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    Zoroastrianism

    Hi folks, As you may know, the Zorostrian religion is an old one that had its origins in Ancient Persoa and was displaced by Islam in the seventh century AD. This religion is credited with the folloing ideas. Monotheism, dualistic cosmology, that is, a struggle between good and evil, messianism...
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    Demons

    Hi folks, Can anyone recommend any academic studies on the subject of demons? I know there are books on the subject, but frankly I am looking for something more detached and objective. Something that examines the facts and documents the results of a detailed and systematic investigation. I am...
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    The Bible Code

    Hi folks, Does anyone have any opinion on the bible code? By this I mean the notion of equidistant letter sequencing. There was a book on the subject by a journalist, Michael Drosnin and a more detailed follow up by Dr Jeffrey Satinover. I read these books years ago. ‘Interesting’ I thought...
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    The Commandments

    Exodus 20:3-4 1. You shall have no other gods before me 2. You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything ... I am puzzled about the first two of the ten commandments. Why are there two? Are there really other gods? The bible says not. Many times, for example Isaiah 45:5...
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    Azariah king of Judah

    In 2 Kings 15:1-7 we are given a very short description of the life of this king. We are told in verse 3 that he did right in the eyes of the Lord, then in verse 5 that the Lord afflicted him with leprosy until the day he died. In our day we accept that bad things happen to good people, with...
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    Angel of the Lord

    The wikipedia article on the Angel of the Lord (or Angel of God) summarises the appearances of the Angel in the bible but there is no consensus on who he is. In some passages the Angel of the Lord is the Lord. On other occasions he distinguishes himself from the Lord. Some think the angel is...
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    And the LORD was grieved

    In 1 Samuel 15:35 we read the somewhat surprising statement that ‘the Lord grieved that he had made Saul king over Israel’. If a human being made such a statement, it would be fine. Saul was not a good king, but how can God say such a thing? Nothing catches God by surprise. God chose Saul...
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    Praying on your knees

    This is a serious question. Should an able bodied person pray kneeling down? Jesus and Paul certainly knelt to pray, does this mean we should? I find it much easier to pray while walking up and down. Is this disrespectful? Views from the forum most welcome.
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    Cities of refuge

    In the law of Moses the issue of cities of refuge are mentioned several times. Deut chapter 19, for example tells us what these cities are for. They are places where a man can flee if he accidently kills someone. It makes sense, after a fashion, but to me at least, it seems very odd that this...
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    The golden rule and the law

    Deut 14:21. Do not eat anything you find already dead. You may give it to an alien living in any of your towns, and they may eat it, or you may sell it to a foreigner. But you are a people holy to the LORD your God. This injunction from the law seems to be in breach of the golden rule: Do unto...
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    Infectious skin diseases

    I am confused by this subject. In Lev 13:7-8 we are told that a rash that speads in the skin makes the person unclean. This is logical. But in Lev 13:12-13 it says that if a disease breaks out all over the body, from head to foot, the priest is to pronounce the person clean! I don’t understand...
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    Rabbits

    In Leviticus 11:6 God says ‘the rabbit, though it chews the cud, does not have a split hoof, it is unclean for you’. In fact the rabbit does not chew the cud, though it does make chewing movements, so the ancients were fooled into thinking it did. One would expect God to know better. Of course...
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    Cut off her hand revisited

    Dear members, I posted a thread called ‘Cut off her hand’ that received a lot of replies. LPT has just provided a post that completely explains the verses in Deuteronomy, by looking at the original hebrew, and this changes the interpretation completely. Since there were strong opinions...
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    Increase our Faith!

    Luke 17:5-6 5 The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” 6 He replied, “If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it will obey you. So, Jesus is saying a tiny, tiny bit of faith is all you need. He...
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    Cut off her hand...

    In Deuteronomy 25 we have the following: 11 If two men are fighting and the wife of one of them comes to rescue her husband from his assailant, and she reaches out and seizes him by his private parts, 12 you shall cut off her hand. Show her no pity. When reading the OT law, it is important to...
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    Before the beginning of time...

    Hi folks, Titus 1:2 says ‘resting on the hope of eternal life which God, who does not lie, promised before the beginning of time.’ So my question is, where is this promise made? Certainly the promise is referred to and the statement repeated several times in the NT: Eph 1:4 for he chose us...
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    The Lamb of God

    In Rom 8:3 and 2 Cor 5:21 we are told that Jesus is a sin offering. In Leviticus we are told that the sacrifice for sin offerings is goats and bulls. The sacrifice for a guilt offering is a Ram or Lamb. So, why is Jesus called the Lamb of God?
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    Joshua’s long day

    Hi folks, I have been very surprised to read about the controversies surrounding Joshua’s long day and the various explanations put forward to explain how God could stop the sun and moon. It is plain that stopping or slowing the Earth’s spin would create havoc, as the inertia of the oceans and...
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    Balaam’s Donkey. Numbers 22:18-22

    Hi folks, I have always loved this story and of all the possible things to cause a reader problems, I am puzzled by the content of these 5 verses. In verse 18 Balaam makes a declaration that could only be pleasing to God. In verse 19 he asks Balak’s ambassadors to wait, while he enquires of the...