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Julius Olugbenga Oyelakin April 30, 2012 at 8:29 am

Thank you for your soul lifting and highly explanatory articles.
They are very useful to me. Please send more to me.
Thank you sincerely.

Jack April 30, 2012 at 3:11 pm

Thank you so much Julius for your comment. Truly, you are an encourager and I appreciate your visiting us. Please come back soon. If you want more of these, please subscribe to our newsletter and get a free copy of our Ebook, “15 Questions Christians Want To Know” and you can get regular articles sent to you.

Chevelle October 24, 2012 at 6:12 pm

Hey Jack! I noticed alot of controversy over the book of leviticus. What is up with that?

Jack Wellman October 24, 2012 at 6:19 pm

Hello Chevelle, Thanks for your question. Good to hear from you. I am not aware of any controversy about the book of Leviticus. Is it from all of the animal sacrifices? Is so, this is a vivid reminder of just how awesome the consequences of sin are. In fact, holiness is spoken of 152 times in the book of Leviticus. It is mentioned here more than ANY other book of the Bible. God was teaching his people that they were to be set apart or “separated” for holiness. Just like the Israelites, we are to be different from the world. We are to devote every area of our lives to God. But how can we, sinful people, worship and obey a holy God? Our sin must be dealt with first. For this reason Leviticus opens with instructions for offerings and sacrifices.

I recently gave an expository sermon from this most holy book and it speaks with how we deal with sin. The sacrifices and offerings detailed in Leviticus were a means of atonement, or symbols of repentance from sin and obedience to God. Sin required a sacrifice – a life for a life. The sacrificial offerings had to be perfect (i.e. Jesus).

Chevelle October 25, 2012 at 6:58 pm

Hi Jack, your response serves me well. To be more specific,
I am referring to whenever someone wants to down or degrade the Bible and Christianity, they go to specific points in Leviticus like the text where a woman is supposed to marry her rapist, and to be stoned when she is not “chaste”. To me, these laws have a message to them. But people place the social justice issues into the Bible when the Bible already speaks of justice. I just don’t know what to say to them.

Jack Wellman October 26, 2012 at 3:08 pm

Chevelle, could you tell me the Scripture verse and chapter? People that have issues with the Old Testament Laws (that are no longer in effect & were only for Israel) just want to pick an argument and they are trying to use the Old Testament to bring down the whole Bible, and thus, God. Lets say, we used to hang people or we used to light them on fire and burn them at the stake. Why did these non-CHristian nations do that, you could ask them? Do all non-Christians feel like this? See their reasonings?

Because otherwise, when she gets married and her husband discovers that she is not a virgin, she will be killed:

If any man take a wife, and go in unto her, and hate her, And give occasions of speech against her, and bring up an evil name upon her, and say, I took this woman, and when I came to her, I found her not a maid: Then shall the father of the damsel, and her mother, take and bring forth the tokens of the damsel’s virginity unto the elders of the city in the gate…. But if this thing be true, and the tokens of virginity be not found for the damsel: Then they shall bring out the damsel to the door of her father’s house, and the men of her city shall stone her with stones that she die: because she hath wrought folly in Israel, to play the whore in her father’s house: so shalt thou put evil away from among you. Deuteronomy 22:13 [much like what is found in Leviticus]

Making the rapist marry the poor girl is a humanitarian rule–she gets to stay alive, and her father gets compensated for the value of the property that he lost. Win-win all around, showing how merciful is Our Heavenly Father.

Unless you or they can give me Scriptures, they can not make their point.

Chevelle October 26, 2012 at 7:21 pm

Hi Jack! Thank you again! I wasn’t sure where in the scriptures they were getting it from. Some of my classmates were saying how they preferred Buddhism over Christianity and were pointing to those things in the Bible that were in Leviticus which were actually Deuteronomy, to make the Bible (and God) seem like a horrible thing! Thank you for clarifying those scriptures for me and making me realize that those laws were written for Israel and no longer in effect. I am reading the Gospels now, starting with John and haven’t reached Leviticus.
Can also say that I am glad that I found your site and that you are interactive with your commentors. As a student in college, I am limited in the people that I am able reach to help me through my journey. I feel like talking to you has already helped me to grow. Thank you again for your patience and kindness.

Jack Wellman October 26, 2012 at 7:37 pm

I am so overjoyed you came here Chevelle. We have an article that shows that Buddhism has no Savior and they have no way to remove sin or anyway to get to heaven. Even Buddhists acknowledge that. An article called Who is Jesus? shows the difference between Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Taoism, and the rest and that of all the religions of the world, only Jesus alone is still alive today. Read this link so you can be ready to answer those. When I went to a college, a “Christian” one mind you, there were so many skeptics but hold on to the Truth for it is the only truth available in the world.

http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/who-is-jesus/

Chevelle October 28, 2012 at 11:20 am

Thank you for the link. I am at a “Christian” university as well and it seems as if there are many maybe even more nonbelievers than believers at this school. And the ones who do believe, or so they say, like to say the Bible was written to long ago to apply to our modern society or use the age old “the Bible is not clear, so we don’t know” logic to ignore what it says and go along with how they feel (more like what their friends and professors) says is right. I will always hold on to the Bible, it IS the only Truth available in the world and I will never let that go. Thank you again for being an inspiration. I am reading alot more your posts and the Bible.

Graham June 25, 2013 at 1:20 am

A very clear explanation. I would be interested in your thoughts on a couplke of sayings that I am struggling with. When Jesus says you must hate your mother and father if you are to follow him – could this be – you must sacrifice everything? I have a family and this comes across as a bit harsh. (luke 14:26) and when he appears to go along with the old testament saying of children who curse their parents should be put to death (lev 20:9) Jesus’ comment Matthew 15:4 – that lines me up for stoning – when I was younger – gladly reformed. I realise that these were hard times in the desert and almost 3 thousand years ago for the original command but if Jesus is God, and he agrees with the old testament then surely he is saying this still stands? Thankyou.

Jack Wellman June 25, 2013 at 12:24 pm

Thank you Graham for your comment and question. Jesus means that we should not necessarily hate our family but in comparison to our love for Him. He is speaking in hyperbole or extreme exaggeration to make a point.

In Matthew 15:4 Jesus was speaking to us, Christians? No, but to the religious leaders who were being hypocrites. They were not even taking care of their parents in their old age and this is not honoring them and Jesus was saying that were keeping their own traditions and so if they were so tied to the law then they should be stoned for they were not honoring their own parents (15:3-9). Jesus always made them realize that if they wanted to keep these old laws, like in the Old Covenant, now done away with, (except for the 10 Commandments which were written in stone and not part of the Mosaic Law) then they should go all the way…and by the way, they were breaking the 5th Commandment anyway.

No, stoning is not still in effect, Jesus proved that when they brought the woman who was caught in adultery and those who were going to stone her left since they couldn’t cast the first stone being lawbreakers themselves. Make sense? Hope so.

Graham June 25, 2013 at 1:48 pm

Thanks Jack for your quick reply.

Sometimes we must get clouded with reading and never stopping to reflect and let the spirit guide us. I guess the devil wants to snare us this way so we get down hearted. My prayers go to you for lifting my spirits today. Thank you.

Jack Wellman June 25, 2013 at 7:42 pm

Thank you Graham. Great point. I agree. If I’m not careful, and there’s a mist from the pulpit you can be sure there’ll be a fog in the pews. LOL





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