The Holy Spirit   The Facts About the Holy Spirit   Genesis 1:2  The Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.    ??Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the Lord of Hosts.??   (1 Samuel 16:13 Samuel, oil, David, ??The Spirit of the Lord came upon David in power.) […]

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Genocide and the Old Testament   There is one question which comes up repeatedly, both as I travel and teach for Christian groups and at the web site.  The question takes different forms, but in general it goes something like this:  If God is such a loving God, how can we explain the fact that […]

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Note:  This excellent article on the date of writing of Daniel was not written by an ARS author.  It is taken from the web site www.Christian-ThinkTank.com   Good question….Was Daniel written AFTER the events he foretold? [Draft May 16, 1998; 3rd revision draft Dec/2000……………..Intro/Menu]    Section One: The Dead Sea Scrolls Manuscript Data ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………….   […]

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Did Josephus Refer to Jesus? [IMAGE] Note:  This article is copyrighted and is by Christopher Rice.  It is found at http://www.bede.org.uk/Josephus.htm A Thorough Review of the Testimonium Flavianum By Christopher Price The most important extra-biblical references to Jesus are found in the writings of Josephus. Although some have questioned the authenticity of the passages, modern […]

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              ?The secret account of the revelation that Jesus spoke in conversation with Judas Iscariot.?  These words begin a startling new discovery, announced to the world in April of this year.  First there was the Da Vinci Code, now there is the Gospel of Judas.  It seems like when it rains it pours.  On […]

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The Da Vinci Code: A Review               Dan Brown?s book, The Da Vinci Code, has been the best selling book in the past few years. Its only recent rival has been the Harry Potter series. This summera blockbuster movie based on the book, promises to be the biggest movie of the year. What is […]

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ARE THE GOSPELS RELIABLE?    By John Oakes   A number of questions have come to the web site  from people who question the validity of the gospel accounts.  Groups such as the Jesus Seminar have sought to find the ?genuine? sayings and acts of Jesus among what they consider to be the chaff added by believers […]

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Are The Gospels Accounts Reliable?               It is a very common phenomenon for scholars and theologians to question the reliability of the gospel accounts as history.  Groups such as the Jesus Seminar have sought to find the ?genuine? sayings and acts of Jesus among what they consider to be the chaff added by believers in […]

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Is Christmas a Christian Holiday?               Christmas sure has taken a beating lately, seemingly from all sides.  ?The secularists demand that we say happy holidays instead of Merry Christmas, while some believers have threatened to boycott a certain large retail corporation for caving in to political correctness and no longer mentioning Christmas.  When my […]

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For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of a huge fish, so the Son of Man will be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.   Matthew 12:40 2 Prefigures of the Messiah When Jonah spent three days and nights miraculously preserved within a huge fish; […]

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NOTES FOR SHORT DANIEL CLASS   Background to Daniel:   Theme:  God Rules the Nations, Do Not Fear!   Main messages:   1.  How to stay pure and uncorrupted?to maintain your integrity in a world      in which you are surrounded by unbelievers.   2.  God is in control.  He will protect his people.  Do […]

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  Note to reader:  this article was found at   http://www.christian-thinktank .com/qwhendan3a.html   It is not written by anyone at this web site, and we want to give proper credit for this excellent article!!!     Section One: The Dead Sea Scrolls Manuscript Data ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………….   1. Do we have any copies of the Book of […]

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Outline for From Shadow to Reality   OT Theme:  The Messiah is coming   NT Theme:  The Messiah is here   Jesus is priest, prophet and king.  Jesus brings together the entire OT. Jesus says:  Everything must be fulfilled that was written about me Luke 24:44 These are the scriptures that testify about me.  Jn […]

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HERMENEUTICS   Some Definitions:   Hermeneutics:  The systematic study of the principles and methods of  interpr etation.   Or   The systematic study of the principles and methods of interpretation of the Bible.   Exegesis:  Explaining the meaning of the text;  i.e. what the author meant when he wrote to the people of his day.   […]

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  How We Got the Bible 3.94 Mb Notes to accompany HOW WE GOT THE BIBLE Many have claimed that the Old Testament contains a number of myths and legends which were created by Jewish writers in the two or three centuries before the time of Christ or soon thereafter.  Others would claim that most of […]

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As most of us are aware, many in today?s rationalistic/materialistic world would claim that the creation account in Genesis is simply a myth.? What is our response to this claim?? Many who believe that the creation account is a myth are professed Christians.? What is the effect on a supposed believer who assumes that the […]

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Our knowledge of the ancient past is normally obtained through written sources which have been copied and passed down over the years.? The accuracy of these written accounts is verified by making? comparisons with other written documents from a similar time period.? Further confirmation of historical events can be obtained through physical evidence uncovered by […]

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The Bible in Genesis chapters six through eight describes a great flood of apparently worldwide scope. Did this flood actually happen? Is the story just a myth, or perhaps less argumentatively, is it just a parable about the nature of man? These questions will be considered in this chapter. It might be a good idea […]

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Science is certainly not one of the main themes in the Bible. However, the Bible does contain information and claims of a scientific nature. Careful analysis of the parts of the Bible which relate to things scientists talk about will provide dramatic evidence that the Creator of the universe has revealed himself in this great […]

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"Don’t all roads lead to God?" "Does it really matter which religion you follow, as long as you believe in a higher being?" "Aren’t all religions basically the same, anyway?" These are questions that many people are asking today. It’s hard to see the real difference between one religion and another, and it’s even harder […]

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The Bible, A Book Written by an Ignorant People in an Ignorant Age.? This was the title of a book a scientist friend of mine set out to write as a young and zealous atheist.? The friend is John Clayton.? In the process of writing the book, he became convinced that it was his own […]

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A REMARKABLE COLLECTION In this article we will investigate some of the most often-asked questions about the Bible. Where did it come from? Who decided what was going to be on the official list of accepted writings? How do we know if the Bible we read today is a reliable version of the original writings? […]

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Unique in its continuity Written over a span of 1,500 years Written over 40 different generations Written by over 40 authors: These authors came from every walk of life such as kings, peasants, philosophers, fishermen, poets, statesman and scholars. Some examples include: Moses, a political leader, trained in the universities of Egypt ?Joshua , a […]

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