Category: Defending the Bible and Christianity

THE THREE-HEADED MONSTER AND THE EVANGELICAL BETRAYAL OF THE BIBLE: Exposing the Major Weapons Levied Against the Trustworthiness of the Bible

© 2015, by John Tors. All Rights Reserved. NOTE: This is a companion article to our article “CREATION MINISTRIES INTERNATIONAL AND THE THREE-HEADED MONSTER: Why the Monster Wins” The Rise of the Three-Headed Monster The historical era misnamed The Enlightenment, which began in the seventeenth century, was characterized by the exaltation of human reason as …

IS THE BYZANTINE TEXT THE RESULT OF “A LONG PROCESS OF DEVELOPMENT AND STANDARDIZATION”? An Examination of Klaus Wachtel’s Text Critical Model

© 2018, by John Tors. All Rights Reserved. Introduction [N.B. READ THE FOOTNOTES, FOLKS.  THEY ARE IMPORTANT!] Westcott and Hort’s “dethroning” of the Byzantine text as the original text of the New Testament in favour of the text compiled from a handful of Alexandrian manuscripts required an explanation of the origin and dominance of the …

WHY THERE IS AN ERROR IN MARK 1:2 IN YOUR BIBLE: Another Example of the Evangelical Betrayal of the Bible

© 2015, by John Tors. All Rights Reserved. Introduction You begin to read the Gospel According to Mark in your New International Version (NIV) Bible, and you see the following: 1 The beginning of the good news about Jesus the Messiah,[a] the Son of God,[b] 2 as it is written in Isaiah the prophet: “I will send …

CREATION MINISTRIES INTERNATIONAL AND THE THREE-HEADED MONSTER: WHY THE MONSTER WINS

© 2015, by John Tors. All Rights Reserved. NOTE: This is a companion article 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” Introduction In our article “The Three-Headed Monster and the Evangelical Betrayal of the Bible: Exposing the Major …

FRAGMENTS OF ERROR: Creation Ministries International (CMI) Errs Yet Again on Textual Criticism

© 2018, by John Tors. All Rights Reserved. It is safe to assume that the various functionaries of Creation Ministries International (CMI) feel a great deal of frustration over the fact that their well reasoned arguments for young-earth creationism are not accepted by professing Christians who are supposed to view the Bible as the very …

THE RESURRECTION ACCOUNTS: “Incompatible Contradictions” or Coherent History?

© 2018, by John Tors. All Rights Reserved. Introduction 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 …

SHERMER’S ERROR AND THE MEANING OF LIFE: Another Failed Attempt to Find Meaning in an Atheistic Life

© 2018, by John Tors. All Rights Reserved. [N.B. READ THE FOOTNOTES, FOLKS. THEY ARE IMPORTANT!] One of the problems associated with atheism is that life in such a worldview is without any sort of objective meaning; the atheist inevitably must choose between some sort of hedonism, based on personal preferences, or he is faced …

“IGNORANT OF HIS DEVICES” Creation Ministries International (CMI) Errs Again on Textual Criticism

© 2018, by John Tors. All Rights Reserved. Introduction [N.B. READ THE FOOTNOTES, FOLKS. THEY ARE IMPORTANT!] We are not ignorant of Satan’s devices, we are told in 2 Corinthians 2:11b.  Indeed, Satan has more than one device to tempt and mislead, and prominent (and perhaps preeminent) among these is to undermine people’s trust in …

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

© 2018, by John Tors. All Rights Reserved. Introduction [N.B. READ THE FOOTNOTES, FOLKS. THEY ARE IMPORTANT!] Recently, Dr. Thomas Howe posted “A Response to Ken Ham” on the SES website,[1] in which article he took Ham to task for claiming that Christians who maintain that the Earth is some 4.6 billion years old (“old-earth”) …

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. …

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 …

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 …

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 …

“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 …

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 …

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 FOOTNOTES, 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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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: …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 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 …

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 …

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