Question: I found the cartoon below on the internet.  It is about calculating the amount of  rain water which supposedly would have been enough to destroy Noah’s Ark. I’m not sure how they measure rain water so any comment would be appreciated. Kind regards. Answer:  I have never believed or taught that the level of […]

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Question: I have recently been thinking about what we experience when we die. I understand that information on this is extremely limited and most answers are speculations.  Also, it is my understanding that people do not possess a soul but “are” in fact a soul. God says that when man was first formed it took […]

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Dr. John Oakes taught a class on Hermeneutics in San Diego 11/18/17.  This was a very brief class, and was a follow-upon a class about maintaining fulfilling personal Bible study.  The audio is attached, along with notes for the class and for a much longer version of the class.   Hermeneutics Audio   Hermeneutics Notes Short   Hermeneutics […]

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At Evidence for Christianity we have been looking for quite a while for a primarily-Spanish-speaking apologist who would help to build up the Spanish part of our website and ministry.  We are excited to announce that God has finally answered our prayers in this regard.  Carlos Santos Aquirre is from Peru, but lives in Madrid, […]

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Dr. John Oakes taught several lessons in Ilsan, Daegu and Seoul, South Korea in January, 2018.   God and Science Korean    Church History Korea I   Church History Korea II  Living by Faith Korea   Malachi Faith or Faithful Korea    God and Science Korean PPT    Church History PPT Korean   HebrewsLivingbyFaith PPT Korean   Malachi Sermon Korean PPT...

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Question: I read a few articles on your website about God being the uncaused cause. I’m aware that this is more of a philosophical argument, with scientific evidence supporting it.  However, if we just consider scientific evidence with philosophical thinking aside, can atheists argue then that the big bang itself is the uncaused cause?  I realize you […]

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ARS and the San Diego Church of Christ put on a conference in San Diego on Ethics and Christianity.  Here are the audio and some power points and notes.   Christianity and Politics Audio    Intolerance of Tolerance Audio  The Intolerance of Tolerance PPT    Moral Question of Abortion Audio   The Moral Question of Abortion PPT   Same Sex Attraction […]

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[Editor’s note: Below is a series of questions and answers from a seeker who is considering converting to Catholicism but who has a lot of general questions about the reliability of the Bible.  This one will take some time to wade through] Question #1: How do we know that the Bible is the Bible if […]

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[Editor’s note: Below is a series of questions and answers from a seeker who is considering converting to Catholicism but who has a lot of general questions about the reliability of the Bible.  This one will take some time to wade through] Question #1: How do we know that the Bible is the Bible if […]

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Question: A question recently came up in studying about the kingdom of God with a friend.  It involves Mark 9:1  And he said to them, “Truly I tell you, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see that the kingdom of God has come with power.”  My friend insists that Jesus is talking […]

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Question: I have a question regarding Matthew 24.  Christ refers to the coming tribulation of AD 70 as greater than any in history.  My question is how that was greater than the tribulations of the 20th century like the Second World War (particularly the Holocaust).  I’m a Christian and I just don’t know how to […]

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This is a ten hour class on Genesis taught by Dr. John Oakes Fall, 2017 in San Diego for the SDCOC teaching ministry.    Genesis Audio I    Genesis Audio II     Genesis Audio III     Genesis Audio IV   Genesis Audio V    Genesis Audio VI    Genesis Audio VII    Genesis Audio VIII  ...

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Question: I was wondering if you had any knowledge of common arguments Hindus raise in opposition to Christianity. A customer of mine is a doctor of pediatric gastroenterology, is a Hindu, and enjoys comparative studies in religion. I have not spoken with him directly about the topic, but I am awaiting the opportunity to speak with […]

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Message: For some time, I have heard people use the term “the concessionary will of God.” I think this term may have been created by Gordon Ferguson in an article Marriage, Divorce and Remarriage (http://gordonferguson.org/articles/kingdom-teachers-february-2001/):  “Therefore, all divorce allowed by God is concessionary in nature which shows that God has both an ideal will (no […]

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Question: Hey there,  The below is a question asked on a site that I am getting emails for.  It is Hermeneutics/Stack Exchange.  What do you think about it?     One nuance of the meaning of the serpent’s question hinges on the translation of מִכֹּל עֵץ (Gen 3:1). Translated as “from every tree” or “from any tree” basically determines […]

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ARS and the San Diego Church of Christ sponsored a mini-conference on the Christian response to ethical and cultural issues.  Teachers include Dr. John Oakes, Jaz Vick, Robert Carrillo, Morgan Roberts, Kedron Jones and more.   Christianity and Politics Audio   Intolerance of Tolerance Audio   Moral Question of Abortion Audio    Same Sex Attraction & Transgender Audio   Christianity...

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[Editor’s note: This is a somewhat odd question for a Christian evidence website, but I thought this might be helpful to someone else out there, so am posting it anyway] Question: What is the Christian perspective on use of holy oil/water?  I am newly married and following some disagreements at home my father in law […]

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[Editor’s note: This question is coming from a Christian in the Middle East who is dealing with relatively unsophisticated Muslim skeptics of the resurrection] Question: Some Christians insist this [the scenario which follows] is exactly what would have happened if the story of Jesus were false. If the tomb were not empty, detractors could have […]

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Question: Some people claim that Jesus Christ didn’t rise on Sunday but on Saturday.  This claim is based on that the Bible said that Mary Magdalene came to the tomb very early in the morning in the first day of the week, and Jesus rose before that, perhaps on Saturday.  They also claim that the […]

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[Editor’s note: this is a follow-up question from a Christian who is in debates with Muslims over the reliability of the Bible. The Gospel of Barnabas is a pseudepigraph (falsely claimed authorship) from about the sixteenth century by a Muslim person who is trying to make it appear that the Gospels are in line with […]

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Dr. John Oakes taught a class on prayer Jan 3, 2013 in San Diego.  The lesson emphasizes the need to be watchful, to listen and to be expectant in prayer.    The best sound quality recording is missing the first eight minutes, the second audio has the entire lesson in slightly lower quality.   Devoted to...

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Question: I have a question concerning the three texts of Torah. I searched in the internet to know the 6000 differences between the three, and found that supposedly 1900 of them where the Septuagint agrees with the Samaritan [editor’s note: the questioner is referring here to the Samaritan Pentateuch], but I found nothing.   Do you […]

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Question: I don’t know how to put this question right, but I’ll give it my best shot.   Hinduism is a religion that has been around many years. It teaches a lot about morals, our duties etc. In Hinduism, basically there is only one God and because of a power or a spirit called Brahman, the […]

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Question: I’m struggling to understand the application of Hebrews 12:17 (and Genesis 25) about Esau’s repentance being no longer acceptable to God even though he sought it diligently with tears. It seems harsh that God would not forgive him even though he begged God and sought repentance.  This makes me afraid that if I mess up […]

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Question: Can you prove that Shiloh in Genesis 49 is Christ?   Can you prove that this prophesy was fulfilled in Jesus?     A Jewish website claims that it wasn’t fulfilled. What’s your comment?    https://jewsforjudaism.org/knowledge/articles/the-scepter-of-judah-shiloh-and-the-messiah/ Answer: We cannot “prove” that the Shiloh in Genesis 49 is the Messiah and that it applies to […]

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Question: Is there proof that the prince in Daniel 9:27 is not Jesus of Nazareth?  Is there hard proof that psalm 22 is speaking about the Messiah? Answer: First of all, such things do not lend themselves to “proof.”  Anyone who claims he or she has “proved” who the prince in Daniel 9:27 is should […]

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Question: I found this article particularly interesting due to the impact it may have on a historical interpretation of Revelation. I am not familiar with much of the evidence the author uses to support his perspective but I do understand the bottom line. In short the author claims that there was no Domitian persecution of […]

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Question: Someone asked me a question this weekend that I really thought I had a better answer for, but I didn’t.   With God’s new covenant, what parts of the law are abrogated and which do we still follow (if any)?   I know Hebrews 8 says the first covenant is obsolete with the bringing of the […]

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William Branham and the Branhamites in French-speaking Africa Many readers may never have heard of William Branham.  Until recently, I was in this group. However, in my recent travels in both the Republic of Congo (Brazzaville) and the Democratic Republic of Congo (Kinshasa), I came across a pseudo-Christian cult which is endemic in these two […]

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