Problem: Since this verse speaks of one coming with the “sword” to subdue his enemies, Muslims sometimes cite it as a prediction of their prophet Mohammed, who was known as “the prophet of the sword.” They insist it could not refer to Jesus, since He never came with a sword (Matt. 26:52).
Problem: David declares here, “I have not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his descendants begging bread.” But this is obviously not always true. Many of the starving thousands in the world today are Christians. Even the Bible spoke of “a certain beggar named Lazarus” who was in heaven (Luke 16:20). David’s statement seems to be clearly false.
Problem: The psalmist affirms that “evildoers shall be cut off.” Elsewhere (Ps. 73:27; Prov. 21:28), it says they will perish (see comments on 2 Thes. 1:9). But, does being cut off forever mean they will be annihilated?
The characteristics of the world’s largest cult.
By Dr. Stan Fleming
“Oh what a tangled web we weave when at first we practice to deceive.” This old adage would be a perfect epitaph inscribed on the tombstone of Joseph Smith. What started out as a profiteering scheme, by a young man known for his occult activities and tall tales, has now become a multi-billion dollar religious organization known as the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) whose main headquarters are located in Salt Lake City, Utah. Today, it influences millions of people and is trying desperately to present itself as part of mainline Christianity. But what is it really?
Problem: The subtitle of Psalm 34 states, “A Psalm of David when he pretended madness before Abimelech, who drove him away, and he departed.” However, David’s act of madness, recorded in 1 Samuel 21:13, took place before Achish, not Abimelech. Is this an error?
Problem: The subtitle to Psalm 30 is “A Song at the dedication of the house of David.” However, the psalm itself makes no reference to the house of David, and the content is concerned with a personal experience of God’s grace in time of trouble. Is this subtitle an error?
Problem: The psalmist declares that the earth was “founded upon the seas.” But Job said, “He hangs the earth on nothing” (Job 26:7).
31 But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way.
He said we can the gifts, but He (Paul) will show us a better way. For that we have to go into Chapter 13, so let us look at the 1st verse Continue reading 1st Corinthians 12-14 (Part 8)
Problem: Throughout the Bible God is depicted as eminently approachable, for “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble” (Ps. 46:1; cf. 73:28; James 4:8). On the other hand, in this psalm God is portrayed as inaccessible. For example, “Why do You stand afar off, O Lord? Why do You hide Yourself in times of trouble?” (Psa. 10:1; cf. Isa. 14:15; Ezek. 20:3).