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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, […]


Read Through the 2017 Christian Standard Bible with Me in 2018

I will be reading through the 2017 Christian Standard Bible in 2018 beginning January 1 (this year I read through the MEV). To make this year’s read through the Bible in the year more of a community effort, I created a group reading plan for the 2017 Christian Standard Bible on my Faithlife group Community Study Bible.Faithlife groups are online groups that are a part of Logos Bible Software. To get started, click below to join my Faithlife group Community Study Bible. You will need a Faithlife.com account (if you use Logos Bible Software or any other Logos Bible Software family of apps, you already have a Faithlife.com account. If you don’t have a Faithlife.com account, it’s free to get started and create one). On the sidebar under group readings, you’ll want to connect to the Read the 2017 CSB in One Year reading plan. You can use a print version of the 2017 Christian Standard Bible to read through the Bible in a year (in fact, I’ll probably use the leather edition B&H sent me as a review copy since I am a member of ETS). If you want the actual Logos edition of the 2017 Christian Standard Bible, it is available to purchase here. If you have any […]