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Shall we keep the Sabbath? One of the most important questions as it is the day of HIM.



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Shall we make graven images?



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Are we saved through works?



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The common defense here is that "we are saved by faith and works." But Paul said "not of works."


Should good works be seen?



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Should we own slaves?



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Pro-slavery bible verses were cited by many churches in the South during the Civil War, and were used by some theologians in the Dutch Reformed Church to justify apartheid in South Africa. There are more pro-slavery verses than cited here.


Does God change his mind?



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See also II Kings 20:1-7, Numbers 16:20-35, Numbers 16:44-50.


See Genesis 18:23-33, where Abraham gets God to change his mind about the minimum number of righteous people in Sodom required to avoid destruction, bargaining down from fifty to ten. (An omniscient God must have known that he was playing with Abraham's hopes for mercy--he destroyed the city anyway.)


Are we punished for our parents' sins?



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Is God good or evil?



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Does God tempt people?



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Is God peaceable?



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Was Jesus peaceable?



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Was Jesus trustworthy?



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"Record" and "witness" in the above verses are the same Greek word (martyria).


Shall we call people names?



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Has anyone seen God?



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How many Gods are there?



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It does no good to claim that "Let us" is the magisterial "we." Such usage implies inclusivity of all authorities under a king's leadership. Invoking the Trinity solves nothing because such an idea is more contradictory than the problem it attempts to solve.


Are we all sinners?



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How old was Ahaziah?



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Should we swear an oath?



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When was Jesus crucified?



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It is an ad hoc defense to claim that there are two methods of reckoning time here. It has never been shown that this is the case.


Shall we obey the law?



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How many animals on the ark?



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Were women and men created equal?



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Were trees created before humans?



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Did Michal have children?



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How many stalls did Solomon have?



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Did Paul's men hear a voice?



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(For more detail on this contradiction, with a linguistic analysis of the Greek words, see "Did Paul's Men Hear A Voice?" by Dan Barker, published in the The Skeptical Review, 1994 #1)


Is God omnipotent?



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Does God live in light?



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·                      Psalm 18:11 "He made darkness his secret place; his pavilion round about him were dark waters and thick clouds of the skies."


·                      Psalm 97:1-2 "The Lord reigneth; let the earth rejoice . . . clouds and darkness are round about him."


Does God accept human sacrifice?


·                      Deuteronomy 12:31 "Thou shalt not do so unto the Lord thy God: for every abomination to the Lord, which he hateth, have they done unto their gods; for even their sons and their daughters they have burnt in the fire to their gods."


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·                      Genesis 22:2 "And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of."


·                      Exodus 22:29 "For thou shalt not delay to offer the first of thy ripe fruits, and of thy liquors; the firstborn of thy sons shalt thou give unto me."


·                      Judges 11:30-39 "And Jephthah vowed a vow unto the Lord, and said, If thou shalt without fail deliver the children of Ammon into mine hand, Then it shall be, that whatsoever cometh forth of the doors of my house to meet me, when I return in peace from the children of Ammon, shall surely be the Lord's, and I will offer it up for a burnt offering. So Jephthah passed over unto the children of Ammon . . . and the Lord delivered them into his hands. . . . And Jephthah came to Mizpeh unto his house, and, behold, his daughter came out to meet him with timbrels and with dances: . . . And it came to pass at the end of two months, that she returned unto her father, who did with her according to his vow which he had vowed."


·                      II Samuel 21:8-14 "But the king [David] took the two sons of Rizpah . . . and the five sons of Michal . . . and he delivered them into the hands of the Gibeonites, and they hanged them in the hill before the Lord: and they fell all seven together, and were put to death in the days of harvest . . . And after that God was intreated for the land."


·                      Hebrews 10:10-12 " . . . we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ . . . But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down on the right hand of God."


·                      I Corinthians 5:7 " . . . For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us."


Who was Joseph's father?


·                      Matthew 1:16 "And Jacob begat Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus."


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·                      Luke 3:23 "And Jesus himself began to be about thirty years of age, being (as was supposed) the son of Joseph, which was the son of Heli."

I mean what is the truth?


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