Question: Shabir Ally frequently uses the ‘number miracles’ in the Quran to prove that it is the word of God. Here are 2 clips which shows what he’s trying to claim: 1) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lEmCZ968PQI 2) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8qunUypvBQ4 How would you respond to this claim? Answer; Actually, I have met Shabir Ali personally. We arranged a debate between […]
Dr. John Oakes is teaching for the Salt Lake Christian Church at the University of Utah. God and Science SLC Science and God PPT From Shadow to Reality SLC1 From Shadow to Reality SLC 2 From Shadow to Reality SLC 3 From Shadow to Reality SLC 4 From Shadow to Reality PPT Living by […]
Question: How can I understand the meaning when the Lord’s Prayer says- lead us not into temptation. This is confusing to me because of what James 1:13-15 suggests, which is that God does not tempt us. The Lord’s prayer seems to clearly say Jesus is telling us to ask God, “Please don’t lead us into […]
Question: Today I came across a difficult passage of 1Timothy 2:11 about how a woman should learn in quietness and that Paul doesn’t permit women to exercise authority over men. He further argued that this is because of how Eve first fell into temptation and not Adam and that Adam was formed first. The passage […]
The following is an essay by Dr. John Oakes. It is a reflection on the Christian Reformation in light its 500th Anniversary. A Reflection on the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation There is much interest in the Christian world on the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. Even in mostly-atheist Germany, awareness of the […]
Question: I read your book Daniel: A Prophet to the Nations (editor’s note: available at www.ipibooks.com) and enjoyed it very much. I was going over my notes from it and got to the part where you talked about the prophesies in Daniel about Antiochus IV and how he was going to desecrate the temple and […]
John Oakes taught a class on Walking in the Light for the singles ministry in San Diego on 5/9/17. In the lesson he is attempting to provide a nuanced definition of walking in the light and the importance of being open with one another, with oneself and with God. Notes are posted here for those […]
Questions: If the Passover of the New Covenant (Jesus flesh and blood) is the only way to receive forgiveness of sins, then why did the Council of Nicaea remove this important teaching in AD 325? If the Passover of the New Covenant (Jesus flesh and blood) is the only way to receive forgiveness of sins, then […]
Question: I have a question for you. In the book of Ezra there are several decrees to rebuild Jerusalem. You count 490 years from Ezra 7, why not Ezra 1? [Editor’s Note: This is significant because in my book Daniel, Prophet to the Nations, I use Artaxerxe’s decree of 458 BC, combined with the 490 […]
Question: Is it true that 1 john 5 :7 was added later and was not in Greek manuscripts until the 1500s? Please explain this to me. If so why is it in King James Version? If this is the case, has the Bible been subject to changes by human hands? Answer: Yes, this is true. […]
Dr. John Oakes gave many lessons to eight different churches in India, Bangaladesh and Sri Lana Jan 5-22, 2017. From Shadow to Reality India Audio Existence of God DelhiAudio Reliability of the Bible Delhi Audio Marriage Divorceand Remarriage Delhi Audio Acts and Church History Delhi Audio Holy Spirit Delhi Audio Hebrews Living by Faith Audio Freedom in...
Question: How can I decide if a particular writing by one of the church fathers is authentic? I’m asking this question because critics [editor’s note: he is talking about Muslim critics of Christianity] criticize any writing, not only Irenaeus. They say, for example, that we don’t know who wrote the writings of Justin Martyr, Origen… […]
Dr. John Oakes gave a lesson for Proyecto Esdras in Mexico City on the sacrifices and festivals in the Covenant of Moses as prefigures of things in the New Testament. The Power Point is attached. John Oakes dio una leccion para el Proyecto Esdras en D. F sobre los sacrificios y festivales en el covenento […]
Mark your calendar: Nov. 11-13 The Apologetics Research Society is excited to announce our tenth International Christian Evidences Conference. The theme will be the evidence from History and Archaeology which supports the reliability and the message of Old and New Testaments. The dates will be Nov 11-13. The conference will begin on Friday morning. Speakers […]
Dr. John Oakes taught a new class on the controversial biblical topic of divorce and remarriage for the staff of the Delhi Church of Christ. Audio and notes are attached. Marriage and Divorce Notes Marriage Divorceand Remarriage Audio
Question: One philisophical principle is that in a set of hypotheses, the one with less assumptions should be validated. Most of my friends think that materialism is the worldview with the least assumptions since it only requires that we assume the physical world can be perceived, measured and understood by our human senses. These materialist friends say […]
Question: I have several questions I hope you may help with: -Does Jesus not fall under the Curse of Jeconiah in Jer. 22:30, 36:30 in which none of Jeconiah’s descendants (Matt.1:11 states Jesus is a descendant) shall sit on the throne of David nor rule in Judah? -Did Paul violate Deuteronomy 23:16 and Jer. 34:13-17 when […]
Pedro Figueroa dio una clase por 5 semanas sobre el libro de Galatas en San Diego. Galatas en Espanol Power Point Galatians Notes (Perdonenos. Se encuentra solamente en ingles) Galatas Parte 1 Galatas Parte II Galatas Parte III Galatas Part IV Audio Galatas Part V
Dr. John Oakes gave a lesson for the Seattle Church of Christ titled “What is Truth?” The lesson discusses the Christian and other Worldviews and how to explain Christianity to those who have a different world view. This lesson has been posted before, but the PPT has been updated extensively. What Is Truth PPT What is […]
Dr. John Oakes gave many lessons in Kiev, Odessa, Kishinev (Moldova), St. Petersburg and Moscow in June/July, 2016. All are in English with Russian translation. GodandScience Moscow Church History Russian Daniel Moscow World View Moscow Freedom in Christ StPet Great Bible Study Russ Revelation Russian II Revelation Russian III God and Science Russian How...
Dr. John Oakes taught classes for a teen camp near Seattle July 16-17, 2016. So sorry, but the recording of the Anchored in Christ was not made. Godly vs Worldly Wisdom Teens Worldly Wisdom vs Living by Faith PPT Anchored in Christ PPT...
Dr. John Oakes taught a class on the books of Ezekiel and Jeremiah in San Diego March and April, 2016. Pedro Figueroa taught the fifth of six classes. Prophets of Exile PPT Prophets of the Exile Prophets of Exile Audio 1 Prophets of Exile Audio 2 Exile Proph SD 4 Prophets of Exile audio […]
Robert Carrillo and Dr. John Oakes taught a four hour workshop on the Gospel of Luke May, 2014 at San Diego State University. In this class Robert finishes the Galilean ministry and begins to cover the road to Jerusalem. Luke workshop partIII
QUESTION: I’ve been hit with this following point before and I am not sure how to answer. Is it a contradiction in God’s nature to say that He is a God of love/mercy/forgiveness and at the same time be a God of justice? In other words, how can God be a God of love/mercy/forgiveness/omnibenevolence and […]
Question: (maybe you need to change 4 Kings to 2 Kings. In the Russian Bible, 2 Kings is 4 Kings) Can I ask you to help me deal with the chronology of events in the life of Hezekiah? In the Bible, king Sennacherib wanted to conquer Jerusalem, threatening its residents. After this comes a description […]
Randall Hroziencik, one of the students in our ARS Apologetics Certificate Program submitted a paper on the cultural and theological background to the two Genesis creation accounts, focusing on the genre of the first part of Genesis. We feel that this paper is of a very high quality and offer it for your consideration. Thank […]
Question: I was studying the Bible with a friend and she told me that in John 3:1-5 when Jesus states that you must be ‘born again’ to see the Kingdom of God he is referring to amniotic fluid, not baptism. In other words, she said that Jesus is stating that one must be born again […]
Question: What does John means when he says that God is Love? What love he is talking about? I s it the same if we say that Love is God? Answer: What John means is that, biblically, love is defined by God’s relationship with us. This is love, not that we loved him, but that […]
QUESTION: In Genesis 1:27 it is stated that God created “man”, with gender male and female. In Genesis 2:5-7 it is stated that God formed a man and called him Adam. Does this mean that God has created “man” first then later God formed Adam and Eve? In Genesis 6:1-2 it is stated that in […]
Editor’s Note: This is included, more because of the interesting and helpful comment from the one who wrote than because of the comments we had to make to her. Question: I just wanted to say thank you for all the time you put into writing Shadow to Reality. listened to a message you recorded on […]
Question: I have a science background and looked at theology too. I was wondering if you had an answer to the variations between different races if we descend from Adam and Eve. For example, if we say that we came from them, how do we make sense of different skin colour and eye shape? Even if we […]
A Harvard professor recently announced what she called evidence that the early church, or at least sectors of it, believed that Jesus was married. Not surprisingly, a question about this came to the web site within hours. The question and answer are below.
QUESTION: Why do you think David uses gruesome imagery for righteous victors over wicked foes in the following verses? Psalm 58:10 “The righteous will be glad when they are avenged, when they bathe their feet in the blood of the wicked.”Psalm 68:23 “that you may plunge your feet in the blood of your foes, while […]
FSTR FrenchDr. John Oakes spoke to the Conakry Church of Christ in Guinea, Africa on July 22, 2012. The lesson was translated into French by Vincent Kamano. Audio attached.
QUESTION: How does one explain the fact of Lot’s wife being converted into salt when they were running away from Sodom’s destruction? What is the “logic” or scientific” explantion behind this fact. Answer: I do not believe that there is any “scientific logic” to what happened to Lot’s wife. What happened to his wife is […]
Question: I’m a Christian and like to think myself an enthusiastic amateur theologan 🙂 Firstly I have to point out your website and all of your articles are amazing, they’ve certainly done a lot for me in advancing my knowledge and having fun with my studies. With that said I ran into a minor philosophical dilema today […]
Look below for a report on John Oakes’ missionary teaching trip to Hong Kong, two cities in mainland China, and Manila January, 2012.
Question: I am of the belief that the real church involves born-again Christians led to Christ by only Christ and that no one ” true church” including Catholics, Protestants etc. has a doctrine or practice of complete truth that has any potential to lead people to Christ. You made a comment that Mormons were heretical […]
If everything God made is good, then how could Satan be in the garden of Eden? Question: If God is everything that is good and if evil, sin, cannot possibly be in God’s presence, then how is it that Satan was able to be in the garden of Eden? Especially if the Lord would walk […]
Editor’s not: This article is not edited, except for spelling, capitalization and punctuation errors. Some of the language is a bit offensive, but we wanted the person’s ideas to be expressed in his own words. Comment: I think that the one story that undoes the Bible and the claims made about its infallibility and God’s […]
Question: Anger can also cause someone to hate another person. If someone murders someone we love most people would feel anger and hatred towards towards than person. According to the Bible hate is equivalent to murder. These feelings and emotions are due to instinct and the fact than humans have emotions, which we were born […]
Question: How do you respond to the claim that the gospels are just another embellished or fabricated story like Apollonius of Tyana and Honi ha-M’agel (the circle drawer)? What’s your knowledge of these two figures and their role in history and their relation to Christ? Thanks! Answer: At ARS we sponsored a debate on this […]
I read that the firmament in genesis 1:6 acctualiy means expanse(sky). Does that mean that there I water above the sky(expanse) as some atheists say? Also I have been reading about the genesis geneologys in genesis 5:1-32 and I found out that the old greek version of the old testament states that methuselah begot lamech […]
This is a presentation given by Dr. John Oakes in Hong Kong 1/11/2012. John acknowledges that, although all the notes and power point are his, many of the thoughts come from a similar presentation by Dr. Douglas Jacoby at the 2011 ARS Christian evidences conference. Audio will be in the ARS store soon. Download the […]
Hi John, Please shed light about "dating outside our faith" (icoc).Is it alright to have a relationship to a non-disciple? many of our brothers and sisters got stumbled because for past decade i knew personally that its leadership indignantly taught us about this issue. please show me some light on this, thank
What’s your response to this article on inerrancy? http://www.albertmohler.com/2010/08/16/the-inerrancy-of-scripture-the-fifty-years-war-and-counting/
Question: How do you respond when critics attack the Bible stating that Luke can’t be accurate because it put Quirnius as governor of Syria when Jesus was born. Quirinius was governor of Syria in 6/7 AD yet Herod was also alive at the time as well, but he was thought to have died in 4 BC ? […]
Question: How would you interpret the formal contradiction in Mathew’s citation (Matt 2:6) of Micah 5:2? Matthew states that Bethlehem is by no means the least among the rulers of Judah, and Micah states that Bethlehem is small among the clans or rulers of Judah.Thanks! Answer: Here is a literal, word-for-word translation of the Greek […]
A National Geographic writer published an interesting and informative article about how Charles Darwin reached his conclusion with regard to natural selection. http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2009/02/darwin/quammen-text/1?mid=53