BIBLE CHALLENGES

BIBLE CHALLENGES
CONTROVERSIAL BIBLE TOPICS
And Other Items of Interest
for the Student and Teacher of the Bible

Logic and Bible Answers Presented
by Clifford Scott


 

Did God Create The Earth
In Six Literal Days?

Did Adam Have a Wife Before Eve?

What Was Original Sin?

Who Were the Sons of God
and the Daughters of Men?

Was There a Global Flood In Noah's Day?

What about Atlantis?

Were Dinosaurs Saved On the Ark?

Bible Contradictions?

The Bible Proven By Archaeology!

Why Is There Evil?

Aliens & UFOs

Ancient Technology!

Object Lessons

Is It OK to Celebrate Christmas?

Is Jesus Divine?

Is the Church Built on Peter or Jesus?

Hell: Eternally Burning
or Eternally Burnt?

The GOSPEL In a Nutshell

Do You Have to Know Jesus to Be Saved?

 


 

DID GOD CREATE THE EARTH
IN SIX LITERAL DAYS?

There are two MAJOR theories
on the Creation of the Earth.
1. God created the Earth in
6 literal 24-hour days.
2. God created the Earth in
6 very long periods of time.

Theory number 2
tries to get the Creation story
to fit in with the
extremely long period of time
that the THEORY of evolution demands.

First of all, let me say that
the Creation account
and the THEORY of evolution
are two extremely polar opposite ideas!
So why try?

Trying to get them to agree is like stating that
GREEN and RED
look exactly the same!
People who are colorblind have
no problem saying this.

Most of us however see a HUGE difference!
Let's see what the Bible
and logic have to say...

In the following 6 Bible verses:
* Genesis 1:5
* Genesis 1:8
* Genesis 1:13
* Genesis 1:19
* Genesis 1:23
* Genesis 1:31
God says "and the evening and the morning
were the (1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th) day."

If you look in a Strong's Concordance,
you will see that the Hebrew words for
"evening" and "morning"
are the words we still use today
to delineate a 24 hour day.

If you are wondering how there could be
"evening and morning"
before the sun and moon
were created on day 4,
remember that according to 1 John 1:5
and Revelation 22:5
God is Light.

When God created Light on day one,
He basically just revealed Himself,
"And there was Light."

Now let's look at things logically.
There are many examples
of birds and flowers
or bugs and flowers
that rely on each other.

(See "Creatures That Defy Evolution" at
CreationVsEvolution.Aardpiggy.com
for an example.

The Melipona Bee and the Vanilla Orchid
depend on each other.
The Vanilla Orchid created on day three
is pollinated by the Melipona Bee
created on day six.

This is no problem
if the flower only had to wait
a few days to be pollinated.
However, if the Vanilla Orchid had to wait
a few billion years to be pollinated,
we would not be talking
about Vanilla right now,
because it would not exist!
(Unless of course, Edmond Albius was around
for all those billions of years
hand-pollinating Vanilla Orchids
with his little toothpick!)


Now the most important reason why Creation
MUST have taken place
in just six literal 24 hour days,
is that in the scenario of
six EXTREMELY long periods of time,
there would have been millions of years
of death and destruction
BEFORE Adam and Eve sinned.

It was because of that sin
that death entered the world.
It was because of that sin
that Jesus came to Earth and died.

The main focus of the Bible
is about Jesus' death and resurrection
to save us from eternal death!

Don't ever forget that.

So obviously the days of Creation
are literal 24 hour days,
NOT BILLIONS OF YEARS LONG!
Take off your colorblind glasses
and see the Truth.

To learn something interesting
about the BILLIONS of years
hypothesized by evolution's
Radiometric Dating
see:
CreationVsEvolution.Aardpiggy.com

 

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DID ADAM HAVE A WIFE BEFORE EVE?

Some believe that because there is
an account of God creating
man and woman
in Genesis 1
and another account
in Genesis 2
that God created two wives for Adam:
Lilith
and then
Eve.

This makes no sense for a number of reasons:

1. Lilith is NOT mentioned in the Bible
(except in Isaiah 34:14 which says,
"The wild beasts of the desert shall also meet
with the wild beasts of the island,
and the satyr shall cry to his fellow;
the Lilith also shall rest there,
and find for herself a place of rest.")
This "Lilith" is better translated
"screech owl" or "night monster"
at any rate, this "Lilith"
is not married to Adam!

2. In Genesis 3:20
Adam calls his wife's name, "Eve"
because she is the mother of all living.
This precludes Adam having sired
any children with a prior wife.

3. Genesis 2 is just an expansion
of a part of Genesis 1.
The Bible does this a lot.

4. Everyone knows that Lilith
was married to Frasier.

 

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WHAT WAS ORIGINAL SIN?

 

Original sin had nothing to do with sex.
The world's oldest profession was gardening.
Genesis 2:15 says,
"Then the Lord God took the man
and put him in the garden of Eden
to cultivate it and keep it."

Original Sin was disobedience.
God told Adam and Eve they were NOT
to eat the fruit of the
Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.

This was not logical.
Mr Spock would have had
a real problem with this!
"It is not logical for God to create
a beautiful tree
with luscious fruit on it,
and then tell Adam and Eve NOT to eat of it."
No, it was NOT logical...
But it was what God commanded.

Adam and Eve were not wanting
for something delicious to eat.
They had hundreds,
thousands of fruit trees to eat from.
Not eating from this specific tree
was a test of their obedience.
They disobeyed.
This was the Original Sin.
A seemingly innocuous thing,
but it has led us into
a degraded world of sin and evil.

 

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WHO WERE THE SONS OF GOD
AND THE DAUGHTERS OF MEN?

 

The Bible passage we are concerned with
is Genesis 6:1-7.
Basically it says that when men
began to multiply on the earth,
that the "sons of God"
saw the "daughters of men"
and took them for wives.

In verse 4 the Nephilim are mentioned.
Right after this verse,
God sees that the wickedness of man
is very great and
calls for their destruction in a Flood.

Therefore it seems very important
to know who these three entities were.

This topic is really bizarre,
so why should we talk about it?
Well, there is one
very good
reason to explore it:
In Luke 17:26 Jesus tells us:
"And just as it happened in the days of Noah,
so it will be also
in the days of the Son of Man."

So it is a very good idea
to know what was going on
in the days of Noah
just before the Flood
wiped out most of mankind.

Who are the sons of God?
Who were the daughters of men?
Who were the Nephilim?

 

Some say the sons of God
were the descendants of Seth,
and the daughters of men
were the descendants of Cain.
Some say the sons of God are Angels,
and the daughters of men
were the daughters of men.

 

Let's see what the Bible says:

 

First, the sons of God.
In Strong's Concordance
we find that the original Hebrew terms are
sons (Ben) of God (Elohim).
So who are the Ben Elohim?

 

At the beginning of the book of Job
these same beings are mentioned again.
Job 1:6 says,
"Now there was a day when the sons of God
(Ben Elohim)
came to present themselves before the Lord."

These Ben Elohim can't be Earth humans
because in Exodus 33:20 God says,
"You cannot see My face,
for no man can see Me and live!"
The original Hebrew word is,
"no [adam] can see Me and live!"
From the context of the beginning
of the book of Job
it would appear that
these sons of God are Angels
(or maybe the first created beings of
unfallen worlds elsewhere in the Universe)
but most likely Angels.

 

Logic tells us that the Ben Elohim
can't be the descendants of Seth
and the daughters of men the descendants of Cain,
because this would mean that
marriage between two different "races" or "lines"
of humans was so horrific to God
that He destroyed the Earth
with the Flood because of it!
But in Numbers chapter 12
we find that Miriam was given leprosy
because she and Aaron
spoke against Moses' wife who was Ethiopian.

 

Second, the daughters of men.
Strong's Concordance
shows that the original Hebrew is:
"the daughters (bath) of men (adam)"
This would indicate that
the daughters were not just
the females in the line of Seth.
They were the daughters of
man (adam) - generic humankind.

 

Third, the Nephilim.
The original Hebrew
of Genesis 6:4 is Nephilim,
NOT giants as the KJV says.
The identity of the Nephilim is not clear.
It is enough to know that they were
most likely the offspring
of this union between
fallen Angels and human females.
The Nephilim are again mentioned
in Numbers 13:33
where the 12 men were sent
to spy out the land of Canaan.
"There also we saw the Nephilim
(the sons of Anak are part of the Nephilim);
and we became like grasshoppers
in our own sight,
and so we were in their sight."

 

The next thing to consider
is that the Bible tells us
(in Matthew 22:30)
that Angels do not marry.
However we also know that Angels
can transform themselves
(2 Corinthians 11:14).

The important thing to realize
is that the fallen Angels
were doing something with human females,
most likely to thwart
God's plan to save humankind
through "the seed of the woman."
(Genesis 3:15, Isaiah 7:14)
If Satan could pollute
the entire human bloodline,
God's plan of redemption for mankind
would fail.

Praise God that
Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord!
Genesis 6:8

 

This idea that fallen Angels did
something
with humanity
also helps explain other passages in the Bible.

 

When the children of Israel came to
certain villages in the land of Canaan,
God had them destroy
everything
including women, children, and animals.
This seems quite extreme,
until you realize that quite possibly
the entire village
had been polluted by the Nephilim!

 

Also, why are all those long genealogies
listed in Genesis, Matthew, and Luke?
Because God wants to be sure that we
know
that Jesus' lineage was
pure and totally human!

 

This "fallen Angel" idea is also alluded to
in Jude 1:6-7 which states that
there were Angels who left their place
and went after "strange flesh."

 

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WAS THERE A GLOBAL FLOOD
IN NOAH'S DAY

 

The big debate is whether the Flood
was global or just local.

 

Let's see what the Bible says:
In Genesis 6:7 God says, "I will blot out..."
In Genesis 6:13 God tells Noah,
"The end of all flesh has come..."
"I am about to destroy them with the Earth."
Genesis 6:17 is even more specific,
"I am bringing the Flood of water
...to destroy all flesh...
everything that is on the Earth shall perish."
These 3 verses are fairly explicit that
everything
would be destroyed or blotted out.

 

Now let's look at this logically:
If God was going to send a local flood,
He would have told Noah,
"Rent thee a U-Haul truck and move."
God also would have no reason to tell Noah
to take some of every kind of animal
if only a few would be destroyed in this
local flood.

 

Another problem people run into is
Genesis 7:19-20
"...all the high mountains...were covered."
"The water prevailed 15 cubits higher,
and the mountains were covered."
Some people ask,
"Does that mean the waters were
15 cubits higher than Mt Everest?"
That would indeed seem to be impossible,
or at the very least, extremely improbable!
But then this is assuming
that Mt Everest was there before the Flood.
Mt Everest was most likely formed
by the massive plate tectonics after the Flood.

 

Also the Flood was not just normal rainfall
with rising floodwaters.
Read Genesis 7:11 carefully.
The last part states,
"all the fountains of the great deep burst open
and the floodgates of the sky were opened."
This statement contains
a HUGE amount of information!
It alludes to the fact that
there were great chambers of water
under the crust of the Earth.
And that there was
something
above the Earth
containing HUGE amounts of water.

 

Obviously the Flood of Noah's time was a
HUGE
GLOBAL
event!

 

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WHAT ABOUT ATLANTIS?

 

Atlantis is simply the Earth
before the Flood of Noah's time.

 

Read everything written about Atlantis
in the light of The Global Flood.

 

IT ALL SEEMS TO FIT.

 

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WERE DINOSAURS SAVED ON THE ARK?

 

The Bible does not say
whether they were or not.

 

However, the Bible does contain a clue.
The book of Job
was written about a man named Job,
possibly the Jobab of Genesis 10:26-29,
a son of Joktan.
Job was a 4th great-grandson of Noah,
who lived after the Flood.

In the book God asks Job
several rhetorical questions,
questions that God
already knows the answer to.

 

In Job 40:15-24 God says to Job,
"Behold now, Behemoth..."
He then goes on to describe Behemoth,
"He eats grass like an ox.
His strength is in his loins.
He moves his tail like a cedar.
He is the chief of the ways of God."

 

Bible commentators
have claimed that Behemoth is an

elephant or


hippopotamus.

May I call your attention
to the tails of both these creatures?
Would you describe either of these tails
as a cedar tree?
If you would,
then you have never seen a cedar tree!

 


Now compare this creature's tail
to a cedar tree.
Good call!

 

God is obviously referring Job to a creature
similar to the Apatosaurus
that we know and love!

 


 

Now look at the entire chapter of Job 41.
We don't know exactly what Leviathan was.
But according to verses 19 through 21,
he sounds very much like
a fire-breathing Dragon!

 

These two passages would logically
indicate that creatures
like Apatosaurus (Behemoth)
and fire-breathing Dragons (Leviathans)
were saved on the Ark.
Because, according to Genesis 6:17
and Genesis 7:21-22,
all creatures with the breath of life
in their nostrils
who were not on the Ark,
died in the Flood.

 


 


If you would like to have or make a
Dinosaur On Noah's Ark
to show the kids in church school,
Click on the "Ark" photo above.
(These are pretty cool!)

 


 


If you would like to have a
Dinosaur that shoots Sparks out of his mouth
to show the kids in church school,
Click on the "Ark" photo above.
(These are cool too!)

 

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BIBLE CONTRADICTIONS?

There are quite a large number of Bible
"contradictions"
to be found on the internet.
It is not the intent of this website to examine them all.
I have picked a few to show that the discrepancies
are not discrepant after all.

One of the websites says that the Bible writers
did not know the exact definition of Pi
(the relationship of a circle's circumference
to its diameter).
2 Chronicles 4:2 states, "...10 cubits from brim to brim,
circular in form...and its circumference 30 cubits."
Obviously these measurements
are not the exact relationship of Pi.
But also note: the measurements are in cubits
which vary from person to person.
Another thing,
the Bible nowhere measures anything in decimals.
Additionally, you can't give the
exact
measurements of this vessel,
because the decimals would go on forever.
Finally,
the verse is not intended to be a mathematical treatise.
It's just a measurement of a basin in Solomon's Temple.


I recently read a book in which the author said
that he agonized over two verses in the Bible
that clearly contradicted each other.
The verses are: Numbers 25:9 and 1 Corinthians 10:8.
They are both talking about the same battle.
(Numbers says 24,000 died - 1 Corinthians says 23,000 died)
The man thought and studied and prayed and finally the Lord said to him,
"You are much more nit-picky than I am."
This made the man feel much better about this apparent contradiction.

If you look at the two verses for yourself, you will see that
Numbers says, "And those that died...were 24,000."
And 1 Corinthians says, "...and fell in one day, 23,000."
It should be very obvious that 23,000 died in one day,
but 24,000 died altogether.
There is no problem!
No need to agonize over an apparent contradiction,
No need to feel that the Lord thinks you are "nit-picky."

 

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THE BIBLE PROVEN BY ARCHAEOLOGY!

Here are TWO examples:

1.

In the Bible book of Isaiah, chapter 20, verse 1,
there is mention of a king of Assyria named Sargon.

This presented a problem to archaeologists.
Because an obelisk listing the names of all the kings of Assyria
did not list Sargon among them.

Some claimed this was a glaring contradiction.
The Bible was wrong.

Then in 1843
a French archaeologist discovered
Sargon's Palace!

How did they know it was Sargon's Palace?

Because the bricks along the walls of the palace
had Sargon's name engraved on them!

Not only that,
but the walls also contained an account
of Sargon's capturing the city of Ashdod!

Then 120 years later
in 1963
pieces of an Assyrian monument were discovered in Ashdod.
These pieces told of Sargon's defeat of the city! *

2.

Numerous times in the Old Testament
there are mentions of a people called the Hittites.

They were one of the nations that the Children of Israel
needed to conquer before they could settle in the land of Canaan.

It is plain that the Bible refers to them as
a very real genuine authentic group of people.

However,
for many years secular history and archaeology
had no record of the Hittites.
It appeared that they were as scarce as extra-terrestrials,
known only to a select group,
who got their info from esoteric sources.

People scoffed at Bible believers.
They claimed that the Bible was wrong.
The Bible could not be trusted.

Then in 1876
an archaeologist visited a city in Turkey.
During his excavations
he discovered a huge quantity of clay tablets.
After he deciphered them,
he declared to the world
that he had found the Hittites!
The Turkish city turned out to be the site of the
Hittite capital city of Hattusha. **

The Bible is historically accurate.
You can count on what it says.

* For more info see
http://www.biblehistory.net/newsletter/sargon.htm

** For more into see
http://www.apologeticspress.org/apcontent.aspx?category=13&article=888

 

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WHY IS THERE EVIL?

First of all,
Is there such a thing as EVIL?

In answer let's look at another question.
Is there such a thing as DARK?

No.
Darkness is just the absence of light.

In the same way
Evil is just the absence of God.

God Created us with a free will.
He values this free will greatly
because with our free will
we can truly love Him.

God honors mankind's free will so much
that He must allow some people to do evil things
if that's what they choose to do.

God could stop people from doing evil things,
but in so doing He would remove free will
and make us all puppets.

God doesn't want the "love" of a puppet
the forced "love" that He would control with strings.

God wants our love to be freely given
from hearts that have the choice to love Him or hate Him.

Sometimes God steps in and stops evil.
Sometimes He doesn't.

We cannot presume to know the Mind of God.
But we can be sure that everything works according to God's will.

This we learn from the Bible.
Read Romans 8:28.
"We know that God causes all things
to work together for good
to those who love God,
to those who are called according to His purpose."

Also remember Hebrews 13:5 where Jesus says,
"I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you.

If evil comes to you,
Jesus will be right there with you!

Pray: "... and do not lead us into temptation,
but deliver us from evil." Matthew 6:13.

 

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ALIENS & UFOs

Are there Aliens from outer space here on planet Earth?
Some people would say, "Yes. I know there are, because my Commander,
Who is not of this Earth, told me so!"

But does the Bible say anything about Aliens?
Let's find out:
In Genesis 1 and 2 we see that God created Adam and Eve.
They were the only two human beings on Earth.
Then in Genesis 3 Adam and Eve sinned.
In Genesis 3:23-24
we find that God drove Adam and Eve out of the Garden of Eden.
Then to make sure they did not re-enter and eat from the Tree of Life,
God placed Cherubims and a flaming sword as a guard.
These Cherubims were not of Earth,
therefore they were Aliens.
We call them Angels.

So we see from the Bible that Angels are Aliens.
This is probably not what you were thinking of,
but there is more truth to this fact than you might at first think.

Aliens,
as in beings from other (unfallen) planets in the Universe,
are a slight possibility.
In Job 1:6-7 the beings referred to as "sons of God"
could be the first created beings from unfallen worlds.
When Adam sinned, he gave up his right to this title.
That's why Satan is at this meeting of the "Federation of Planets."
However, these beings could also be (and most likely were) Angels.

Logically, if beings were from unfallen worlds, they would know
what is going on here on Earth,
and would want nothing whatsoever to do with us!

Thinking of "Aliens" as Angels,
especially as fallen Angels,
gives us a very different perspective.
And a very different way of thinking about whether or not we should be
"Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft."
As far as these "Aliens" are concerned,
we do NOT want to be your friends!

Before you join SETI,
Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence,
you should conduct a STI,
Search for Terrestrial Intelligence!
You probably won't find much...



So what about UFOs?

Have people seen spacecraft from other planets?
Undoubtedly people have seen something!
There is too much evidence to ignore.
But we have established that these craft are NOT from other planets.
IF there are beings on unfallen worlds,
and they know exactly what is going on here,
and they want nothing to do with us,
then what are these UFOs?

There are 3 possibilities:

1. They are secret experimental military aircraft.
2. They are a deception of the EVIL ONE.
3. They really are weather ballons!

When I first arrived in-country
in January 1967 during the Vietnam War,
I, along with several buddies, saw what looked like
a satellite in the night sky.
We were all familiar with satellites,
it had only been 10 years since Sputnik.
Only this was not your regular run-of-the-mill satellite.
It blinked off and on and made several right-angle turns,
before zooming off to the horizon
at a faster-than-normal-run-of-the-mill-satellite speed!
All the witnesses were quite amazed.
What was this?
I pondered, was it a 1. or a 2. or a 3.?
I ruled out number 3. because I was fairly certain that
nothing is actually a weather balloon...
not even weather balloons.
I was (and still am) a Christian and claimed the promise
of protection from the EVIL ONE (see Matthew 6:13),
so that ruled out number 2.
I finally chalked it up to number 1.
To use the technical terminology,
it was some kind of a military thingamajigger.

Every UFO can be placed into one of the above 3 possibilities.

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ANCIENT TECHNOLOGY

The conventional prevailing theory of human advancement
is that human beings started from very primitive beginnings
and then progressed gradually in technological development.

However, there is a HUGE amount of evidence all around the world
that does not fit into this normally accepted theory.
Some of these anomalies include:
1. Pyramids of Giza
2. Flight in Ancient Egypt
3. Easter Island Statues
4. Baghdad Batteries
5. Cave Paintings that appear to be Astronauts
6. Gold Objects from South America that look like Jets
7. Rustproof Iron Pillar in India.

A number of authors have claimed that humans
couldn't possibly have made these things,
therefore these objects must be the work of Aliens from outer space!
Since we have already discovered that Aliens from other
(possible) worlds would have nothing to do with us,
who could have made these technologically advanced objects?

Let's see what the Bible has to say:
Genesis 1:26-28 states that mankind was the crowning act of Creation
only a few thousand years ago.
This would logically indicate that ancient man was extremely advanced.
But, does the Bible indicate that mankind was technologically advanced?

Look at what King Solomon says in Ecclesiastes 1:9-10.
"...there is nothing new under the sun.
Is there anything of which it may be said,
'See, this is new?'
It has already been in ancient times before us."
Ancient Times according to Solomon would be really ancient to us!
Old extra-Biblical texts tell of Solomon having
"shining pearls" in his palace for illumination! *
Also that he gave the Queen of Sheba gifts as she was preparing to return home.
One of these gifts was a vehicle to travel in the air! *

* From the Kebra Nagast an Ethiopian work
committed to writing in the early 1300s
from much older oral traditions.

It is not the intent of this website to go into the specifics of each anomaly.
You can Google them and get the most up-to-date info available.


I would however like to comment on a few:

The cave paintings that look like astronauts
* *
could actually BE astronauts.
But why do they have to be from another planet?
Why not Ancient Earth Astronauts?
After all, there are very old Vedic texts from India
describing fantastic weapons, space travel,
AND battles on the Moon!


There is an Iron Pillar in Delhi India.
* *
It is said to have been made in about 400 A.D.
And it shows very little rust.
It is over 1600 years old, and is basically rustproof!
(In case you didn't know it, iron normally rusts quite rapidly on Earth)
But that's not the whole story.
Apollo astronauts and Soviet scientists
brought from the Moon pure iron particles
that show no signs of rust!
Couple this with the Vedic texts of battles on the Moon,
and you begin to see that the ancient peoples of India
really did go to the Moon!


Several gold objects have been found
in the central and coastal regions of South America.

* *
SOUTH AMERICAN GOLD JET (ABOUT 2 INCHES LONG)

The objects are thought to be from around 700 A.D.
Some of them appear to be aircraft.

However there are those who maintain they are some kind of flying fish
* *
similar to this Suckermouth Catfish.

Compare the two photos.
Do you think the top one could be a representation of a catfish?

If it is, then what are the four round objects near the tail
and the two similar objects on the nose?
They sure appear to be mechanical to me.


The above image shows a model reproduction
of the South American Jet
ACTUALLY FLYING!

The model was made for the TV series
"Ancient Aliens"
and the photo may be subject to copyright.

This website does not subscribe to the "Alien"
part of the "Ancient Aliens" series
and provides this photo only to show
that the South American Gold object
could really have been an aircraft.

If you would like to show your students
a reproduction of this Jet,
you can find instructions for making one
or order one made by Clifford Scott
by clicking on either image of the Gold Jet above.

* Images may be copyrighted. *


Some parts of
Von Daniken's book, "Chariots of the Gods"
and the History Channel's "Ancient Aliens" series
are very good...
but only as resources for lists of the anomalous artifacts
found all over the world.
I do NOT agree with their conclusions that all these artifacts
prove that Aliens visited Earth.
They only prove that someone in the past had great technology.

And it is much more likely that "someones" were human beings
who were Created in God's image
only a few thousand years ago!

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OBJECT LESSONS

HERE ARE A NUMBER OF OBJECT LESSONS
WHICH CAN BE USED WITH CHILDREN OR YOUNG ADULTS

Perfect for keeping kids engaged and getting a Bible lesson across!

Because they are fun, kids will remember the Object.
And because they remember the Object, they will remember the Lesson too.

Jesus also used Object Lessons. The Bible calls them Parables.


"WITH GOD ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE."

Have the kids read in their Bibles,
Philippians 4:13
"I can do all things through Him who strengthens me."

This Object Lesson is quite effectively accomplished using
a "Folding Quarter" magic trick.

This trick can be purchased for under $10.00 from
Various "Magic Trick" eBay Stores

Or you can buy it elsewhere. Google it.
(The $10.00 will be well spent
since you can re-use this Object Lesson for years to come)
You will also need a metal washer that can be purchased for under a dollar
in any hardware store. I use one with a 1/2 inch hole.
Just make sure the "Quarter" will go through.



Show your students the quarter, but don't let them handle it.

Then show them the washer.

Tell the kids,
"I am holding a REAL Quarter."
(The trick is made from a REAL U.S. Quarter, so this IS the truth)

Then ask the kids,
"Do you think I can make this quarter go through the small hole in this washer?"

They will most likely say something like,
"Of course not! Are you stupid or something?!"
You then tell them to watch closely as they will not believe their eyes
at what you are about to do!

You then slowly and carefully fold the quarter
and slide it through the hole in the washer.
The slower you do this, the more dramatic it will be.

After you pass the quarter through the hole,
release the tension
and the quarter will return to looking like a regular quarter.

Then tell the kids, "If God asks you to do something that seems impossible,
TRUST HIM.
Because He will make a way for you to do it!

AND IT MAY BE SOMETHING TOTALLY AMAZING!"

Read Philippians 4:13 again,
"I can do all things through Him who strengthens me."

 

The kids will be very excited and want to see the "Quarter"
so be ready to show it to them.

The Folding Quarter is a REAL U.S. quarter
that has been cut with a very precision tool.
Then a groove has been made around the rim.
A very small rubber band has been placed around the rim in the groove.
This allows the "Quarter" to be folded.
The magic trick from "Magic and More" mentioned above
comes with extra rubber bands.
You will find this to be a very good thing
because the kids may break the original band
and you don't want them going home thinking they broke your cool Object Lesson!


"BEHOLD I MAKE ALL THINGS NEW."

Have the kids read in their Bibles,
Revelation 21:5
Then He who sat on the throne said, "Behold, I make all things new."

This Object Lesson is achieved quite successfully using the
"Zig Zag Card Frame" magic trick.

You can purchase this trick for about $8.00 from
Various "Magic Trick" eBay Stores

Or you can buy it elsewhere. Google it.
(The $8.00 will be well spent as you will be able to re-use
this Object Lesson for years to come)

Show your students the playing card.
Let one kid touch the card to see that it is a regular card.
(Choose a kid who will only touch the card
and not try to bend it, tear it, or otherwise destroy it)

Tell the kids,
"This card represents you or me."
(Be ready for some laughter if the card is a queen and you are a man,
or vice versa, if the card is a king or jack and you are a woman)

Place the card into the frame and say,
"As we go through life, many things can happen to us."

After the card is at the bottom of the frame, slide the center section UP, and say,
"Sometimes we get really messed up."

The kids' eyes will now be riveted on the card frame.

Say, "Accidents or drugs or violence can shatter us. But..."

Then start sliding the center section down to the bottom of the frame again.

Continue, "When Jesus comes back to Earth,"

Start sliding the entire card up the frame.

"He will make us NEW again!"

Slide the whole card out of the frame and hand it to the same kid again to examine.

She will find that the card is whole, and is a regular playing card.

The kids will now look at you as if you are a wizard or some other weird thing.
Show them how the trick was performed,
by sliding the real card into the frame again.
But this time, stop halfway down so the kids can see
the fake frame piece hidden inside.

In this way the kids can see how the trick was done,
and will realize that you're NOT a wizard
YOU'RE JUST REALLY COOL!

After the kids settle down,
say, "No matter what happens to you here on Earth...
God promises,"
Then read Revelation 21:5 again,
"Behold I make all things new!"


"JESUS TOOK THE NAILS."

Have the kids read in their Bibles,
John 20:24-25
Thomas...said to them,
"Unless I see in His hands the print of the nails...I will not believe."

This Object Lesson is quite effectively accomplished using the
"Nails Through Coin" magic trick.

This trick can be purchased for about $7.00 from
"Curt's Novelty and Gift" eBay Store

Or you can buy it elsewhere. Google it.
(The $7.00 will be well spent
since you can re-use this Object Lesson for years to come)

(Before you present this Object Lesson, exchange the plastic coin
that comes with the magic trick with a real coin of the same size -
and replace the plastic nails with some real 16 penny nails -
also you will need a small picture of Jesus)

Show the kids the coin.
Let one kid handle the coin to ensure it's a real coin.

Tell the kids,
"This coin represents you or me."

Place the coin in the round box and close the box,
making sure the lid clicks in the proper position.

Continue,
"Every time you sin, it's like pushing a nail through you."
Push a nail through the proper hole in the round box.
Make it look like you are having to really push hard to get the nail through.
The first nail will raise the coin on its edge inside the round box.
As you add the second nail, keep making it look like it's hard to do.
Then for the last nails, make it look easier.

Then tell the kids,
"The more you sin, the easier the nails go through you."

Place the round box with the nails above the picture of Jesus.
Then continue,
"But we don't have to worry about these nails,
because Jesus took our nails."

Push the round box down on the picture of Jesus so the nails come up.
As you remove the nails from the round box sitting on the picture of Jesus,
Say to the kids,
"When Jesus died on the cross for our sins, He took our nails,
He took our sins."

When all the nails have been removed, lift the round box off the picture,
making sure the coin falls back into place, laying flat inside.

Open the round box, remove the coin, and say,
"And we are whole and complete, just as if we had never sinned!"

Let the kids examine the coin again.

Then be sure to let them know how the trick works.
You don't want the kids running around the church telling everyone
that you are a weirdo who does bizarre things in Sunday/Sabbath School!


 

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IS IT OK TO CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS?

The Bible does not say what time of year Jesus was born.
However, it does say that shepherds in the same country
watched their flocks by night.
This indicates that Jesus' birth was NOT in December
since it would have been rainy and cold at that time of year
and the shepherds would have had their flocks sheltered somewhere.

Also the Romans would not have had a census in the cold winter.
This would have been really dumb (even for the Romans)
since people would not have been able to travel due to poor road conditions.

Historical evidence indicates that John the Baptist was born
around the end of March.
According to Luke 1:24-26 Jesus was conceived in the 6th month
of Mary's "cousin" Elizabeth's pregnancy.
This would make Jesus being born around the end of September.

There is nothing wrong with celebrating Jesus' birth.
After all, according to Luke 2:10-14
Angels sang in celebration of this event!
And their song would most likely have had the feeling of
Mannheim Steamroller's "Joy To The World" !!!
(Check it out on YouTube!)

Celebrating Jesus' birth on December 25 is not the best date
but it is much better than not celebrating it at all.
Just remember that the MAIN reason is Jesus' birth!
NOT Santa Claus!

Santa and Jesus have very different agendas.
Santa rewards only those who have been good.
Jesus rewards ALL who believe on Him! (John 3:16)
Whether they are good or bad.
And according to Romans 3:23,
"...all have sinned, and fall short of the glory of God."
So we are ALL bad.

All the current concern about being
"politically correct"
in your Christmas Cards and celebrations
is OK to a point.
But bear this in mind:
Christians, including Protestants and Catholics, account for over
75%
of all religions in the United States!
Jewish = 2%
Jehovah's Witness = 0.7%
Muslim = 0.6%

Be sensitive towards your Jewish friends.

But don't be afraid to say "Merry Christmas"
!

Jews, Jehovah's Witnesses, Muslims,
EVERYONE
needs to know that Jesus came to Earth,
became a human,
lived a perfect life,
and died for our sins!

So...

Check out Radio City's "HALLELUJAH CHORUS"

AND HE SHALL REIGN FOREVER AND EVER !!!!!!!

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IS JESUS DIVINE?

Dan Brown in his book, The Da Vinci Code,
makes the statement
that Jesus' divinity was voted on
at the Council of Nicea.

That is true.

However, he claims that this vote passed by
"a narrow margin"

This is
NOT
true!

The vote was 316 in favor of Jesus' divinity
to 2 against!

If that is Dan Brown's idea of a narrow margin,
I would hate to see what would be a landslide !!!

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IS THE CHURCH BUILT ON PETER OR JESUS?

In Matthew 16:18 Jesus says to Peter,
"I also say to you that you are Peter,
and upon this rock I will build My church;
and the gates of Hades will not overpower it."

So that does seem to indicate that THE CHURCH
is built on Peter.

But, let's look at the original Greek
that the text was written in.

It says,
"... you are PETROS,
and upon this PETRA I will build My church."

So what difference does this make?

PETROS is masculine.
PETRA is feminine.

Matt Slick at carm.org makes a great illustration
using the English words ACTOR and ACTRESS.
"You are the ACTOR, and with this ACTRESS I will make my movie."
This has a completely different meaning than saying,
"You are the ACTOR, and with this ACTOR I will make my movie."

Do you see the difference?

Also, the last part of 1 Corinthians 10:4 says,
"... for they drank of that spiritual Rock (PETRA) that followed them,
and that Rock (PETRA) was Christ."

Even Peter himself in speaking of Jesus (1 Peter 2:7-8) says,
"... The Stone which the builders rejected,
this became the very Corner Stone ...
a Stone of stumbling and a Rock (PETRA) of offense."

THE CHURCH IS BUILT ON THE (PETRA) JESUS,
NOT on the (PETROS) Peter!

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HELL:
ETERNAL BURNING? OR ETERNALLY BURNT?

ETERNALLY BURNING?

There are two main passages in the Bible that some say indicate eternal hellfire.

One is found in Luke 16:19-31 which is a PARABLE - the parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus. In the story, there is a great chasm between the Rich Man in Hell and Lazarus in Heaven. If this were an actual account of Heaven and Hell, Lazarus' Heaven would be hellish, because he would have to watch and listen to everyone in Hell.

And since the biggest departure from sound Bible study is constructing a doctrine from a PARABLE, then saying that people burn forever based on this story is unwise to say the least.

The other place is in the book of Revelation. Rev 14:9-11 says, "...tormented with fire and brimstone...and the smoke of their torment goes up forever and ever..." Notice carefully that the people are not being tormented forever...the SMOKE goes up forever! Smoke is a product of fire. The smoke goes up forever, indicating that the RESULT of the fire is eternal. Rev 20:10 says, "...and shall be tormented day and night forever and ever." We will discuss this in the column to the right.

ETERNALLY BURNT!

Look at the last book of the old testament, Malachi. In chapter 4 Malachi states that "the day is coming, burning like a furnace...and every evildoer will be chaff...You will tread down the wicked, for they will be ashes under the soles of your feet..."

Obviously the wicked cannot be suffering eternal hellfire if we will be walking on their ashes!

Romans 6:23 says, "For the wages of sin is death..." Death is not death if you are alive forever in eternally burning hellfire!

In Luke 13:3 Jesus says, "...unless you repent, you will all likewise perish." He did NOT say you will all burn forever. The definition of the word perish is quite obvious and needs no explanation, but I'll explain it anyway. "PERISH: verb - to die or be destroyed, to pass away or disappear."

Many times the Greek word translated "hell" is the word "gehenna" which means the "Valley of Hinnom" a place where trash was burned. If you check, you will find that the trash that was burned in the Bible times is NOT still burning. It has BURNED UP and is now ashes.

Read Jude 7. It says that Sodom and Gomorrha suffered the vengeance of eternal fire. Are the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha still burning? No. They are buried under the Dead Sea. The results of their fire was eternal. They are eternally burnt!

Mark 9:43 says, "...to go into hell, into the unquenchable fire." This is the same meaning as in Jude 7 - the fire will not be quenched until it has burned everything up. A fireman will not be able to put this fire out.

Hell is not even burning right now. In Revelation 20:7-10 the Bible teaches that after the 1000 years (millennium) are finished, Satan will be released from prison and then fire will come down from God and devour all the wicked. And the devil will be cast into this "lake of fire" to be tormented for ever and ever. In Revelation 20:14 this is called the "Second Death" - the Death that no one comes back from.

Now the Greek word for "forever" in this passage is "aion" from which we get our word "eon" meaning an age. When the Bible uses this term for God it does mean "ETERNAL" - but when referring to humans it means "a lifetime, or until life is over." So the wicked will be tormented until their life is over. Most likely the term applies the same way to the devil, but since we are not the devil we are not concerned with him here.

Hellfire accomplishes three things.
1. It brings justice.
2. It destroys the wicked.
3. It purifies the Earth.

In Revelation 21:4 we read what it will be like in the New Earth, "God will wipe away all tears...there will be no more death, or sorrow, or crying..." If you are in the New Earth, but one of your loved ones was being tortured forever and ever in Hell, you would feel great sorrow and you would cry most of the time. The New Earth would be hellish! But after everything dealing with sin is burned up and purified, God will do something to wipe away everything so we can live eternally at peace.

Revelation 21:5 says, "And He that sat upon the throne said, 'Behold I make all things new.'" God says He will make all things new. If old sinful people and the old devil are still around being tormented forever in hell, then not all things are new. And that would make God a liar. And that is impossible. When God says He will make all things new, He means exactly that. There will be a new heavens and a new earth. There will NOT be an old hell with old people in it.

But do not become complacent. Do not think that everyone will be burned up in an instant. If vengeance belongs to God, then He will decide how long those who have done unspeakable things to His saints are going to be punished. But their punishment will have an end.

No saint would want to see even their worst enemy burned and tormented forever and ever without end.

Also let's look at this logically. When someone commits murder we sometimes put them to death. But there are those who say this is "cruel and inhumane." If we humans can think that putting someone to death for murder is cruel and inhumane, then how can we think that our loving God and Creator could possibly torture someone for eternity to pay for, at the most, a hundred or so years of sin? This is totally illogical and goes against everything God stands for. The one who came up with this idea of eternally burning Hell is the exact opposite of a loving God, someone who hates God so much he would do anything to impugn His character. You probably guessed by now that it is Satan who came up with this idea.

Anyone who teaches eternal hellfire is trying to scare you into believing what they do. God is not like that. He came to Earth and became human and died the second death and came back from that second death so that we can be saved and love Him for eternity.

THAT is an awesome God.
THAT is a God I can love!

 

For More of the TRUTH About HELL
Click the Link Below:
THE TRUTH ABOUT HELL

 

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THE GOSPEL IN A NUTSHELL

There is one text in the Bible that has the essence of the Gospel in it.

It is John 3:16.
"For God so loved the world,
that He gave His only begotten Son,
that whoever believes in Him
shall not perish,
but have eternal life."


THIS IS INDEED GOOD NEWS !!!


This is the Gospel in a Nutshell:
God's Only Son Promises Eternal Life !

If you would like to have a
Gospel in a Nutshell
to use in your Church School class,
you can find instructions for making one,
or you may order one made by Clifford Scott
by clicking on either NUTSHELL photo above.

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DO YOU HAVE TO KNOW JESUS TO BE SAVED?

Let's see what the Bible says.
John 14:6 reads,
Jesus said unto him (Thomas),
"I am the way, and the truth, and the life:
no one comes to the Father, but by me."

This seems to say "Yes."

But then in John 10:11 Jesus said,
"I am the good shepherd;
the good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep."

And in verse 16, He also said,
"I have other sheep, which are not of this fold..."

Logically then what Jesus means in John 14:6 is:
No one comes to the Father,
but by what I did on the cross.
Anyone -
Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Agnostic, Jew -
all can be saved because of what Jesus did on the cross.
Jesus died for ALL humanity!

Jesus can save ANYONE...
Jesus KNOWS who His sheep are.
And they are all over the Earth,
and have been in every era of history.
They may not know or have ever known Jesus,
but Jesus knows them!

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