Ask FMM: Understanding Bible Difficulties

Why are there so many contradictions in the Bible? In Matthew 10:34, Jesus says: Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. Yet, in Matthew 26:52 he then says: Then said Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword. Is it merely a representation of Jesus’s divided nature? As both fully human and fully divine, we assume that he also possesses all of our human flaws. Does this mean that Jesus has memory loss or was he suffering from dementia? Is the Lord just as flawed as us mortals? At times, the Bible can seem to present various “difficulties” or “contradictions”. However, careful reading and examination of the Bible can quickly clear up these “difficulties” and “contradictions”. Keep in mind that every word of the Bible and the entirety of the Bible is inspired of God (2 Tim 3:16), and that the Bible is inerrant and infallible (it cannot err or fail in its teaching). I cover the inspiration, inerrancy, and infallibility in Part 1 of my series on Essential Bible Doctrines). Two books I highly recommend reading when it comes to understanding […]

Ask FMM: Describing the Trinity

This question came to me via email from an academic website where I post my academic papers. The person who emailed me read my PhD entrance paper with regard to the Trinity (I will share excerpts from it in some future posts here on the blog). I am including his question and my response to him here for the benefit of our readers. Thanks for sending in your questions to Ask FMM, and keep them coming! We love answering them! How would you best explain to someone the concept of the Trinity? The concept of the Trinity as described by evangelical Christian theologians is that God eternally exists as one God (Deut 5:1) in three persons (Mt 28:19). Each of the three persons who comprise the Trinity exist with an eternal equality of essence (each of the persons of the Trinity eternally equally share in the divine essence of the Godhead) and an eternal distinction of persons (God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit eternally exist as three distinct persons in relation to each other). While the concept of the Trinity can be somewhat described by theologians (some recommended Systematic Theology resources which offer an excellent discussion and description of the Trinity include Ryrie, Grudem, MacArthur, […]

Mayflower Compact from Christian History Magazine

In light of today being Thanksgiving, I wanted to share this article concerning the Mayflower Compact from Christian History Magazine with our readers. Original Mayflower Compact EARLY IN THE SEVENTEENTH CENTURY, James I of England’s treatment of Puritans and Separatists drove a number to flee their homeland. At first they went to the Netherlands, but later emigrated to America with some non-Puritans whom they called “strangers.” James granted these “Pilgrims” a charter to settle in a vast territory called “Virginia.” In 1620, they sailed in a small ship named the Mayflower. Blown off course, supplies running low, the Mayflower reached land at Cape Cod, much farther north than planned. An attempt to head south brought them into treacherous shoals, so they turned back to the Cape. Now the question was what they should do next. On this day, 21 November l620, the Pilgrims and the “strangers” sailing with them gathered in the ship’s main cabin for consultation. As their charter was not valid in this region, it left no one in command, and some of the “strangers” were expressing discontent.  Mutiny hung in the air; unity was essential if they were to proceed. Their discussion resulted in a resolve to create their own government. This is known as the Mayflower Compact. […]