John Oakes

Thursday, 11 May 2017 00:56

Q: How do I explain apparent contradictions in the four gospels?

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This is a question that has been bothering me quite a bit for a long time. It can be easily seen that there are differences in the four gospels on certain events. For instance, Jesus says to bring a donkey and its colt for the ride to Jerusalem in Matthew, while it is mentioned in the other 3 gospels that He asked for a colt only. In Matthew, Jesus gives a sermon on a mountain and the teachings of that sermon can also be found in Luke but nothing about preaching on a mountain is mentioned. Is it possible that Jesus repeated the Sermon on the Mount at different places in an elaborated way?  There are some more of these differences between the gospels. How do we deal with such differences?  I also want to know how Luke elaborated the teachings of Jesus on the mount--saying more than what can be seen in Matthew. The last thing I want to know is that how can Mark's and Luke's gospels be based on the original life of Jesus even though they were never with him? The book of Matthew and John makes sense because they were with Jesus and they received the Holy Spirit after the departure of Jesus from this world.  Even if Mark and Luke were writing the gospel with a lot of studying and inquiry from witnesses, how can we be sure that their books were written in the guidance of the Holy Spirit? I believe that since both Luke and Mark were disciples/campanions of Paul (see 2 Timothy 4:11), they had the Spirit with them. What are your thoughts?mountain
Tuesday, 02 May 2017 02:19

Q: How can we explain the changed lives of those who have merely "prayed Jesus into their hearts?"

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In spite of the clear teaching in the Bible about being baptized as a necessary part of the miracle of regeneration, how do you explain people's denominational experience of a changed life when they "prayed Jesus into their heart?"eligious-experience
Tuesday, 28 February 2017 14:54

Q: Is there a specific prophecy in the Old Testament that says the Messiah will be resurrected?

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I know we have many prophecies of Christ in the OT, but I did not find one that says 'He will rise from the dead'.  Is there any verse that explicitly states this? Or is it as He said to the doubting people the only evidence He will give them is the sign of Prophet Jonah who was in the belly of the fish for 3 days.  Is this sufficient to imply the resurrection?whaleshark Jonah
Thursday, 09 February 2017 14:48

Q: Why do some commentators break the 70 "weeks" of Daniel 9 into the first 69 "weeks" with the seventieth week still in the future?

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On what basis do some commentators say the 70th week of Daniel 9:27 is still in the future? Why would the 70 week prophecy be broken down as 69 continuous weeks with the 70th week potentially some 2000 years detached from 69th week?
Wednesday, 11 January 2017 02:25

Q: Is it credible that Jesus' resurrection story was borrowed from the myths about Horus or Osiris?

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People say that the story of Jesus' resurrection is copied from the Egyptian myth about the gods Horus and Isis. Is this claim credible?horusisis

Wednesday, 14 December 2016 13:37

Q: Can you prove that Daniel 9:24-26 is a prophecy about Jesus?

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Jews always criticize the Christian explanation of Daniel 9...  https://jewsforjudaism.org/knowledge/articles/daniel-9-a-true-biblical-interpretation/
Can you prove that Daniel really spoke about Jesus in Daniel 9?
Monday, 12 December 2016 19:53

Q: Is the "second death" a complete disappearance or is it eternal torment in a lake of fire?

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Please tell me whether the concept of the "second death" means a complete disappearance or eternal torment in a lake of fire?
Wednesday, 19 October 2016 12:19

Q: Is Secular Humanism a Better Source of Morality than Christianity?

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Are Richard Dawkins' points valid in his response against faith as the only way to morality?      
[Editor's Note: View Dawkins' video that claims that secular humanists have created a better kind of morality than religion.]
Sunday, 11 September 2016 22:35

Q: Why are there thousands of religions and how do I know Christianity is true?

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Before Jesus' birth in about 5 BCE, there were thousands of different religions around the world from the those of the Native Americans to thoses of the Africans and of course, those of the Far East. 1. Why do they exist?   2. Why did God choose the Jewish people?   3. What could make Christianity true despite thousands of other religions existing?
Tuesday, 30 August 2016 11:59

Q: Does Neuroscience Prove Determinism?

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It is becoming a more and more accepted theory that humans have no ability to truly make “willful decisions.” Under this assumption, how can one come to salvation? Wouldn’t this render John 3:16 useless, because we cannot choose tobiblemind believe in God?  I understand the argument that this just points to predestination, but as someone who has never been a believer, that certainly turns me off from it.  If I cannot make willful decisions, however, it certainly seems like Christianity and salvation cannot be true.  I have spent lot of time trying to figure out what I believe about this, but this has been a huge roadblock for me with believing in God, or in believing that Jesus can save me.   Thank You.
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