Aland (NA) Greek text.  This …

TEXTUAL CRITICISM AND THE END OF BIBLICAL INERRANCY: Follow-up Comments on the Tors/Costa New Testament Text Debate (Part 1)

© 2017, by John Tors. All Rights Reserved. Part 1 of 2 Introduction On the evening of Saturday, April 22, 2017, I debated Dr. Tony Costa on the topic of “the methodology of the reconstruction of the Greek New Testament.”[1]  I was contending for the Majority Reading/Byzantine Text Approach, while Dr. Costa argued for Reasoned Eclecticism, the dominant approach that was used to produce the Nestle-Aland (NA) Greek text.  This …

“WHAT SHALL I DO TO INHERIT ETERNAL LIFE?”: A Closer Look at the Parable of the Good Samaritan

© 2017, by John Tors. All Rights Reserved. And behold, a certain lawyer stood up and tested Him, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” He said to him, “What is written in the law? What is your reading of it?” So he answered and said, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with …

THE ASSAULT ON INERRANCY AND WHAT IS AT STAKE: A Final Word to Nick Peters

© 2017, by John Tors. All Rights Reserved. What Is at Stake Your word is very pure; therefore Your servant loves it … The entirety of Your word is truth … (Psalm 119:140,160a) We have previously posted some rather pointed rebuttals of the claims of a certain Nick Peters, along with various scholars he champions, regarding the inerrancy of the Bible,[1] and, predictably, it was not well received by some.  …

DROWNING IN DEEPER WATERS: A Response to Nick Peters and Another Look at the Evangelical Betrayal of the Bible

© 2017, by John Tors. All Rights Reserved. Introduction [N.B. READ THE ENDNOTES, FOLKS. THEY ARE IMPORTANT!] Some time ago, Truth In My Days posted an important article in four parts, “The Three-Headed Monster and the Evangelical Betrayal of the Bible: Exposing the Major Weapons Levied Against the Trustworthiness of the Bible.”[1]  In it we discussed in detail how far too many evangelical scholars have been seduced into accepting liberal …

MARK 1:2 REVISITED: A Response to James Patrick Holding

© 2017, by John Tors. All Rights Reserved. Introduction I have elsewhere described the story of a certain contestant on the television game show “Jeopardy!”[1] He was doing very well, answering questions correctly one after the other, but then he missed an easy one about famous comedy teams.  The correct answer was, “Who is Laurel and Hardy,” but he mistakenly said, “Who is Oliver and Hardy.”  When the host, perhaps …

DID JESUS DENY HIS OWN DEITY IN MARK 10:18? The Significance of Jesus’ Answers to the Rich Young Ruler

© 2017, by John Tors. All Rights Reserved. So He said to him, “Why do you call Me good?  No one is good but One, that is, God.” (Matthew 19:17a) So Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good?  No one is good but One, that is, God.” (Mark 10:18) So Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good?  No one is good but One, that …

ARE THE EVENTS OF JESUS’ CAREER THE BEST ATTESTED FACTS OF ANCIENT HISTORY? A Comparison to the Attestation for Caesar’s Crossing of the Rubicon and for Spartacus

© 2016, by John Tors. All Rights Reserved. NOTE: THIS ARTICLE IS AN EXCERPT (mutatis mutandis) FROM A FORTHCOMING LONGER ARTICLE. Introduction Maclean’s, which boasts of being “Canada’s National Magazine, celebrated Easter this year by publishing a cover article titled, “Did Jesus Really Exist?”[1] with the provocative cover blurb, “The science is in: New memory research is casting doubt on the few things we thought we knew about Jesus. Now …

TIME OUT: Fifty Years Later, Answering Time Magazine’s Question, “Is God Dead?”

© 2016, by John Tors. All Rights Reserved. Introduction Fifty years ago today, Time, “the weekly newsmagazine,” published what some consider its most controversial cover story ever.[1]  Inside the usual red border of the cover there was nothing but a stark black background with, under the Time banner, a question in three large red letters: “Is God Dead?”[2]  The implication, of course, was not that God, a living being, had …

YES, JESUS REALLY DID EXIST: Refuting Maclean’s Magazine’s Latest Madness

© 2016, by John Tors. All Rights Reserved. Introduction Maclean’s madness is back. Like a bad B-grade horror movie series, Maclean’s, “Canada’s National Magazine,” used to celebrate Christmas and Easter every year by publishing sensationalistic cover articles attacking the historical reliability of Christianity.  The claims in these articles were presented as the assured results of neutral scholarship but were invariably one-sided regurgitations of the assertions of liberal scholars with little …

CAN WE BECOME GODS? An Examination of John 10:34

© 2016, by John Tors. All Rights Reserved. Introduction Then the Jews took up stones again to stone Him.  Jesus answered them, “Many good works I have shown you from My Father.  For which of those works do you stone Me?” The Jews answered Him, saying, “For a good work we do not stone You, but for blasphemy, and because You, being a Man, make Yourself God.” Jesus answered them, …

WHO IS FALLIBLE? Proper Exegesis and the Origins of the Earth

© 2016, by John Tors. All Rights Reserved. Introduction I must be quite the quixotic fellow.  I was actually cheered when I came across an article online that was about creationism and was entitled, “You can trust God, but men are fallible.”[1]  It is too rarely acknowledged or accepted that what the word of the infallible God says about how and when He created the universe and the life in …

DOES GENESIS 2:4-5 CONTRADICT SIX-DAY YOUNG-EARTH CREATIONISM? A Response to Meredith Kline

© 2016, by John Tors. All Rights Reserved. Introduction The first two chapters of the Bible, Genesis 1 and 2, describe the original creation by God of the world and the life in it, including Man.  Prima facie, these chapters are not difficult to understand.  Genesis 1 gives a description of the entire process, beginning with the creation of the sum total of matter/energy from which God makes the entire …

THE MUSTARD SEED REVISITED: A Look at a Critical Review

© 2016, by John Tors. All Rights Reserved. Introduction Then He said, “To what shall we liken the kingdom of God?  Or with what parable shall we picture it?  It is like a mustard seed which, when it is sown on the ground, is smaller than all the seeds on earth; but when it is sown, it grows up and becomes greater than all herbs, and shoots out large branches, …

DID JESUS ERR ABOUT THE SIZE OF MUSTARD SEEDS? A Case Study in How to Do Serious Evangelical Apologetics

© 2015, by John Tors. All Rights Reserved. The Problem Then He said, “To what shall we liken the kingdom of God? Or with what parable shall we picture it?  It is like a mustard seed which, when it is sown on the ground, is smaller than all the seeds on earth; but when it is sown, it grows up and becomes greater than all herbs, and shoots out large …

IS LUKE WRONG ABOUT THE DATE OF JESUS’ BIRTH? A Case Study in How to Do Serious Evangelical Apologetics (Part 3)

© 2015, by John Tors. All Rights Reserved. PART 3 OF 3 An Analysis of the Issue Peripheral Issues As we have seen before, a number of charges are made against the credibility of Luke’s birth narrative of Jesus, to wit: “No taxation census ever required individuals to register, not where they themselves live but rather where their remote ancestors once lived!”[1] “[T]he census Luke posits (2:1), levied at the …

IS LUKE WRONG ABOUT THE DATE OF JESUS’ BIRTH? A Case Study in How to Do Serious Evangelical Apologetics (Part 2)

© 2015, by John Tors. All Rights Reserved. PART 2 OF 3 An Analysis of the Issue When Did Herod the Great Die? We are told repeatedly that Herod the Great died in 4 BC.[1]  Almost all reference books cite this date.  For example, the New Bible Dictionary tells us of “Herod the Great, king of the Jews 40-4 BC, born c. 73 BC”[2] and The Oxford Bible Commentary states …

IS LUKE WRONG ABOUT THE DATE OF JESUS’ BIRTH? A Case Study in How to Do Serious Evangelical Apologetics (Part 1)

© 2015, by John Tors. All Rights Reserved. PART 1 OF 3 Introduction And it came to pass in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered.  This census first took place while Quirinius was governing Syria.  So all went to be registered, everyone to his own city. Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into …

OLIVER AND HARDY AND HAHN: Debunking Greg Hahn’s Attempt to Salvage His Attack on Complementarianism

© 2015, by John Tors. All Rights Reserved. Introduction Years ago I saw an interesting episode of the television game show “Jeopardy.”  In this game, answers to questions in different categories are posted according to dollar value, and three contestants vie to be first to “ring in” and give the correct answer (i.e. the correct corresponding question).  If he answers correctly, the assigned dollar values are added to the contestant’s …

WHICH EMPEROR HAS NO CLOTHES? A Response to Greg Hahn’s Attack on Complementarianism

© 2015, by John Tors. All Rights Reserved. Introduction … Male and female He created them. (Genesis 1:27b) In the beginning, God could have created one generic type of human being, but instead He chose to make males and females.  Males and females are different in form, in appearance, and in psychology.  They are not carbon copies of each other, but were designed to complement each other, and that means …

THE “SONS OF GOD” AND THE “DAUGHTERS OF MEN”: A Case Study in the Importance of Careful Exegesis

© 2015, by John Tors. All Rights Reserved. Introduction Now it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born to them, that the sons of God saw the daughters of men, that they were beautiful; and they took wives for themselves of all whom they chose. And the LORD said, “My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, for he …

IS IT UNJUST OF GOD TO SEND PEOPLE TO HELL?

© 2015, by John Tors. All Rights Reserved. Is it unjust of God to send people to hell simply because they don’t follow Him?  This charge is frequently made by atheists and other skeptics, but it is unsustainable. The first thing that people need to understand is that God made us and so we belong to Him (Psalm 100:3).  Not only that, our ongoing existence is because of Him; He …

IS A 4.6-BILLION YEAR-OLD EARTH COMPATIBLE WITH BIBLICAL INERRANCY? A Response to Norman Geisler

© 2015, by John Tors. All Rights Reserved. NOTE: This article is a companion to our article “THE THREE-HEADED MONSTER AND THE EVANGELICAL BETRAYAL OF THE BIBLE: Exposing the Major Weapons Levied Against the Trustworthiness of the Bible,” in which we look at, inter alia, Dr. Norman Geisler’s argument that seeing the resurrection of the OT saints in Matthew 27:52-53 as non-historical is incompatible with Biblical inerrancy. Introduction According to …

THE TESTIMONY OF JOSEPHUS: Powerful Evidence for the Truth of Christianity, or an Interpolated Fraud?

© 2015, by John Tors. All Rights Reserved. Introduction The four Gospel books in the New Testament are our primary sources for information about the life, ministry, miracles, death, and resurrection of Jesus.  They are all based on early eyewitness testimony. The Gospel According to Matthew was written by the former tax-collector Matthew aka Levi, one of Jesus’ twelve apostles, in AD 40-41. The Gospel According to Mark was written …