So for my next Easter-related challenge, the challenger takes issue with the story of how the Romans would give the Jews under their rule a “Get out of jail free” card to play at Passover every year. Did the Romans actually do this? It doesn’t seem very “Roman” of them. The four gospels state that […]Read more "40 Problems: Prison Break at Passover?"
With Easter coming up on the 27th, I thought I would answer some Easter-related problems the challenger has with the Bible and Christianity over the next few weeks. This one has to do with when people in Jerusalem welcomed Jesus to town on Sunday but then were clamoring for His death on Friday. What happened? […]Read more "40 Problems: How could a crowd turn on Jesus within a week?"
A common complaint skeptics have is that they say the Bible teaches that men are superior to women. But is there any truth to that claim? Here’s this week’s problem: There are numerous scriptures in the Bible that clearly pronounce that a man is superior to a woman, which was consistent with the times it […]Read more "40 Problems: Is the Bible sexist towards women?"
This week’s problem focuses on all of the gospel accounts that were written – not just the four in the Bible. So what makes these four (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John) special enough to be included and not the others? The selection of the gospels to be included in the Bible was made by a […]Read more "40 Problems: What about those “other” gospel accounts?"
This week’s problem hits on a familiar argument about God vs. science. The Bible lacks any insights related to science that were not understood at the time and includes many of the then-current scientific misunderstandings…What should be troubling to a Christian is why this is so. Wouldn’t the maker of the universe have communicated some […]Read more "40 Problems: The Bible is not God-inspired because it lacks scientific insight"
This week, the challenger argues that prayer is ineffective because scientific studies have concluded as much. But is science even the right place to start with this topic? Objective studies have revealed that prayers are not effective beyond any statistical measure of coincidence. Most notably, they do not work for amputees or paralyzed individuals. Prayers for […]Read more "40 Problems: Can the Effectiveness of Prayer be Determined?"
Many of us are familiar with the famous line by sportscaster Al Michaels after the 1980 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team upset the Soviet Union Olympic Hockey Team to advance the medal round: “Do you believe in miracles?” He immediately answered his own question with a resounding “yes!” as the U.S. team spilled onto the ice […]Read more "40 Problems: Do you believe in miracles?"