Difficult Bible Scripture: How Do We Handle Such Passages? Part One

The Bible should at first be considered inerrant and the Word of God, the burden of proof lies with the critic. We have great evidence to support the scriptures as being factual. Also being critical is not necessarily a bad thing either as it makes one probe deeper looking for the answers or more problems that lie with the scripture(s) being questioned.

We must not just take one Bible verse and look into it separately; we must take that verse in context with the entire chapter, or at least the meat of the passage. Most paramount to the exegesis of the scripture is you must know what the text means. Knowing what the text means sounds very unproblematic however the Bible utilizes phrases and words that be not exactly what you would necessarily interpret them to mean. For example read John 10:7

“So Jesus said to them again, “Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep.

Well, obviously Jesus was not a door with hinges, etc.

Then there are some so-called moral issues that humanists like to bring up such as Solomon’s polygamous ways read 1 Kings 11: 1-8

1 King Solomon, however, loved many foreign women besides Pharaoh’s daughter—Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Sidonians, and Hittites. 2 They were from nations about which the Lord had told the Israelites, “You must not intermarry with them because they will surely turn your hearts after their gods.” Nevertheless, Solomon held fast to them in love. 3 He had seven hundred wives of royal birth and three hundred concubines, and his wives led him astray. 4 As Solomon grew old, his wives turned his heart after other gods, and his heart was not fully devoted to the Lord his God, as the heart of David his father had been. 5 He followed Ashtoreth the goddess of the Sidonians, and Molekthe detestable god of the Ammonites. 6 So Solomon did evil in the eyes of the Lord; he did not follow the Lord completely, as David his father had done.
7 On a hill east of Jerusalem, Solomon built a high place for Chemosh the detestable god of Moab, and for Molek the detestable god of the Ammonites. 8 He did the same for all his foreign wives, who burned incense and offered sacrifices to their gods.

Just because it was written in the Bible does not mean that it has a stamp of approval indicating a morally deficient God.

The Bible was written in the language of the people of that period and there are many idiomatic saying and words that are also used such as “The sun rises and sets” for example. Writing to people saying that the earth is rotating would leave the people wondering what that meant, in fact, today’s weatherman still tells us when sunrise and sunset will occur.
In part two of this series I will address the labeled “ethical problems” in the Bible

God Bless

Brian Mason

Terminology Tuesday: Free Will

*The ability of an agent to make genuine choices that stem from the self. Libertarians argue that free will includes the power to determine the will itself, so that a person with free will can will more than one thing. Compatibilists typically view free will as the power to act in accordance with one’s own will rather than being constrained by some external cause, allowing that the will itself may ultimately be causally determined by something beyond the self. Hard determinists deny the existence of free will altogether. Most Christian theologians agree that humans possess free will in some sense but disagree about what kind of freedom is necessary. The possession of free will does not entail an ability not to sin, since human freedom is shaped and limited by human character. Thus a human person may be free to choose among possibilities in some situations but still be unable to avoid all sin.

God Bless
Brian Mason

*. C.Stephen Evans, Pocket Dictionary of Apologetics & Philosophy of Religion (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2002), p. 46-47.

To Those Who Pray to Other God’s, Saints and even Mary:

John 14: 1-6 (NASB)

1 “Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me. 2 In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you.3 If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am,there you may be also. 4 And you know the way where I am going.” 5 Thomas *said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, how do we know the way?” 6 Jesus *said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.

It is clear.

God Bless

Brian Mason

Questions from an Ex-Catholic to a Current Catholic…

Do you think that the Biblical scripture (Sola Scriptura) is enough?

Can you pray to Jesus?

Have you done enough works to be saved?

Why do you have graven images, especially with Jesus still on the cross?

Do you pray to Mary?

How many Bible Scriptures has the pope interpreted?

When you pray to Mary are you praying to the dead?

Is it an issue to you that there is no evidence in the Bible to the following:
-Papal Infallibility
-The bodily assumption of Mary
-Purgatory

God Bless

Brian Mason

The Roman Catholic Church: Ten Commandments Distortion!

This is what the Roman Catholic Church states is the “Ten Commandments”…check this out.

1. I, the Lord, am your God. You shall not have other gods besides me.
2. You shall not take the name of the Lord God in vain
3. Remember to keep holy the Lord’s Day
4. Honor your father and your mother
5. You shall not kill
6. You shall not commit adultery
7. You shall not steal
8. You shall not bear false witness
9. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife
10. You shall not covet your neighbor’s goods

Notice the hocus pokus?

Let us now look at the actual Ten Commandments with emphasis on the NASB.

EXODUS 20: 3-11 (NASB)

1. “You shall have no other gods before Me.

2. “You shall not make for yourself an idol, or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth. 5 You shall not worship them or serve them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, on the third and the fourth generations of those who hate Me, 6 but showing loving kindness to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.

3. “You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not leave him unpunished who takes His name in vain.

4. “Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a sabbath of the Lord your God; in it you shall not do any work, you or your son or your daughter, your male or your female servant or your cattle or your sojourner who stays with you.11 For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day; therefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day and made it holy.

5. “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be prolonged in the land which the Lord your God gives you.

6. “You shall not murder.

7. “You shall not commit adultery.

8. “You shall not steal.

9. “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

10. “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife or his male servant or his female servant or his ox or his donkey or anything that belongs to your neighbor.”

Now the biggest difference if you missed it is the second commandment. There is really nothing surprising here at all. If the Roman Catholic Church really took God’s commandments seriously it would use the real commandments, however they would not be able to have ALL THE IDOLS they currently use! I know many Roman Catholics that have Jesus STILL ON THE CROSS! The Roman Catholics also use Mary as an idol. I will do an article soon on that again.

The Roman Catholic Church is simply EVIL. I will also say for the record that there are Christians within the RC Church, The EVIL is within the Churches leadership.

God Bless

Brian Mason

Are You Sure You Can Study Bible Scripture?

Do you fall into the following categories?

1. Are you filled with the Holy Spirit? Eph 5: 18  Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit,
2. Are you seeking to be set apart aka holiness? 1Peter 1:14-16  As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. 15 But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; 16 for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”
3. Do you hunger for God’s word? (1 Peter 2:2)14 As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. 15 But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; 16 for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”

Of course you must have invited Jesus into your life. Did you invite him to become your personal savior? Will you ALLOW him to be your savior? Big question!!!!!!!!!!!

Some atheists will suggest the Holy Bible is just a catalog of “fairy stories” If you think that is true, and of course tongue in cheek “you may be an atheist” (sorry big “redneck quote). Well being a skeptical person is not all that bad. I am always skeptical and want to know the truth. It has been demonstrated to me BIG TIME! I will assure you that atheism will not save.

I have been down every road you can imagine, but my heart, life and soul belongs to Jesus. And yes I am a sinner and ask for forgiveness.

If you are an atheist I ask you; do you KNOW there is no God? If you do please respond to me as I want to know your opinion to support that response as that is all you have. I also believe you have hope. Also, if you know there is no God, you must know everything about the universe?

God Bless

Brian Mason

New Look For Beacon!

I thought it would be a good time to refresh the blog a bit with a new look for the glory of God.

I went with the blackboard look, as Christian Apologists try to give the truth and educate in critical ways. So in honor of God and his word on apologetics I want to post 1 Peter 3: 13-22

13 Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good? 14 But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. “Do not fear their threats; do not be frightened.” 15 But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, 16 keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander. 17 For it is better, if it is God’s will, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil. 18 For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit. 19 After being made alive, he went and made proclamation to the imprisoned spirits— 20 to those who were disobedient long ago when God waited patiently in the days of Noah while the ark was being built. In it only a few people, eight in all, were saved through water, 21 and this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also—not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a clear conscience toward God. It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ, 22 who has gone into heaven and is at God’s right hand—with angels, authorities and powers in submission to him.

God Bless

Brian Mason

Terminology Tuesday: Revelation

*Refers both to the process by which God discloses the divine nature and the mystery of the divine will and purpose to human beings, and to the corpus of truth disclosed. Some theologians maintain that revelation consists of both God’s activity in salvation history through word and deed, culminating in Jesus (who mediates and fulfills God’s self-revelation) and the ongoing activity of God to move people to yield to, accept and personally appropriate that reality. General revelation maintains that God’s existence and particular attributes can be ascertained through an innate sense of God’s reality and conscience as well as through observation of the universe and history. Special revelation refers to the more specific divine self-disclosure to and through certain persons that brings about human salvation.

*Stanley J. Grenz, David Guretzki & Cherith Fee Nordling, Pocket Dictionary of Theological Terms (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1999), p. 102

God Bless

Brian Mason

Christian Apologetics & Research Ministry aka CARM:

Over the years I have been listening to a radio broadcast from the Christian Apologist Matt Slick originally called “Faith and Reason”, and now called “Matt Slick Live”. Not only is Matt an amazing Christian Apologist but he is one of the defenders of the Christian faith who is not afraid to stand on the front lines and take his licks. Some of you may have heard of the “hit piece” that the Daily Show did with Matt, and the fine tuning that the editors did on that show to make not only Matt look bad but most Christians as well. For me it was extremely difficult to watch. Thankfully Matt took his own recording device into the taping of the show and you can find the transcript of what was really said on the CARM.org website.

The main reason I writing this article is to first exclaim how valuable a website CARM.org is. It is a treasure trove of Apologetic information that has been compiled for many years. I have definitely benefited from the catalog of Christian articles and videos on the site. I know by the amount of hits and repeat hits on the webpage that many of you have gotten information, or joined a forum on the site.

Well according to Matt the Ministry is hurting financially. What Matt and CARM.org is asking is that people using the site to please cough up five bucks a month. I live in Canada and that is the price of a coffee and crumpet. Listening to Matt ask for the money quite frankly hurts me as I can hear in his voice that he doesn’t like asking for assistance.

I run this little blog and it takes work but I cannot imagine the time and effort it takes the people of CARM to just keep it afloat!
Matt says to first tithe to the Church and then to CARM. Please check the links below and remember Matt is a true soldier for the Body of Christ! Please support him and his ministry.

God Bless
Brian Mason

CARM donation page: https://school.carm.org/amember/signup.php

Matt Slick Live, (live broadcast 3-4 PM, FM ): http://www.christiannetcast.com/listen/player.asp?station=kbxl-fm

Roman Catholic Indulgences: Heresy

Since Pope Francis has not moved from the medieval times on the stance of indulgences, I thought a clear definition of what they are would be helpful. I would just plead to the pope to please scrape some of the gold on the ceilings that was put up there due to the indulgences and maybe feed the poor?

*A practice of the medieval Roman Catholic Church that suggested that financial contributions to the church could ensure that a person who had died could be released from purgatory (the place of torment) into heavenly bliss. Indulgences, among other practices, prompted Martin Luther to question the scriptural basis for many teachings of the medieval Roman Catholic Church. This in turn led to the Protestant Reformation and Luther’s emphasis on a person being declared righteous on the basis of faith in Christ alone without reference to meritorious human works of any kind.

*Stanley J. Grenz, David Guretzki & Cherith Fee Nordling, Pocket Dictionary of Theological Terms (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1999), p. 66

God Bless
Brian Mason