Monday, September 22, 2014

The Tower of Babel


A couple of weeks ago, we talked about the Flood of Noah:  both the physical and the historical evidence that this huge catastrophe actually took place just as the Bible and other ancient histories say it did.  Today we want to consider what happened after the time of the Flood. 

Monday, September 15, 2014

Tassels


One of the reasons it’s important to understand the Jewish roots of our faith is that it helps us understand the meaning of what we read in the Bible.  For example, what did Jesus mean when he mentioned that the Pharisees lengthened their tassels:  "But they do all their works to be seen by men; for they...lengthen their tassels" (Matt. 23:5)? 

Monday, September 8, 2014

Noah's Flood



(Click play to watch this video of the recent Japanese tsunami washing away an entire town.  Click in the bottom right corner to play the video full screen.)

The Bible says that there was once a worldwide Flood that covered all the mountains on earth and destroyed all life on the land surface of the earth:  the Flood of Noah (Gen. 7-8).  Is this true?  Did it really happen?  And if it really happened, what evidence is there that it happened?  If it really affected the whole world, shouldn’t we be able to see evidence of it all around the world? 

Monday, September 1, 2014

Sodom and Gomorrah


The last we talked about Abraham, we left him bargaining with God about the city of Sodom, like a buyer in the market (Gen. 18:27-32):  what if there are fifty righteous?  What if 45?  How about 20?  How about 10?  Why was he bargaining like this with God?  Because God had revealed his plan to Abraham to destroy Sodom.  Abraham was trying to rescue his nephew, Lot, who lived in that city.  So what was the problem with Sodom, and why did God want to destroy it?