Treaty with the Gibeonites (Joshua chapter 9)

One of the enduring contradictions of the Old Testament is the command to treat strangers and foreigners well, alongside the command to destroy the nations who inhabited the ancient land of Canaan, the “promised land”. We see this contrast played out in the survival plan of the Gibeonites. But what does it all mean? I […]

Crossing the Jordan River

THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE TWO WATER CROSSINGS (Exodus 14 and Joshua 3)? “… for you have not passed this way before.” (Joshua 3:3-4 NKJV) LEAVING SLAVERY IN EGYPT: OUR STATE BEFORE REGENERATION (DP 83) * … born with a predilection to love ourselves and the world the pleasures of these loves … guide us; [we […]

The Sacrifice of Isaac, the Crucifixion of Jesus, and the God of Love

“Why, in the story of Abraham and Isaac, did no-one suggest that human sacrifice is wrong, or that Abraham had no right to human-sacrifice his child?” (from Paul, The Bible for Atheists #5) How did idolatry and the sacrificial system begin? The Bible does not attempt to explain the existence of idolatry and the sacrificial […]

Religion, Life after death, and Jesus (The Bible for Atheists #3)

“Jesus was a man created by the Romans 4k years ago, the same as heaven and hell. It was put in place to keep the masses under control. Just another Hans Christian Andersen story. When we leave this world we’re all going to the same place. It’s like Kerry Packer said, when he died 5 […]