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Why can’t Bible scholars agree on how to interpret the Bible?

It is true that there is wide spectrum of opinions when it comes to interpreting the Bible. Different opinions are not unique to biblical studies – scholars disagree about how to interpret Plato or Hume – but the disagreement is often far more pronounced amongst biblical scholars. One reason for this is that people have […]

What does the name of each book of the Bible mean?

Before we look at the answer to this question, it’s worth remembering that the names of the books of the Bible ¬†aren’t necessarily inspired, although they are convenient (like the addition of chapter and verse numbers1). A lot of the books of the Bible are named after the person who wrote them, the recipients of […]

What happens to people who twist Scripture for their own evil designs?

The Bible makes some strong statements about people distorting Scripture: There are some things in them [Paul’s letters] that are hard to understand, which the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they do the other Scriptures. (2 Peter 3:16) For certain people have crept in unnoticed who long ago were designated for this […]

How are we sure God exists?

The first thing to say is that the existence of God is different from the existence of, say, trees or chairs. The existence of a tree is usually so obvious that you don’t need to present arguments — almost nobody would dispute the existence of tree that was right in front of them. God is […]

What is the devil’s Bible?

The devil’s Bible is a name given to a 13th century manuscript also known as Codex Gigas (or Giant Book). The name “Devil’s Bible” came about because of a large illustration of the devil it contains (shown below). (Of course, there is nothing in the Bible that supports this image of the devil, or even […]