Ask Your Preacher
How do some christians debate that the earth as a planet is merely 5,000 years old?
Dear Looking Later,
There is quite a bit of scientific evidence that backs the Bible timeline for a young earth. According to the Bible, the Earth is around 6,000 years old. This was accepted by the scientific community until not long before Darwin came on the scene. Darwinian evolution required the world to be billions of years old to prove his theory that species evolve slowly over time. Since evolutionists dominate the public voice for the scientific community (even though many scientists do believe the Bible and do believe in a young earth), all you ever hear is that the world is billions of years old – we are never told about the evidence that supports a young Earth.
There are many evidences for a young earth. One piece of evidence is the Cambrian explosion – a layer of rock that show an immense variety of fossils. The Cambrian explosion in the fossil record shows that there was a point in history when millions of species exploded onto the scene – the exact opposite of evolution. However, the Cambrian explosion can easily be explained by the worldwide flood of Noah’s day (Gen 7:11-12). A worldwide flood explains why there was an explosion of dead things under tons of mud, silt, and rock.
Another example is the distance between the Earth and the moon. The moon is slowly receding from the Earth at a measurable rate. With some basic math, we can see that it is impossible for the Earth to be billions of years old – if it was, the moon would have been so close that it would have destroyed all life on the planet!
These are just two simple evidences, but there are thousands more that space doesn’t permit us to list. Groups of scientists like the people at answersingenesis.org specialize in showcasing the evidences for a young Earth and the accuracy of the Bible account of the Creation.
When was Moses circumcised?
Dear Medical Records,
In his infancy, Moses was cared for wholly by his biological Jewish parents (Ex 2:2). It was only when he got big enough that they could no longer hide Moses from the Egyptians that Moses was put amongst the reeds to be found and adopted by Pharaoh’s daughter (Ex 2:3-5). Moses’ parents were faithful Jews (Heb 11:23) and would have had Moses circumcised at the appropriate time. All male children were supposed to be circumcised when they were eight days old (Gen 17:10-12). Therefore, Moses was circumcised when he was eight days old.
The fourth commandment clearly states to remember the Sabbath day and to keep it holy. Why do so many churches not keep this command?
For The Fourth
Dear For The Fourth,
The Sabbath was a holy day for the Jews, not for Christians. The Old Testament has a myriad of laws that are no longer binding in the New Testament: animal sacrifice, clean and unclean foods, and various festivals… just to name a few. 2 Cor 3 is an entire chapter devoted to explaining how the Old Law has been surpassed by the New Law. 2 Cor 3:3 especially clarifies the issue when it states that our law is “not in tables of stone”, a direct reference to the Ten Commandments that were written on stone tablets.
Gal 3:24-25 makes it clear that the Old Law was a tutor to bring mankind to Christ, but now that Christ has come, we are no longer under that tutor. The Sabbath is a part of that Old Law. In the New Testament, christians meet on the first day of the week to worship, take the Lord’s Supper (Acts 20:7), and take up a collection (1 Cor 16:1-2). In short: different covenants, different days.
The Old Testament law given by Moses was a covenant with the Jews (Deut 5:1-5). The New Testament law given in Christ is for all of mankind (Acts 2:38-39).
Who changed the law? God did.
When did it change? When the church began.
Why does the Bible list all the names of the sons and daughters at some point? Is it important? How should we take it?
Dear Kid Counter,
The section of the Bible that lists the names of the sons descended from Adam is found in Genesis chapter five; we are assuming this is the list of names that you are referring to. This particular chapter is given as an overview of the time between Adam and Noah. After the early events with Adam and Eve (the sin in the Garden of Eden, Cain killing Abel, etc.), the next big event in Bible history was the worldwide flood and the ark that Noah built. Genesis chapter five sums up all the generations in between, so we have an idea about what happened during that time period, but in the end, the details of that section of history weren’t important for us so an overview was all God deemed necessary for us to be given.
Men (and a woman, Deborah) like Ehud, Samuel, Gideon, Samson, Jephthah, and Othniel served as judges. Then men (whether good or bad) like Jehu, Omri, Solomon, Pekah, David, Josiah, Amon, Saul, and Uzziah served as kings. A king and a judge ruled over Israel, but Jehovah was still supreme over them, so in biblical terms, what's the difference between a judge and a king?
Don’t Judge Me
Dear Don’t Judge Me,
Kings ruled the nation; judges delivered the nation. When the kings were instituted, it was because the people wanted a king to guide them in place of God (1 Sam 8:4-7). Kings were in total control of the laws, military, and executive powers of the nation.
On the other hand, the judges were sent by God to deliver the nation but didn’t necessarily rule the nation. Take Samson for example. Samson never functioned as a legal guardian or lawgiver for Israel, but he was sent by God to deliver the nation from Philistine oppression (Judg 13:5). We often get confused because when we think of the word ‘judge’, we think of someone presiding over a courtroom, but that wasn’t what the Old Testament judges were. The judges of the Old Testament were sent to bring judgment upon the nations that were oppressing Israel. When Israel was suffering and cried to God, God sent them judges to deliver them from suffering (Judg 2:16).