How were animals were created?
Animals were created just like man was created; out of the dust of the ground. Genesis 2:19 says, “And out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof (KJV).”Therefore, every animal was created out of dirt just like man, which is why, when animals die, their flesh rots and decays just like humans do. Only Eve was fashioned out of a rib, but God still used the dust of the earth to form her around the rib. If Eve was formed any other way, she wouldn’t have been compatible with Adam to bear children. Genesis 3:19 says, from dust we were created, and dust is how we’ll return. Or simpler yet, “From ashes to ashes, dust to dust.”
How and Why is Jesus called Jesus when the Letter “J” didn’t exist in Jesus’ time?
In the original 1611 version of the King James Bible the letter “J” didn’t exist in Hebrew. The original Hebrew name of Jesus is “Yhwshua.” And no, that’s not a typo, Hebrew didn’t use many vowels. This Hebrew spelling, translated from language to language, filters down into the name we know today as Jesus. The filter is as follows per Matthew Phillips (source link provided below).
“Four step process to erase the official or Orthodox Hebrew YHW’shua: Is a process that took nearly 1600 years to evolve…
1) The Hebrew YHW’shua was abbreviated (remove HW) in Aramaic: Y’shua
2) The Hebrew/Aramaic Names were transliterated into Greek: Iesous,
3) The Greek was transliterated into Latin: Iesus [1611 KJV has Latin spelling]
4) The Latin was transliterated into the English: Jesus”
To clarify, the consonant form of J was not known in the 14thcentury, therefore, both J and I used the Y sound, as in the word “yes”. So in Greek, Iesous would be pronounced Yesous, and the Latin Iesus would pronounce to Yesus. In the 18thCentury, the letter’s J and I were split into a consonant and a vowel, and J was adopted as the consonant letter. Now, since this new consonant J was closer to the sound of the modern Y, the letter J was chosen in the translation to Jesus.
Old Testament vs. New Testament: Should we take an Eye for an Eye or Turn the other Cheek?
The rule of thumb when comparing the Old versus the New Testament is to remember we are now currently living in the New Testament, meaning, we are living after the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Therefore, our rules and regulations as followers of Christ are to mimic the teachings and covenants Jesus commanded in the New Testament.
The Old Testament “Eye for an Eye” verse in Exodus 21 is one of the most widely misinterpreted and taken out of contest verses in the bible. The easiest way to understand this meaning is to ask yourself, “does the punishment fit the crime?” Meaning, was the crime or affliction on purpose, or by accident? Each verse in Exodus details examples of planned or unplanned affliction, or rather, did the person do it on purpose or not? Once that fact is determined, the punishment or lack of punishment is determined.
Here’s 3 examples of “Does the punishment fit the crime?” in Exodus 21:
In verse 12 and 13 it says, if a man kills another on purpose, then that man will be put to death, but, if it was by accident, he may go free.
Verse 18 says, if two men fight, and one injures the other, the man who did the injuring must pay for the losses of the injured man’s time and bills.
Now in the “Eye for an Eye” example of verses 22-24, it says if two men fight, and one accidentally hits a pregnant woman and causes her to go into labor and the child is unharmed, the man who caused the labor must pay a fine chosen by the pregnant woman’s husband. BUT, if the baby is harmed, whatever happened to that baby must be done to the person who caused the labor. Meaning, if the baby lost an eye, the man would lose an eye; if the baby lost a foot, the man would lose a foot. If the baby died, then that man would be put to death.
Notice: Nowhere in this does it say, “You hit my wife, so I hit your wife.” Or, “you hurt my baby so I hurt your baby.”
Even so, Jesus completely rids this covenant in the New Testament in Matthew 5:38-45, while specifically mentioning the eye for an eye statement. He says “Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth: But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.(KJV)”
Jesus is essentially saying that he’s about to forgive all sins, therefore, there is no need to seek “a punishment that fit’s the crime,” since Jesus was about to take our punishment for sin on the cross. What Jesus is NOT saying is, if someone hits you, let them hit you again. What Jesus is actually saying is, if someone hits you, don’t seek retaliation, forgive them. Later, Jesus gives his new commandment to love one another as he loves us. Which means, forgive one another as he forgave us. Forgiveness without retaliation is Jesus’ new covenant.
Matthew 5:17: How did Jesus fulfil the Law and not Abolish it?
All have sinned, therefore, you’re not only a sinner if you’ve committed an act, but you’re a sinner even if you haven’t. Due to this, the law was never complete. Let me explain:
All law in the Old Testament was built to mimic righteousness through judgement. Therefore, anytime someone sinned, they would have to be punished to “make right” that sin. This goes back to “does the punishment fit the crime” or “does the punishment fit the sin.”
Stay with me, here’s where things get detailed.
In the old testament, you would only be accountable for your sin if you actually (physically) committed the sin. For example, one physically committing adultery or murder. Each of these sins would be paid for by the person who committed them by means of a certain punishment.
But what about the sins one committed in their heart? For example, the thought of adultery, or the hate in your heart to murder, but never actually murdering?
This is why the law wasn’t fulfilled, because people were only accountable for their physical sins. We couldn’t cleanse our own hearts. How do I know this? Proverbs 20:9 says no one can cleanse their own heart or their own sin. On top of that, throughout Matthew 5, Jesus talks about murder and adultery, and he specifically says, even if a person thinks to murder or thinks of adultery without physically committing the acts have already sinned in their heart.
Therefore, even with punishment of the old Laws, no one was ever completely sinless or righteous. Our hearts were never completely cleansed from unrighteousness.
Now, in Matthew 5, Jesus says he’s come to fulfil the law, not abolish it. He’s saying the law is still valid, meaning, the sin of murder, adultery, etc. is still sin, but he’s come to pay the ultimate price for those sins to get rid of them for good, no longer needing the sinner to pay their sins themselves.
Think about it, no matter how much the old law punished ourselves for our sins, or how many animals we sacrificed, nothing would make us righteous enough to get to heaven without the righteousness of Jesus intertwined with us. Second Corinthians 5:21, says we have the righteousness of God through Jesus.
Romans 10:4 reads “For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.” Literally meaning, Christ ended our temporary laws for righteousness by paying our punishment of sin so we could actually be righteous. With the Holy Spirit through salvation, we are now cloaked in righteousness, purifying even our hearts, which is why we’re able to now go to Heaven when we die.
This is the same concept for animal sacrifice in the Old Testament. Since the payment for sin is death, the animals died in our place. In the New Testament, no longer do we have to sacrifice animals to die in our place since Jesus was the last true and holy sacrifice that fulfilled the payment for sin instead of us. The Romans law of “the payment for sin is death” now becomes “the payment for sin was paid,” meaning, we don’t have to endure Hell, our debt to sin is paid.
Jesus fulfilled the law by paying the full price of sin; not just the outward, but the inward, and the past, and the present, and the future of it.
John 19:30 – “…It is finished.”
If God said “Thou shalt not kill,” Why does he kill off cities and have other’s kill?
Sodom and Gomorrah:
This is often the story used in reference to this question.
In order to answer this question, one has to understand God’s Word is Law. Therefore, He’s the only one that can judge his Law. If God made law and no one was held accountable for it, it wouldn’t be much of a law.
In the cases of Sodom and Gomorrah, the wickedness in their hearts was so out of control that God had to pass judgement on them, or he wouldn’t be a righteous judge. Seeing his law deliberately broken and doing nothing about it would be wrong on God’s part.
It’s easy to read these judgement incorrectly and say, God killed, but to correctly interpret these judgments, it’s easier to think on them in terms of the court system of today.
Do we blame the judge for sentencing a man to death for murder? No. We say that man’s actions led to his death since he disobeyed the law of that state.
It’s the same with God. Since his word is law, if we break those laws, it’s well within his right to pass judgment on those who broke it. A judge’s job, in any circumstance, is to pass judgement. They can impart mercy, or give the full sentence of the law; that’s their role, and their choice.
When it comes to God using others to kill, it’s the same scenario. Do we call the Jury, or the one who carries out the death sentence a murderer? No. They are being used as tools to pass righteous judgment for the one’s who broke the law.
Since God Law is final, he can righteously act as the judge, jury and executioner, or he can use a righteous person to act as the executioner, as he sometimes does in the bible.
What is Wormwood, and should Christians be worried?
This question is pending…Check back soon for the answer!