What unanswered questions arise as you read the Bible?

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TM19782017

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I am someone who ponders everything, have a problem with taking something at face value.
While searching for answers, “That’s just the way it is” and, “I don’t know” never sat well within me.

So I wonder with many on this site, what questions have you pondered while reading?
What verse or story do you find that is left unanswered ?

For instance, In Genesis, where did that piece of flesh come from that the Lord God patched up from the removed rib?

I am not asking this question to imply that I have any answers, just doing it for the sake of discussion and maybe some of us have wondered about the same thing.
 

Dean4u2c

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I am someone who ponders everything, have a problem with taking something at face value.
While searching for answers, “That’s just the way it is” and, “I don’t know” never sat well within me.

So I wonder with many on this site, what questions have you pondered while reading?
What verse or story do you find that is left unanswered ?

For instance, In Genesis, where did that piece of flesh come from that the Lord God patched up from the removed rib?

I am not asking this question to imply that I have any answers, just doing it for the sake of discussion and maybe some of us have wondered about the same thing.
God took the rib of Adam to form woman. Gen 2:21-24. Rib in Hebrew means curve. I believe that God took the Helix curve and DNA of Adam and enclosed it in flesh to form woman.
 

oyster67

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For instance, In Genesis, where did that piece of flesh come from that the Lord God patched up from the removed rib?
I'm sure it came from God just like everything else did.
 

Deuteronomy

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In Genesis, where did that piece of flesh come from that the Lord God patched up from the removed rib?
"Piece of flesh"?

Human doctors use stitches and/or glue to close an incision, yes? Likewise, סָגָר, which in this case is translated as "God took one of his ribs and ~closed up~ the flesh at that place" .. Genesis 2:21b, speaks of God repairing Adam's flesh w/o needing to add any flesh to do so.

We are not told how/what method He used to close the incision or opening, just that He did so (not unlike the Lord Jesus repairing the ear of the high priest's servant Malchus, the one that Peter had just cut off with his sword on the day of Judas' infamous "kiss" .. e.g. Luke 22:47-51; John 18:1-11).

God bless you!!

~Deut
p.s. - God had just formed Adam's entire body from the dust of the ground. Though (again) we are not told how He closed up the flesh after He removed one of Adam's ribs, something tells me that there were no tell-tale signs that He did so (like a scar). He is, after all, God ;) (so if, by chance, He actually needed an additional piece of flesh to close the incision, how hard would it have been for Him to simply create it?).

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Nehemiah6

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For instance, In Genesis, where did that piece of flesh come from that the Lord God patched up from the removed rib?
Have you heard of non-invasive surgery? God did not have to patch up anything.
 

Locoponydirtman

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God didnt need any more flesh to close up Adam's side.
He closed up his side that he opened in much the same way a surgeon does today. Except God dont need stitches and surgical tools and He could do it with out leaving a scar or a wound to heal.
 

JohnDB

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The questions that arise from within yourself as you read the scriptures and the search for those answers has a name.
It's called "The Hallakkh" or even more translated "The Walk".

Because often as you search for those answers it creates more questions which you then search for answers to.

I have asked many questions and discovered many answers...questions the average person never asks.

I still have the ultimate question that I have yet to discover...and it's answer is not in scriptures. And I don't have the answer yet. I'm just going to have to ask in person.
 

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With such a triumphal entry into Jerusalem, where were the riots when Jesus was arrested?
 

oyster67

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With such a triumphal entry into Jerusalem, where were the riots when Jesus was arrested?
Perhaps it was done secretly? (I haven't researched it.)

Peter was sort of rioting when he cut Malcom's ear off.
 

Gojira

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I am someone who ponders everything, have a problem with taking something at face value.
While searching for answers, “That’s just the way it is” and, “I don’t know” never sat well within me.

So I wonder with many on this site, what questions have you pondered while reading?
What verse or story do you find that is left unanswered ?

For instance, In Genesis, where did that piece of flesh come from that the Lord God patched up from the removed rib?

I am not asking this question to imply that I have any answers, just doing it for the sake of discussion and maybe some of us have wondered about the same thing.
If performing seances is supposed to raise demons, how did it raise up Samuel?

If the people of Sodom would have repented if they had seen Jesus' miracles, then why didn't He perform them for the Sodomites?

God's omniscience seems called into question when the Bible says that He was grieved over having created human beings -- I know I don't have this precisely worded.

How is the guy who (apparently) killed his daughter as a sacrifice one of the heroes of Hebrews?
 

oyster67

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If performing seances is supposed to raise demons, how did it raise up Samuel?
They do whatever God decides they will do.

If the people of Sodom would have repented if they had seen Jesus' miracles, then why didn't He perform them for the Sodomites?
That was before the time of Jesus' ministry on Earth.
All are without excuse. (Romans 1)

God's omniscience seems called into question when the Bible says that He was grieved over having created human beings
2 Peter 3:9
“The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”
God, in His omniscient foreknowledge, knew there would be a faithful remnant at the very end.

How is the guy who (apparently) killed his daughter as a sacrifice one of the heroes of Hebrews?
Same as the guy who took his son up onto the mountain. (Abraham)
Same as the guy who gave His only begotten Son. (Our Heavenly Father)

Jeptha was obedient and honored his vow to the Lord. We will likely see him and his daughter in Heaven.
 

Gojira

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They do whatever God decides they will do.
"They" who?


That was before the time of Jesus' ministry on Earth.
All are without excuse. (Romans 1)
Before Abraham was, Jesus is. His not walking around in the flesh in the time of Sodom did not limit His ability to get His messages across.


2 Peter 3:9
“The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”
God, in His omniscient foreknowledge, knew there would be a faithful remnant at the very end.
That OT passage makes no allusion to this at all. It at least implies that God was surprised by the wickedness of humans. This cannot be the case, but the two passages seemingly contradict one another. The only thing I can think of is that there's something we're missing in the translation.


Same as the guy who took his son up onto the mountain. (Abraham)
Same as the guy who gave His only begotten Son. (Our Heavenly Father
Jeptha was obedient and honored his vow to the Lord. We will likely see him and his daughter in Heaven.
But... God never wants human sacrifice. Jesus was the only One, and He was not solely human.

Abraham was ordered by God to sacrifice his only son -- and then stopped. Jesus was obeying the orders of His Father, but He was not solely human. Jeptha did something that the old covenant folks were never supposed to do.
 

oyster67

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"They" who?




Before Abraham was, Jesus is. His not walking around in the flesh in the time of Sodom did not limit His ability to get His messages across.




That OT passage makes no allusion to this at all. It at least implies that God was surprised by the wickedness of humans. This cannot be the case, but the two passages seemingly contradict one another. The only thing I can think of is that there's something we're missing in the translation to you.




But... God never wants human sacrifice. Jesus was the only One, and He was not solely human.

Abraham was ordered by God to sacrifice his only son -- and then stopped. Jesus was obeying the orders of His Father, but He was not solely human. Jeptha did something that the old covenant folks were never supposed to do.

I see you have questioned every answer. I hope you find peace with God's Word from someone else's answers then. I will pray for your peace and that God's Word would be a source of comfort rather than confusion.
 

soberxp

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Have you forgotten how Jesus healed the ears of a soldier?
 

Cameron143

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"They" who?




Before Abraham was, Jesus is. His not walking around in the flesh in the time of Sodom did not limit His ability to get His messages across.




That OT passage makes no allusion to this at all. It at least implies that God was surprised by the wickedness of humans. This cannot be the case, but the two passages seemingly contradict one another. The only thing I can think of is that there's something we're missing in the translation.




But... God never wants human sacrifice. Jesus was the only One, and He was not solely human.

Abraham was ordered by God to sacrifice his only son -- and then stopped. Jesus was obeying the orders of His Father, but He was not solely human. Jeptha did something that the old covenant folks were never supposed to do.
She probably wasn't sacrificed but remained a virgin and served in the service of the Lord.