Ahithophel

Ahithophel was David’s chief counselor and the most trusted man in the cabinet. So why did he betray David and council Absolem against David when Absolem overthrew David and took the throne from David?

Aboslom didn’t hesitate to call for Ahitophel to seek advice while planning to take David’s kingdom away from him (2 Samuel 15:12). This would suggest there was bad blood between David and Ahitophel and Aboslem was mindful of it.

Then Ahitophel advised Aboslem to make love with David’s concubines in public view while David was not there ( 2 Samuel:21-23). This was the ultimate in degradation and humiliation to David.

The next thing Ahithophel does is ask Absolom if he himself can go after David (2 Samuel 17:1-2). Ahithophel wanted to bring David’s head back to Absolom.

Why would Ahithophel want to do this to David? He had been trusted for many years by David and held a high position in the kingdom.

David saw Bathsheba bathing on the roof of her house one evening. He wanted to have sexual relations with her so he sent someone to get her. Then someone said this is the daughter of Eliam and the wife of Uriah the Hittite (2 Samuel 11:3).

The Bible doesn’t tell us who said this but it could have been Ahithophel because he was David’s top adviser and he would have attempted to correct David. It was his (Ahithophel) job. It seems as though whoever was doing the talking was carefully trying to stop David from doing what he wanted to do.

The answer may be found in 2 Samuel 23:34 where we see that Eliam was Ahithopphel’s son and Bathsheba was the daughter of Eliam thus making Bathsheba his granddaughter. If you’ve ever been a grandparent you know that your grandchildren are special ones, little girls all the more. Imagine all the pain Ahithophel carried around with him for all those years, all the while holding a grudge against David. That was probably enough to send him over the edge.

Why do trespass and debtors seem interchangeable?

William Tyndale (1494-1536) first translated the Bible from Hebrew and Greek into English. Both the Greek and Latin versions of the New Testament used the word that meant “debt” in Matthew 6:12. Other church fathers and translators used the word for “debt.” Tyndale for reasons unknown used the word trespasses. 

Tyndale published his English New Testament in 1526 against the law of King Henry VIII. He lived only 10 more years after publishing his translation, all in danger. He was betrayed by one of his friends and then executed for his crimes. 

In 1611 they translated the King James version and the translators went back to using the word “debts.” The Presbyterian and other Reformed churches tend to use the word “debts” while the Roman Catholics, Episcopalians, and Methodists tend to use the word “trespasses.” 

Creation

It is important to know that World, Earth, and Ages mean everything God made.

 “Whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or things to come; all is yours;” (1 Corinthians 3:22).

About Paul, Apollos, and, Cephas:  Paul is saying to the Corinthians do not choose one of these men and raise them up. All believers have the same inheritance.

Paul includes the “world” (present and future together with life and death). This is one of the things that belong to Christians. Pauls’s statement means everything God made. 

Praying the rosary is not Biblical

There is no other way. You say you don’t want to offend your family just because the Bible tells us praying the rosary is unbiblical. Whatever you may say to those family members is most likely going to offend them anyway, so just tell them what the Bible says about it. If that offends them then so be it.

There is no scriptural basis for praying to Mary, calling her holy or calling her our life and hope. The catholic church says Mary is sinless, but in Luke 1:47 Mary calls God her savior. Sinners need a savior. Mary acknowledged that she needed a savior, therefore acknowledging that she was a sinner.

They direct most of the prayers to Mary and not God. For every praise to God, there are ten praises to Mary in the rosary.

Buffet Style Christianity

Buffet Christianity appeals to a lot of people but it does have several problems. 

One of those problems is that it is in no way the true faith (Hebrews 11:6 KJV, NLT). Another is that Buffet Christianity believes human trust is more important than trusting in the God of the Bible.

This movement rejects the authority of the Bible, does not believe that Christ is divine, and rejects Christian morality. This pick-and-choose belief system contradicts the Bible (2 Timothy 3:16-17). By rejecting the things the Bible says the people who believe in Buffet Christianity cannot possibly be Christians.

Sin in a gym

If you go to the gym to improve your physical appearance and draw the attention of the opposite sex, you are going for all the wrong reasons. 1 Corinthians 6:19 tells us that our bodies are the temple of the Holy within us. 

A Christian’s body belongs to the Lord. Verse 13 tells us this.

1 Corinthians 6:20 tells us we are to glorify God. Jesus paid the price for our sins when He died on the cross for us.                                                                                                                                                                                                  You say, “I am allowed to do anything”—but not everything is good for you. And even though “I am allowed to do anything,” I must not become a slave to anything. (1 Corinthians 6:12 NLT).  You must refuse to be like the people around you. Our bodies are sacred. God gave them to us. They are a temple to glorify God with. When we idolize the body we cannot glorify God. 

It is not o.k. to value our bodies more than God.

….for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way (1 Timothy 4:8).

 (Here are a few of my own personal thoughts). If all the energy squandered away at the gym were put to useful purposes such as mowing lawns of the sick or disabled, taking a walk picking up trash on the streets (deep knee bends), and scrubbing graffiti from walls. Are you beginning to get the idea? Did you ever see the movie KARATE KID? That would be putting all that muscle to good use. Our cities would be in immaculate condition and you would not have to pay for a membership at the gym. When did gyms happen to come along anyway? What did people do before then?

Jesus sentenced to death

Josephus, a Jewish historian, said that the Romans sometimes gave amnesty to the prisoners in Judea for political reasons.

Outside of the Bible, the utilization of amnesty is not mentioned. However, there is no reason to doubt that it happened. Pilate may have come up with this idea and it was only used while he was governor in Judea. He was always looking to appease the Jewish people to try and gain popularity with them because they did not like being under the subjection of the Romans.

On the day of the crucifixion of Jesus, a big crowd gathered outside of the headquarters of Pilate in Jerusalem. It was early morning in Jerusalem, and lots of people from Israel were there to attend the Passover feast.

Many had come from the poorer, poverty-stricken part of Jerusalem. Most of the people supported the Sanhedrin, the authority that wanted Jesus to die or Barabbas a man who had committed murder and led an uprising against Rome and a lot of people thought of him as patriotic. Most of the supporters of Jesus were surprised to learn of Jesus’ arrest and trial and probably did not even know where he was.

Pilate was convinced of the innocence of Jesus. It was clear he did not want to let Barabbas go. He was a big threat to Rome.

Pilate wanted to turn the crowd away from the leaders (the Sanhedrin) and release Jesus over the murderer Barabbas. Pilate thought it would be pure insanity to choose Barabbas over Jesus.

Pilate only showed how out of touch he was with the people. The people were not going against their Jewish leaders (the Sanhedrin). Shocked that they would free a hardened criminal, Pilate asked, “What shall I do, then, with the one you call the king of the Jews?” (Mark 15:12). The crowd cried out, “Crucify him!” (verse 13). Most if not all of them resented Jesus’ intense attacks on the Temple priesthood, from which the Sanhedrin came. These highly educated men, more than likely felt humiliated that a peasant from a rural area had made such an impact on the people, and was influencing them to ask questions about the established hierarchy. They were nervous of the crowds Jesus attracted. Jerusalem had always been flammable, particularly at festival time, and as far as they were concerned, Jesus was in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Pilate was astonished by the choice of the people there. Jesus had done nothing the Roman government considered wrong. Barabbas, on the other hand, was a hardened criminal. Pilate washed his hands and proclaimed his innocence, he was guilty as anyone else though because as a leader he had a responsibility to carry out justice, but instead he sent an innocent man to his death.

Rich young ruler

Could Barnabas and the rich young ruler be the same person as mentioned in the gospels, who was told he should sell off all his belongings?
Answer: And put away foolish and uncontrolled questioning, seeing that they are the cause of trouble (2 Timothy 2:23, Bible in Basic English). The Bible is telling us not to speculate. The Bible does not tell us the rich young ruler’s name. We know he was a wealthy man. He was probably somewhere between 25-40 years old. We do not know where or what he ruled.2 Timothy 2:23 KJV “But foolish and unlearned questions avoid, knowing that they do gender strifes.”

Potipher’s wife

Joseph was Potiphar’s slave (Genesis 39:1). If Joseph had tried to rape Potifers wife, that would have been a capital offense, and Potifer could have killed Joseph. Potipher was duty-bound to arrest Joseph on doubtful charges (it seems that way to me anyway). There were no witnesses (Genesis 39:11). If Potipher’s wife were telling the truth, then Potipher would have killed Joseph. That tells us that Potipher doubted his wife’s accusation against Joseph. Here we have Joseph, a man who valued his reputation, an honorable man who would not disobey God (Genesis 39:9).

Potipher’s wife could have had a reputation for luring men into bed with her. 

Maybe she was not attractive. There are men who marry for power and money and nothing else. That could have driven her into seducing Joseph. When an unattractive woman cries rape, especially if the man is handsome and well-built (Genesis 39:6) and his reputation is without reproach, it would be difficult to believe her, especially when nobody else was there at the time Joseph was performing his duties. It is possible she could have planned all this.

These are some reasons why Joseph was not executed.

Were Adam and Eve married

Yes, they were married.but not in the traditional way. The first chapter in Genesis does not say they were.  The first time the word wife appears in the English Bible is in Genesis 2:24  “For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. 25 And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed,” (Genesis 2:24-25). This is right after the Lord put one of Adam’s ribs into Eve. “this is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh. She shall be called woman because she was taken out of man,” (Genesis 2:23). The verse doesn’t say they were married but it is fair to say that they were.  Genesis 3:6 says “When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make one wise, she took from its fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate.” 

So, we can plainly see that they were husband and wife.

Source: https://carm.org/about-marriage/were-adam-and-eve-married-in-the-garden-of-eden/