Brief Bible answers to a misinformed youtuber

We have a series of questions from Lag:

Hello, interesting and credible site.

I would like to see debunks/answers to these videos.

Brief Bible Blunders Episode #

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F2EmxXdZ6Zc

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cXrIO8xpNn8&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v7cBWm5mh5U&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UdrVvcvvY34&feature=related

There are more parts to these types of videos corresponding by part number.

There is also this video:

Questions for Biblical Inerrantists & Literalists:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DPKZVqEr6V8

Thank you in advance.
Lag

Dear Lag, thank you for your encouragement and for sharing these videos with us. As you may have noticed while reading our site, we don’t rely on our own human wisdom to find the answer for any question, but we only accept and share with others the clear answers that the Bible itself gives. In other terms, we only rely on God’s Wisdom as revealed in His inerrant and infallible Word, the Bible.

Now, these are videos that contain many points that need some detailed explanations, as many are misled concerning them. Those who do not care about the truth are satisfied when you give them an incomplete presentation of what the Bible says, and therefore they are very easily deceived by ignorant professors like this youtuber called “ProfMTH”. As you may have already noticed, this guy tries to fill his videos with as many misleading points as possible (usually with those “Fun ‘facts'” of his…) so that Christians will not have the possibility to answer each point in details. It seems he thinks that it’s only when we answer in details that he will be exposed and his lies will be evident, as the whole of his “strength” is in keeping his readers in darkness and ignorance concerning the real details related to each point, as we will see in this article. If we would answer in details, we would have to write whole volumes about each point; which is not very practical, especially as an answer to your present question. But what this youtuber does not know is that the Bible is so clear about each of those points, that it is enough if we present to the readers the simple facts of the Bible, and thus his lies and deceptions will be exposed. Therefore this article is a brief Bible answer to that misinformed youtuber. Actually, all what this ProfMTH does is to reveal to us how much he is ignorant (and glad to be ignorant!) about the real facts of the Bible, although he says and wants to convince us that he’s a professor who knows. In this point (just as in many others) he proves the Word of God right when it says:

“professing themselves to be wise, they became fools” (Romans 1:22).

This guy has no respect toward his Creator and His Word, and that’s a characteristic of those who have refused the knowledge of God. A person who refuses to be accountable before the Holy Creator would do anything to mock the truth and to avoid submitting to God. With this method he’s trying to justify his sinfulness… And yet, no human can escape the clear evidence that God has given about Himself, and only an ignorant like this ProfMTH will continue to ignore all the evidence of science and logic about the Creator God. In fact, atheists are anti-science and anti-logic. To read about that evidence of God you can consult our article What is the evidence for God’s existence?

What ProfMTH aimed to do was to prove the Bible errant, but all what he did was to show how much he himself is errant (as Jesus said in Matthew 22:29) and how much he lacks attention and honesty while reading his Creator’s Word, as he reads it carelessly and with the only purpose of finding errors. God is perfect, and He may never do any error, so His Word is inerrant. The simple answers that we will give in this article will show you this fact. Actually, God clearly told us that His Word is inerrant:

“The words of Jehovah are pure words, silver tried in the furnace of earth, purified seven times.” (Psalm 12:6)

“Thy word is exceeding pure, and thy servant loveth it.” (Psalm 119:140)

Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him.” (Proverbs 30:5)

“Sanctify them by the truth: thy word is truth.” (John 17:17)

And ProfMTH wants us to believe that God didn’t really literally mean what He said in the Bible. This is a very deceitful way to lead people to accept any human interpretation of any passage, as thus they will give the words of the Bible any meaning they would like to give. But the Lord Jesus was very clear and precise concerning the importance of accepting the Bible literally as it is:

“For verily I say unto you, Until the heaven and the earth pass away, one iota or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law till all come to pass.” (Matthew 5:18)

Even the smallest letter of God’s Word is important for Jesus! The Lord Jesus not only defended the literal acceptance of the Bible, but He also referred to the very miracles which critics reject as historical and literal events. He cited the creation (cf. Luke 11:51, Mark 10:6, Mark 13:19), Adam and Eve (cf. Matthew 19:4-5), Noah and the Flood (cf. Matthew 24:37-39), Sodom and Gomorrah (cf. Luke 10:12), and Jonah and the great fish (cf. Matthew 12:39-41). Jesus didn’t fear any human, so He would not temper the truth to fit the tastes of His audience.

Every word of God is pure (cf. Proverbs 30:5)!!

But the problem with the critics is that they don’t really understand what “literal” means, or more precisely they don’t want to understand… They think it means that we should understand any word of the Bible as it is explained in the dictionary regardless of its context in the biblical passage. For example, if a word is mentioned in a poetic passage, they think we mean we will understand it the same way we understand it in a historical or narrative passage. In this they are totally wrong. No word of the Bible can be taken out of context and understood as such. We should always understand any word or sentence in its context, but literally. If we don’t take it as it means literally, then we can’t even understand a figure of speech if that word happens to be used in a figure of speech. For instance, we read: “The heaven which is over your head shall be bronze, and the earth which is under you, iron.” (Deuteronomy 28:23) If we don’t take the literal meaning of “bronze” and “iron”, we will not understand what these figures of speech literally mean in this context. Yes, indeed, these figures of speech have a literal meaning in the context of this verse, and they literally mean that the judgment of God on sin will be that the sinners will not have rain and graces of heaven and planting. This is a literal meaning, unlike what critics think. This is what the figure of speech literally means, or else it would not be called “figure of speech”… In fact, the critics think that “literal meaning” and “materialistic or physical meaning” are synonyms. But that’s wrong. A literal meaning follows the meaning of the context, and in the general context of the Bible it’s always a spiritual meaning, and in the particular context of each passage it follows the style of the text (poetic, prophetic, narrative, historical, etc…) So, for example, when Jesus says that we should eat His flesh and drink His blood in order to have life in us, He means a literal eating and drinking, but not a physical or materialistic eating and drinking. He means the spiritual literal eating and drinking, as true faith is the real experience of being spiritually filled by Christ, just as the physical eating and drinking are physical literal satisfaction of bread and water. In other terms, eating by faith is as literal as eating by mouth! The difference is that the one is spiritual eating, and the other is physical eating. But both are literal! If your faith is not a literal eating, then your faith is a dead faith. These are the points where critics are misled, just as the Bible says:

“But [the] natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him; and he cannot know [them] because they are spiritually discerned (1 Corinthians 2:14)

How can a person receive the things of the Spirit of God if he is still dead spiritually and he doesn’t have any spiritual discernment? How can you make those critics think spiritually when all what they think about when you tell them about eating is their belly??… And how can they understand the creation (which is a miracle) if they refuse the knowledge of the Omnipotent Creator and the very idea of miracles? How can they understand that God could create this universe from absolutely nothing? They can’t. They can’t see beyond what is seen, as they refuse the notion of the literal spiritual eyes… Therefore all the accounts of the Bible seem to them impossible and they try to explain them away instead of asking God to give them a spiritual understanding so that they may begin to understand.

In brief, all the words and sentences of the Bible should be literally explained in context, and only God can explain them. In other terms, we should find the explanations only in the Bible, and not in our speculations or personal subjective opinions about what each passage or word should mean.

And if you would like to read more about what God said concerning His Word, the Bible, you can read the following articles:

The Bible is the Word of God

The Canon of Scripture

Mormons confess that they are “open minded” in the interpretation of the Word of God

Now, I will pass to each episode that you shared with us, I will put the concerned video, and I will give the simple biblical facts, and you will see how the lies and ignorance of ProfMTH will be exposed. Then I will give some important comments concerning the last video that you shared with us.

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Episode #1: Where are you going?

In this video, we have a clear example of quoting verses and expressions out of context. If ProfMTH really wanted to share the truth with you, he would quote the context and he would show you what really happened. But as I explained above, he just wants to mislead people and prove his point for all cost, therefore he doesn’t share with people the real facts. And he knows that people who, like him, don’t want to know the truth about God will be satisfied with what he presents to them to confirm their unbelief, instead of searching deeper to see what the real facts are.

So the antidote for his poison is very simply to present the facts as they are. Let’s see what really happened.

John 13 to 17 is indeed the account of what happened during the last supper of Jesus with His disciples. John makes a little introduction before he begins the account:

“Now before the feast of the passover, Jesus, knowing that his hour had come that he should depart out of this world to the Father, having loved his own who were in the world, loved them to the end.” (John 13:1)

In this verse, John is not yet relating to us what happened during the Passover meal. He is just introducing that by explaining to us how Jesus’ love was perfect and how He loved us to the end, to the point of death, as that was the hour for which He came (cf. John 12:27). In other words, John is telling us that this Passover was the hour for which Jesus came! If you read the Gospel according to John carefully, you will see how John was all the time telling us how the hour had not come yet (cf. John 2:4, John 7:6, John 7:30, John 8:20). Now when we get to John 12, we begin to read how that hour came, and that was the week of the Passover (cf. John 12:23, 27). And after explaining the detailed doctrines that Jesus taught in relation with the hour that came, John passes to chapter 13 and gives us a summary of what was said in John 12 by explaining how that hour was related to the love of Christ for His own and how that means that He would go to the end for them, i.e. He would die! This is the best introduction for all what the Passover meal really means, so John introduces that meal with these important notes about Christ’s hour and death for us.

Until here, we’re still in the introduction for the meal of the Passover, and John explains to us some summarizing points before he passes to the feast of the Passover. In other words, he is like saying: “Now before I pass to the feast of the Passover, I will tell you how it is related to the perfect love of Christ and His death for us”. Now, how did I know that this is an introduction? Did I use some magic or some human opinion? Not at all! I just took the context (chapter 12 that comes before, and the next verse — John 13:2), and I knew from the same Author of the Bible — i.e. God — that the Passover meal happened on the first day of Unleavened Bread, when the Passover lamb was being sacrificed, on that night when Jesus was betrayed to be the real Lamb (cf. Matthew 26:17-19, Mark 14:12-16, Luke 22:7-13). The first day of Unleavened Bread began that night and ended on Friday evening (according to the way the Jews counted the days from night to night). So Jesus was crucified on the same day when the Passover meal was done, after He had the supper with His disciples in the night. This is clear and simple. Whatever ProfMTH concludes is based only on his human assumption that John must be contradicting the other accounts; but he has no biblical back up for this assumption. I will discuss the other details related to ProfMTH’s error later in this article.

And then the Apostle John passes to the meal of Passover and directly goes to the hatred of Judas, contrasting it with the love of Jesus with which he introduced his passage:

“And during supper, the devil having already put it into the heart of Judas [son] of Simon, Iscariote, that he should deliver him up, [Jesus,] knowing that the Father had given him all things into his hands, and that he came out from God and was going to God, rises from supper and lays aside his garments, and having taken a linen towel he girded himself: then he pours water into the washhand basin, and began to wash the feet of the disciples, and to wipe them with the linen towel with which he was girded.” (John 13:2-5)

Jesus’ love was so perfect! He even washed the feet of the one who would betray Him!

And then Judas left to betray Jesus…

Did you notice that ProfMTH thinks that John didn’t tell us about which supper he was talking?… Well, that’s the supper of the Passover to which John just made an introduction in verse 1…

So you see how ProfMTH is misled. And you see how many points he ignorantly mocked before passing to the main point of his episode, which is “Where are you going?” Now we pass to that point…

“Children, yet a little while I am with you. Ye shall seek me; and, as I said to the Jews, Where I go ye cannot come, I say to you also now.” (John 13:33)

They cannot offer themselves as a sacrifice of sin as He would do, and they could not die and go to Heaven for now. He was going to the Father. His hour had come.

Now, after 2 verses comes Peter’s question which was mentioned by the youtuber:

“Simon Peter says to him, Lord, where goest thou? Jesus answered him, Where I go thou canst not follow me now, but thou shalt follow me after.” (John 13:36)

So Peter asked Jesus where He was going. Did he receive an answer? Well, a deceiver like ProfMTH will not tell you the details about the answer… You see that he didn’t go into those details, and he automatically jumped to John 16 (2 chapters away!!) to tell you that there is a contradiction… You see how much he respects the context, right? Well, Peter received the answer that he would follow Jesus to where He was going, but not now. With this answer, Peter is surprised why he can’t follow Him right now?

“Peter says to him, Lord, why cannot I follow thee now? I will lay down my life for thee. Jesus answers, Thou wilt lay down thy life for me! Verily, verily, I say to thee, The cock shall not crow till thou hast denied me thrice.” (John 13:37-38)

So Peter was not yet ready to die as a martyr. He would deny Christ…

And thus we pass to chapter 14. Here, Jesus tells them clearly where He was going:

“In my Father’s house there are many abodes; were it not so, I had told you: for I go to prepare you a place; and if I go and shall prepare you a place, I am coming again and shall receive you to myself, that where I am ye also may be.” (John 14:2-3)

Now, I want to stop here to make a little comment: How can a materialist like ProfMTH understand these beautiful heart-to-heart conversations that the Lord is having with His friends?…

As you see, Jesus clearly told them that He was going to His Father’s house to prepare a place for His own whom He loved to the end. The disciples didn’t realize that they did receive an answer here… But Jesus wanted to make sure they realize it, so He said:

“And ye know where I go, and ye know the way.” (John 14:4)

That was like: “Now you know the answer to the question ‘Where are you going?'”…

But just as expected, Thomas expresses the misunderstanding of his friend disciples:

“Thomas says to him, Lord, we know not where thou goest, and how can we know the way?” (John 14:5)

Now, I am glad that ProfMTH didn’t say this is a contradiction, as Jesus already told them where He was going and Thomas is still asking! I would explain to him how the truths that the disciples were hearing were very new to them, and they were in a very strong psychological state as they were being told that their Master was leaving them! They couldn’t understand from the first time. And that’s why Jesus repeated the truth in other ways.

“Jesus says to him, I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father unless by me.” (John 14:6)

So it’s about going to the Father, and Jesus is the only Way to the Father. Now it’s clear that where Peter will follow Christ is to the Father, as he has taken the right Way, i.e. Jesus Christ.

Then Jesus explains how He is one with the Father, and gives them the promise to send to them the Holy Spirit. And in John 14:28 He repeats again clearly that He is going to the Father.

And thus we pass to chapter 15… Do you already notice how many important points have been dismissed by this deceiver called ProfMTH? He didn’t care to tell you all this! Let’s see now in brief what happened in chapter 15. Jesus gave the example of the Vine and the branches, and He explained to His disciples what true love is. After explaining some more details about the Spirit who would come, Jesus passes to the details of chapter 16. And this chapter begins with an encouragement concerning the persecutions that would come upon the disciples because of their faith in Christ. But why was He telling them these things now? The answer is in verse 4:

“But I have spoken these things to you, that when their hour shall have come, ye may remember them, that I have said [them] unto you. But I did not say these things unto you from [the] beginning, because I was with you.” (John 16:4)

Jesus was with them before; they relied on Him to find a way through the persecutions. Now He was going… What would they do? Jesus encourages them with the promise of His presence with them through the Spirit who would come to dwell in them forever. Now, the subject was really serious! They would be persecuted and killed for their faith in Christ! Now the seriousness of discipleship appears more clearly. The disciples were absorbed in this whole sorrow through which they were passing, especially the point that Jesus was leaving them to go to the Father, that even if they still didn’t get where Jesus was going (although He said it clearly), yet they would not ask about that anymore. So Jesus says:

“But now I go to him that has sent me, and none of you demands of me, Where goest thou? But because I have spoken these things to you, sorrow has filled your heart.” (John 16:5-6)

You see how Jesus once again said where He was going. So what was the need for the disciples to ask Him where He was going? But the point is not about where He was going anymore. The point is that there was now something more preoccupying for them. Instead of WHERE He was going, now the matter was HOW He was going… He would die for them, and they would become the persecuted disciples for this dying Master. So Jesus tells them that NOW they are not asking Him anymore where He is going, as sorrow has filled their heart after hearing those details. “Demands” is in present continuous… I remind you that all this was new for the disciples. They were not 21st century Christians for whom all these details have become history… They were living it for the first time, and they were confused about how could it be that the Christ would die.

Now, take it in a very simple way and ask yourself: Why would the disciples ask Him where He was going after He had already told them where He was going? So where is the contradiction if Jesus says that NOW they are not asking anymore? Does this contradict the fact that Peter already asked that question in John 13 and Thomas asked in John 14? Not at all! They were not asking NOW. Jesus didn’t say that they didn’t ask already…

You see how much it is easy to deceive people when you don’t quote the facts and the context as they are…

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Episode #2: Hey, didn’t you all die already?

First, I want you to notice the bad and wrong representation of God… You see which picture ProfMTH chose to represent God? This youtuber is so ignorant about the Nature of God; he has no idea about His character. So he mocks Him with this picture. He wants you to think about God as a bad despot who is always angry on people, even when talking to Moses… While the Bible says:

“Thus the LORD used to speak to Moses face to face, just as a man speaks to his friend.” (Exodus 33:11)

Of course, ProfMTH didn’t care to explain to you how the anger of God is upon sin, and not upon those who are justified by faith… Why would he care? Is he trying to be honest with you?…

Besides this, God clearly said not to represent Him in any form, not even of a human:

“And take great heed to your souls (for ye saw no form on the day that Jehovah spoke to you in Horeb from the midst of the fire), lest ye corrupt yourselves, and make you a graven image, the form of any figure, the pattern of male or female, the pattern of any beast that is on the earth, the pattern of any winged fowl that flieth in the heaven, the pattern of anything that creepeth on the ground, the pattern of any fish that is in the waters under the earth; and lest thou lift up thine eyes to the heavens, and see the sun, and the moon, and the stars, the whole host of heaven, and be drawn away and bow down to them and serve them, which Jehovah thy God hath assigned unto all peoples under the whole heaven.” (Deuteronomy 4:15-19)

So God says we should not draw any picture of Him. You see how this ignorant youtuber beat himself with the same hand with which he intended to beat the biblical literalism…

Now read that “Fun ‘fact'” that he mentions: “Moses was 80 years old when he speaks to Pharaoh”. But do you see any funny thing here? This ignorant youtuber suggests that it is impossible that this could be real… I ask him: How do you know it’s impossible? Can you give me any evidence or proof that it is impossible? If you can’t, then stop mocking like a kid, and come debate us with real arguments. If you don’t believe there is a great wall in China, your unbelief does not make that wall disappear… If you don’t believe that the pyramids of Egypt were built by humans of old times, that doesn’t make the pyramids the fruit of alien work or of 20th century humans…

You see how this guy fills his videos with side-notes to give the general impression that the Bible is a funny fairy tale. But he is embarrassing himself, as we are seeing in this article. Imagine someone writing a “Fun ‘fact'” like the following: “Historians say that the ancient Egyptians built the pyramids”… Who would laugh at this fun fact?… I guess only ProfMTH would laugh…

And then he gives another “Fun ‘fact'”: “Yahweh was hardening the heart of Pharaoh so that he would NOT release the Hebrews. Talk about working both sides!”

Now let me give you the simple facts, and you will laugh at the ignorance of this guy while writing this sentence…

God is Holy. He hates sin by Nature. He never agrees or accepts sin, even when saving the sinner. Some people think that when God forgives the sinner, that means He says “no problem” to sin. But that’s totally wrong. An essential condition for forgiveness is that the sinner admit he is a lost sinner. A person who insists that he is righteous and that he doesn’t need Salvation will never find forgiveness, but God will harden his heart more and more as he refuses to repent. This is God’s way of holiness all the time:

“for [the] shewing forth of his righteousness in the present time, so that he should be just, and justify him that is of [the] faith of Jesus.” (Romans 3:26)

If God justified the sinner without judging his sin, He would be unjust; He would be lowering His standard of holiness. God who is perfect and just would never do such a thing! God reveals His Glory by being the God of Grace, i.e. by redeeming the repentant sinner who puts his trust in the Redeemer. If God does NOT harden the heart of the sinner who refuses to repent, He will be “working both sides”!! Because sin is what kills the sinner! If God agrees with sin and says “no problem”, He will be like a physician who says “no problem” for a disease, and thus leaves the patient without healing! So as Pharaoh insisted on hardening his own heart towards the call of God to repentance, God hardened his heart more, or else He would be compromising with Pharaoh’s sin for the sake of the liberation of His people. God would not do such a wrong thing. And indeed, God didn’t harden the heart of someone who was willing to repent. He hardened the heart of someone who already chose to harden his heart to the call of God to repentance:

“And Pharaoh saw that the rain and the hail and the thunders had ceased, and he sinned yet more, and hardened his heart, he, and his bondmen. And the heart of Pharaoh was stubborn, neither would he let the children of Israel go, as Jehovah had spoken by Moses.

And Jehovah said to Moses, Go in unto Pharaoh; for I have hardened his heart, and the heart of his bondmen, that I might do these my signs in their midst” (Exodus 9:34-10:1)

God didn’t make Pharaoh harden his heart, but He confirmed and judged his stubbornness. So even when people sin, God uses their sinning for His holy plan WITHOUT participating in their sin. As you see, God gave Pharaoh and his people many opportunities to turn from their sin and to repent, as He stopped the judgments that He brought on them. But as all the instances where Pharaoh repented were cases of false and hypocrite repentance, so God would not agree with such false repentance just to release His people. He is Holy, and He will judge sin. Thus the heart of Pharaoh was hardened, as God hardened his unrepentant and stubborn heart.

Thus God showed His Glory through Pharaoh:

“For the Scripture says to Pharaoh, “FOR THIS VERY PURPOSE I RAISED YOU UP, TO DEMONSTRATE MY POWER IN YOU, AND THAT MY NAME MIGHT BE PROCLAIMED THROUGHOUT THE WHOLE EARTH.”” (Romans 9:17)

Although the Pharaoh refused to repent, but God was not surprised by that! He had already revealed the hardening of Pharaoh’s heart to Moses (cf. Exodus 4:21). This was said to Moses in way of prophecy, and not in way of destiny.

As you can see, this youtuber’s attacks are all based on a deep misunderstanding of the context and of the whole facts.

But once again notice how many points he attacked indirectly before reaching the topic of his episode which is: “Hey, didn’t you all die already?”… Let’s pass to that now…

“And Jehovah said to Moses, Go in unto Pharaoh, and tell him, Thus saith Jehovah the God of the Hebrews: Let my people go, that they may serve me. For if thou refuse to let them go, and shalt retain them still, behold, the hand of Jehovah shall be on thy cattle which is in the field, on the horses, on the asses, on the camels, on the oxen and on the sheep, with a very grievous plague.” (Exodus 9:1-3)

On which cattle would the hand of God be? On the cattle which is in the field! Notice this carefully. To make this point more evident, I would like to quote here the passage that ProfMTH used as contradicting this verse:

“And now send, [and] secure thy cattle, and all that thou hast in the field: all the men and the cattle that are found in the field, and are not brought home — on them the hail shall come down, and they shall die.” (Exodus 9:19)

So the judgment of Exodus 9:3 would come on the cattle which is in the field!!… We continue reading the context that ProfMTH hates so much…

“And Jehovah will distinguish between the cattle of Israel and the cattle of Egypt; and there shall nothing die of all that the children of Israel have.” (Exodus 9:4)

Oh! So there were some cattle that were spared in Egypt!! Whose cattle were they? The cattle of some slaves of the Egyptians, called the children of Israel… And as you know, all what belongs to a slave also belongs to his masters…

I guess you began to notice where this ignorant and mocking youtuber is embarrassing himself:

– Only the cattle which were in the field were affected by this judgment.

– The cattle of the children of Israel were spared, and they belong to the Egyptians, as the children of Israel were slaves.

– God didn’t bring judgment on the gold and the other riches of Egypt, so they could buy new cattle from their neighbors!! The cattle that were affected by the judgment were the cattle of the Egyptians, and not of the whole world…

We continue…

“And Jehovah appointed a set time, saying, To-morrow will Jehovah do this thing in the land. And Jehovah did this thing on the following day, and all the cattle of Egypt died; but of the cattle of the children of Israel died not one.” (Exodus 9:5-6)

Here we have an example of a word that is used literally, but according to what it means in context: “all”. We have seen that the context talks about the cattle which are in the field! So this “all” literally refers to ALL of those cattle which are in the field. So now you see why ProfMTH avoids quoting the context… He wants to attack the literal meaning of the Bible, and yet he doesn’t even know what “literal” means. As I explained at the beginning of this article, the literal meaning of a word does not violate the meaning of the context.

And note with me that only the cattle of Egypt died!! Does this mean anything in relation to the ignorance of ProfMTH? Of course it does. According to the historical evidence, the Exodus happened around 1445 B.C. Most historical evidence shows that in that time, the Pharaoh was Amenhotep II. This Pharaoh and those who came before him had expanded the boundaries of the Egyptians’ influence far beyond natural borders! So there were slave nations under the dominion of the Egyptian Pharaoh in those times, and the Pharaoh could very easily replace the lost cattle by cattle brought from those countries… So we got now a new factor to be added to the above. I repeat the factors with this new addition:

– Only the cattle which were in the field were affected by this judgment.

– The cattle of the children of Israel were spared, and they belong to the Egyptians, as the children of Israel were slaves.

– God didn’t bring judgment on the gold and the other riches of Egypt, so they could buy new cattle from their neighbors!! The cattle that were affected by the judgment were the cattle of the Egyptians, and not of the whole world…

– God only brought that judgment on the cattle of Egypt, so the Pharaoh could still bring new cattle from slave countries…

You already see how the same verse that this poor youtuber wanted to use against the authority of the Bible turned against him…

We continue…

“And Pharaoh sent, and behold, there was not one of the cattle of the Israelites dead. But the heart of Pharaoh was hardened, and he did not let the people go.” (Exodus 9:7)

Of course, after telling you about the judgment of God upon the cattle, ProfMTH mentions the hardening of the Pharaoh’s heart as a joke or carelessly, as if that doesn’t have anything to do with his ignorant comments… But the hardening of the heart of the Pharaoh means a lot concerning the present matter, just as it did with all the other cases where Pharaoh hardened his heart. Look with me:

“And Moses and Aaron went in to Pharaoh, and did so, as Jehovah had commanded; and Aaron cast down his staff before Pharaoh, and before his bondmen, and it became a serpent. And Pharaoh also called the sages and the sorcerers; and they too, the scribes of Egypt, did so with their enchantments: they cast down every man his staff, and they became serpents; but Aaron’s staff swallowed up their staves. And Pharaoh’s heart was stubborn, and he hearkened not to them, as Jehovah had said.” (Exodus 7:10-13)

When Pharaoh saw that he had the means to come out from the trouble, he hardened his heart without asking Moses to pray for him. But whenever he couldn’t find a way out, he asked to be released, but with a false repentance. Now I go back to our passage in Exodus 9:

“And Pharaoh sent, and behold, there was not one of the cattle of the Israelites dead. But the heart of Pharaoh was hardened, and he did not let the people go.” (Exodus 9:7)

Pharaoh would try to find a deceitful way of reconciliation or would negotiate with Moses if he didn’t have the means to survive this judgment that came on him. This is what he did each time he couldn’t survive. But in the case of the death of the cattle which are in the field, the Pharaoh had the means to survive: The cattle which were not in the field were still there; he still had authority over the cattle of the children of Israel that were spared; he (as a nation) still had enough gold and riches to buy new cattle; he also had the resources of the slave nations… Pharaoh sent and saw what was the matter. He saw that the cattle of the Israelites were spared, but instead of seeing the hand of God, he chose to do his own materialistic calculations… And these calculations certainly showed him that he could survive the catastrophe with his human means, so he hardened his heart, just as the verse says (cf. Exodus 9:7).

This is what happens with the sinner who hardens his heart: he thinks he has the means to survive and to be self-sufficient and to escape God’s judgment. But we all know that he is wrong. The right way is to repent and receive forgiveness instead of judgment.

We continue… We do not quote the next judgment, and we go directly to the judgment that ProfMTH mentioned:

“And Jehovah said to Moses, Rise up early in the morning, and set thyself before Pharaoh, and say to him, Thus saith Jehovah, the God of the Hebrews: Let my people go, that they may serve me. For I will at this time send all my plagues to thy heart, and on thy bondmen, and on thy people; that thou mayest know that there is none like me in all the earth. For now shall I put forth my hand, and I will smite thee and thy people with pestilence; and thou shalt be cut off from the earth. And for this very cause have I raised thee up, to shew thee my power; and that my name may be declared in all the earth. Dost thou still exalt thyself against my people, that thou wilt not let them go? Behold, to-morrow about this time I will cause it to rain a very grievous hail, such as hath not been in Egypt since its foundation until now. And now send, [and] secure thy cattle, and all that thou hast in the field: all the men and the cattle that are found in the field, and are not brought home — on them the hail shall come down, and they shall die. He that feared the word of Jehovah among the bondmen of Pharaoh made his bondmen and his cattle flee into the houses. But he that did not regard the word of Jehovah left his bondmen and his cattle in the field.” (Exodus 9:13-21)

These were not the same cattle that died before, as we have seen above. But as ProfMTH didn’t care about the context, so he thought they were the same, and therefore he embarrassed himself with this video…

Now, if you read the next verses (cf. Exodus 9:22-35) you see how this time Pharaoh showed a false repentance to escape this situation, as he didn’t find the means to survive.

But note how with the judgment the Lord always gives a means of escape or grace. You see how He wanted to give the Egyptians a way to believe Him and spare their cattle. And you see also how many times He gave the Pharaoh another opportunity to repent.

So this poor youtuber found a problem in the place where there was no problem, instead of learning these important truths that we saw together here while studying these passages.

But I also want to make a little comment about ProfMTH’s attack on Exodus 9:15:

“For now shall I put forth my hand, and I will smite thee and thy people with pestilence; and thou shalt be cut off from the earth.” (Exodus 9:15)

Here ProfMTH indirectly says that this didn’t literally happen, as the Egyptians were not cut off from the earth… But once again this guy is ignorant about the Nature of God “who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.” (1 Timothy 2:4) So as Pharaoh asked for forgiveness, then God gave him another chance to repent, as He doesn’t want that a sinner be lost, but that he repent. That’s why this judgment didn’t cut them off.

Do you see why deceivers hate the context of the Bible, and they only quote verses and words out of context?…

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Episode #3: They match?

As a first note, Mark is not the author of the first Gospel account… This was just for precision.

Now the question is: On what day and at what time was Jesus crucified?

Our ignorant youtuber thinks that the answers of Mark and John do not match, as he doesn’t even read them right. Let’s read the answers together:

Mark

“And the first day of unleavened bread, when they slew the passover, his disciples say to him, Where wilt thou that we go and prepare, that thou mayest eat the passover?” (Mark 14:12)

This shows that the first day of unleavened bread had already begun on Thursday night. As I explained above, for the Jews the day began in the night at sunset and ended the next night at sunset. So on the Thursday of the Passover week that year, at sunset, the first day of unleavened bread began, and the Passover lamb had to be slain. So Jesus had the Passover supper with His disciples, and then they went to Gethsemane (cf. Mark 14:32). Then Judas came there with the soldiers, and they took Jesus. The next morning (Friday) happened the crucifixion, after Jesus was presented to Pilate for judgment (cf. Mark 15:1, Mark 15:15).

Now Mark gives us the time of Jesus’ crucifixion:

“And it was the third hour, and they crucified him.” (Mark 15:25)

Mark gives us the exact time of crucifixion: The third hour. But this was the third hour according to which international timing? Was it the third hour GMT?… This deceiver doesn’t want you to know that in those days there was not a common way of timing; there were more than one way of reckoning time. So the third hour doesn’t mean 3am… By the way, do you wonder how he concluded that the third hour means 9am? Maybe he threw that number?… Well, no. This guy knows that the third hour doesn’t mean 3am, and he knows that in those times there was a timing system (the Jewish method of reckoning time) which counted the hours from 6am as 1st hour (i.e. from 6am to 7am), 2nd hour (i.e. from 7am to 8am), 3rd hour (i.e. from 8am to 9am), etc. Jesus already told us that the Jews considered that the light day begins at our 6am and ends at our 6pm (cf. John 11:9), i.e. 12 hours. So when Mark says it was the third hour, this means that the hour from 8am to 9am had passed, i.e. it was almost 9am.

So, according to this explanation, Mark clearly gives us the time of the crucifixion: 9am. As this youtuber assumed this explanation when he said the third hour means 9am, so I will now continue by giving the explanation of those who make the same Jewish/Roman timing distinction of reckoning time to show how this youtuber is in error concerning John’s timing.

Let’s see what John says:

John

Contrary to what this deceiver wanted to make you think, John did NOT tell us at which hour Jesus was crucified. But he does tell us on which day He was crucified. Let’s see what he told us:

“(now it was [the] preparation of the passover; it was about the sixth hour; ) and he says to the Jews, Behold your king!” (John 19:14)

John says it was the preparation of the Passover, and NOT the day before Passover as our deceitful youtuber suggests… I will explain this in details after a few lines. But first note with me the other deception of this guy: he referred to this verse of John, and told you that Jesus was crucified in the afternoon!! Do you see the deception? Does this verse talk about the crucifixion? Not at all! This verse tells us about the time when Pilate unofficially sentences Jesus to be crucified (he said to the Jews “Behold your king!”)! So John was not telling us in this verse about the hour of crucifixion at all! He was telling us about the time when the unofficial sentence of death was given by Pilate! He is not even giving the exact time, but an approximate time: he was saying something like “by the way, all this happened on the preparation of the Passover, about the sixth hour” (notice the parenthesis in the version from which I quoted the verse). And what does this “about the sixth hour” mean? Does it mean 6am GMT? Or 6pm GMT? Which one? None! According to the explanation that we began with Mark’s timing (above), John was using the Roman way of reckoning time, a totally different system of timing from the method of the Jews, and which counted the hours from midnight. So it was Palestine’s 6am (almost, and not exactly) when Pilate began to judge and declared the reason for which Jesus would be crucified. After this came a few hours during which Pilate still tried to avoid crucifying Jesus, then the Roman soldiers mocked Jesus, and prepared the condemned and the crosses, and the condemned had to walk all the way to the place where they would crucify them (cf. Matthew 27:27-31, Mark 15:15-25). So all this would very easily get us to the 9am of Mark when Jesus was crucified.

Where is the contradiction between the answer of Mark and the answer of John concerning the hour of crucifixion? There is none! ProfMTH only wanted to deceive us… So when we use the Jewish/Roman time reckoning argument which this youtuber himself started, we see that this youtuber contradicts himself and is in error.

But in fact there is another more biblical explanation which this youtuber does not know, and maybe he didn’t even care to know. In Matthew 20:1-16 we see how the day was divided to 12 hours, just as we have seen above in John 11:9. These 12 hours were the day (light day), while other 12 hours formed the night. The day (the light day) itself was divided to 4 parts, each formed of 3 hours, and each of those 4 parts took the name of the hour at which it began; in the following way:

Part 1: 6am – 9am: First hour. This was called first hour, because our today’s 7am was called first hour, 6am to 7am being the first hour of the day.
Part 2: 9am – 12pm: Third hour. This was called third hour, because our 9am was called third hour.
Part 3: 12pm – 3pm: Sixth hour. This was called sixth hour, because our 12pm was called sixth hour.
Part 4: 3pm – 6pm: Ninth hour. This was called ninth hour, because our 3pm was called ninth hour.

Thus any hour between 6am and 9am could be commonly called first hour; it could also be called by its exact number (like: “second hour” for 8am). Interestingly, the parable in Matthew 20:1-16 divides the day to 4 parts, and only the last hour is called by its exact number (eleventh hour), most evidently because a last chance for work in the vineyard could not be given at the 12th hour, as the day ended at that hour. All the other hours of the day were divided as follows: third hour, sixth hour, ninth hour.

John says that Pilate sentenced Jesus to be crucified, and that was about the sixth hour, and not exactly the sixth hour. This could be any time between 9am and 12pm, because it was not 12pm (sixth hour) yet. This could be 11am. As I said above, John was not giving the exact time. Now, it’s easy to get to Golgotha in about 1 hour, so after the sentence of death the Lord took His cross and went toward Golgotha and got there about 12pm and was crucified. It was not 12pm yet, i.e. the second part of the day or the third hour (9am – 12pm) had not ended yet. So when they crucified Him it was still the third hour. Thus Mark could simply say that it was the third hour when they crucified Him, because he was not after giving the exact hour of the crucifixion. Mark’s purpose was only to tell us that the sixth hour had not come yet, because later he would say that from the sixth hour until the ninth hour there was darkness over the whole land (to show the solemnity of the Lord’s Atonement). So immediately after they crucified Him, and as the sixth hour came (12pm), there was darkness from the sixth hour to the ninth hour (from 12pm to 3pm), and then Christ died.

Thus, as you see, whether with the argument of the Jewish/Roman reckoning of time which this youtuber used or with the 4 day-parts argument that I explained above, this youtuber is in error and is just trying to deceive people.

Now, we pass to the day of crucifixion. We have seen that Mark says Jesus was crucified on the first day of unleavened bread, when the Passover lamb was slain. And we have also seen above how John also tells us about this Passover supper in John 13-17. Now, what about this expression “the preparation of the passover”? Does it mean “the day before Passover” as the deceitful youtuber suggests? Not at all! This also shows the ignorance of this guy about the historical facts and about what the Bible says. Let’s see together what the Bible says.

First, let’s make sure we understand that the Greek text does NOT say that it was the day of preparation for the Passover as some translations render it. There is no such thing in the Bible. The Greek text literally says:

“(now it was [the] preparation of the passover; it was about the sixth hour; ) and he says to the Jews, Behold your king!” (John 19:14)

This was a literal translation. In the Greek it is “preparation OF the Passover”.

This day of preparation is Friday:

“There therefore, on account of the preparation of the Jews, because the tomb was near, they laid Jesus.” (John 19:42)

They couldn’t leave Him on the cross, as the next day was the Sabbath:

“The Jews therefore, that the bodies might not remain on the cross on the sabbath, for it was [the] preparation, (for the day of that sabbath was a great [day],) demanded of Pilate that their legs might be broken and they taken away.” (John 19:31)

So the day of preparation is the day that comes before the Sabbath, as John explains. On the Sabbath, Jews could not do any work, so the bodies must have been taken down from the cross on Friday before it was night, i.e. before sunset when the Sabbath would already begin as we explained above (as for the Jews a day began at sunset). This is more clearly explained by Mark who wrote: “When evening had already come, because it was the preparation day, that is, the day before the Sabbath (Mark 15:42). Luke also says: “It was the preparation day, and the Sabbath was about to begin.” (Luke 23:54)

Now, why is that Friday called the preparation of the Passover? For the simple fact that when the Passover came in the middle of the week, the Jews would also have a great Sabbath of the Passover on the next Sabbath. And John says: that sabbath was a great [day].

So Jesus was crucified the day of Passover (which began on the night of Thursday and finished on the night of Friday), and His body was not left on the cross on that night, because the next day was the great Sabbath.

So where is the imaginary error here?? Where is the contradiction? Both Mark and John fully agree that Jesus was crucified on Friday, after having the Passover supper on Thursday night. Do you see the deception of ProfMTH?…

Some critics stumble on the following verse of John:

“They lead therefore Jesus from Caiaphas to the praetorium; and it was early morn. And they entered not into the praetorium, that they might not be defiled, but eat the passover.” (John 18:28)

The Jewish leaders came to present Jesus to Pilate, but they didn’t enter into the praetorium so that they might not be defiled, but eat the Passover. What a hypocrisy: they think killing the Righteous Jesus would not defile them, but entering the praetorium would… Anyways, the problem is: these people think about eating the Passover, when we have seen that the Passover lamb was already slain and eaten the night before. So ignorant critics who don’t want to search the Bible for answers stumble on this and they think that there is a contradiction here. What they need to understand is what this “Passover” is that those leaders would eat… Let’s see together:

“And in the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month, is the passover to Jehovah.
And on the fifteenth day of this month is the feast; seven days shall unleavened bread be eaten.
On the first day shall be a holy convocation: no manner of servile work shall ye do;
and ye shall present an offering by fire, a burnt-offering to Jehovah: two young bullocks, and one ram, and seven yearling lambs; they shall be unto you without blemish;
and their oblation shall be of fine flour mingled with oil: three tenth parts shall ye offer for a bullock, and two tenth parts for the ram;
one tenth part shalt thou offer for each lamb, of the seven lambs;
and a he-goat as a sin-offering, to make atonement for you.
Besides the burnt-offering of the morning, which is for a continual burnt-offering, shall ye offer this.
After this manner ye shall offer daily, seven days, the bread of the offering by fire of a sweet odour to Jehovah; it shall be offered besides the continual burnt-offering, and its drink-offering.
And on the seventh day ye shall have a holy convocation; no manner of servile work shall ye do.”
(Numbers 28:16-25)

So the Passover lamb was eaten on the fourteenth day of the month which came on Thursday night that year (when for the Jews the Friday already began). Then the next day, the Sabbath day, was the fifteenth day about which this passage from Numbers 28 talks. It was the feast. Besides being the Sabbath of the Passover, it was also the fifteenth day of that month, so John truly calls it a great day! So after the lamb of Passover was sacrificed on the 14th of that month, the Jews would also eat the Passover sacrifices that are described in the above passage on the 15th of that month and for seven days, and after that they would have a holy convocation. So those Jewish leaders were not about to eat the Passover lamb on the fifteenth of that month, but the Passover sacrifices! Did the critics of the Bible forget that fifteenth day and all those Passover sacrifices described in Numbers 28?… I guess they didn’t forget, as they didn’t know about them… They were just careless and didn’t study the Bible well… They read the Bible only to find errors in it, so they miss the point and walk in darkness…

Now, while showing us his big ignorance about all these facts, this deceitful youtuber tells us as a “by the way” that the genealogies of Matthew 1 and Luke 3 do not match. You see his hypocrisy: he wants to make it look as if the Bible is full of errors, and yet without giving any real argument; he just deceives with half-truths. We all know that Matthew 1 gives us the genealogy of Jesus from the side of Joseph, while Luke 3 gives us the genealogy of Jesus from the side of His mother Mary. This doesn’t even need a detailed explanation. But this deceiver could not be as honest as to admit that this is a false accusation against the Bible. After all, his purpose is to mock… So he doesn’t want to learn that those two genealogies indeed do not match, as they are not the same genealogy. The virgin birth is a very essential truth that critics miss.

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Episode #4: Up, up, and away! Or not.

In this video, let’s first stop at the “Fun ‘fact'” of this corrupted person about 1 Kings 17:17-23: you notice how vulgar are his comments… This is an evidence that a man without God goes deep in lawlessness, from a sin to another which is worse, and he is the slave of his sins. As this guy has a mind corrupted by sin, so while reading that passage from 1 Kings he remembers the last pornographic film he watched! While the text doesn’t contain any such thing. I guess when this guy watches a Red Cross group trying to save a life, he will be thinking about the last defiled scene he watched!! He talks about perversion, and he doesn’t want to admit that he is a pervert…

Once again, this is a dishonest way to give the impression that the Bible is a bad book… He doesn’t have real arguments.

Now, let’s go to the main topic of this video…

“And it came to pass as they went on, and talked, that behold, a chariot of fire and horses of fire; and they parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into the heavens.” (2 Kings 2:11)

Now, this youtuber suggests that this verse is contradicted by John 3:13 where Jesus says:

“And no one has gone up into heaven, save he who came down out of heaven, the Son of man who is in heaven.” (John 3:13)

Does this really contradict the fact that Elijah went up into the heavens, or we are once again before an ignorant criticism from a person who refuses to study the Word of God? Let’s see…

Our Lord said: “And no one has gone up into heaven, save he who came down out of heaven, the Son of man who is in heaven.” (John 3:13)

Now the subtle attack here is on literalism as usual: this ProfMTH suggests that Jesus didn’t really mean “no one” when He said “no one” in this verse… But the fact is that Jesus REALLY meant no one. But the topic of Jesus is NOT what happened to Elijah… Jesus was not telling Nicodemus about going to Heaven as a sign (as it happened to Elijah), but about Salvation and how to be born of God. “No one” is NO ONE, because no one can by himself ascend to Heaven and no one can be the final and full revelation of who God is as Jesus is. We will see how the context explains this in details. Actually, that is what the Lord Jesus was saying in this passage, i.e. that no one can go to Heaven without being in Him, as He is the only full and final revelation about who God is. Jesus Christ is like Noah’s Ark: Just as no one could be saved from the Flood unless he was in the Ark, in the same way no one can be saved from the Judgment to come and go to Heaven unless he is in Christ by faith. So once again, we have an expression (“no one”) used in a context, but ProfMTH refuses to consider the context. He doesn’t even notice that this verse (John 3:13) begins with “and”. This means that Jesus didn’t suddenly change His subject and begin to talk about another subject related to who went to Heaven and who didn’t. Let’s see what the subject was:

“But there was a man from among the Pharisees, his name Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews; he came to him by night, and said to him, Rabbi, we know that thou art come a teacher from God, for none can do these signs that thou doest unless God be with him.” (John 3:1-2)

So this is a Pharisee teacher and ruler who came to Jesus and acknowledged that God is with Him… And yet, it is not enough to admit that God is with Jesus. Look what Jesus told him:

“Jesus answered and said to him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except any one be born anew he cannot see the kingdom of God.” (John 3:3)

So Jesus told him about the very important truth of the new birth. If you are not born again, you cannot see the Kingdom of God. So the topic is now about the new birth. We continue reading:

“Nicodemus says to him, How can a man be born being old? can he enter a second time into the womb of his mother and be born? Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except any one be born of water and of Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not wonder that I said to thee, It is needful that ye should be born anew. The wind blows where it will, and thou hearest its voice, but knowest not whence it comes and where it goes: thus is every one that is born of the Spirit.” (John 3:4-8)

What’s the matter now? Evidently, the matter is that Nicodemus is not getting what the new birth is, and Jesus is explaining to him. And even with this explanation, Nicodemus is still not getting it:

“Nicodemus answered and said to him, How can these things be? Jesus answered and said to him, Thou art the teacher of Israel and knowest not these things! Verily, verily, I say unto thee, We speak that which we know, and we bear witness of that which we have seen, and ye receive not our witness. If I have said the earthly things to you, and ye believe not, how, if I say the heavenly things to you, will ye believe?” (John 3:9-12)

Jesus shows to Nicodemus how head-knowledge does not help when it comes to the things of Heaven. A divine revelation is needed. Now, all those who have God with them (as you remember, Nicodemus admitted that God is with Jesus…) witness for the truth, and the unbelievers refuse their testimony. Then Jesus makes it clear for Nicodemus that the reason of his misunderstanding is not ignorance, but unbelief. Man cannot even receive the earthly things, then how can he conclude the heavenly things with his human wisdom? So a revelation from God is needed. And the final and fullest revelation of God didn’t come in all the prophets of the Old Testament who witnessed for the truth, but in the Son (cf. John 1:18, Hebrews 1:1-3). So Jesus explains to Nicodemus WHY it is HE (i.e. Christ) who is the fullest revelation of God in the verse that we are studying:

“And no one has gone up into heaven, save he who came down out of heaven, the Son of man who is in heaven.” (John 3:13)

Then He goes on to explain how this new birth is by faith in the Son sent by the Father, and not by human wisdom or human powers, as all those who do evil cannot come to the light (cf. John 3:14-21).

So John 3:13 continues the idea that no one can conclude the heavenly truths by his human mind, and thus we all need a revelation from God; and the final and fullest revelation of God came in the Son. Why? Because no one ascended to Heaven, to the closest relationship with the Father (“the bosom of the Father” as John 1:18 says) other than the Son who is God. In other terms, if the Son were not God Himself who IS in Heaven at the same moment He was talking with Nicodemus (“the Son of man who is in heaven” as John 3:13 says) then He wouldn’t be able to bring that final and fullest revelation about who God is. This final and fullest revelation that came from the bosom of the Father was already explained in John 1:18 (and also in Hebrews 1:1-3 and other similar passages), but ProfMTH didn’t have the time to read those passages… Any other human who wanted to have this fullest revelation would need to be first able to reach the Holy of Holies in Heaven without Christ (which is impossible — cf. Hebrews 9:12), and then to go there and come down to earth in a continuous manner in order to have the full revelation from God all the time… You notice that this is really impossible, unless one is continuously in Heaven with the Father at the same moment He is on earth. And that’s what Jesus said about Himself: “the Son of man who is in heaven.” (John 3:13) So as Jesus is the Omnipresent God in flesh, so He could give Nicodemus the fullest revelation about the Father and He thus is the only Way to the Father (cf. John 14:6). You notice the consistency of John in all of his Gospel. If Jesus was just a great man with whom God is (as Nicodemus thought), then He would not be able to save us, as He wouldn’t be able to enter the Holy of Holies. Jesus wanted Nicodemus to understand that He is God in flesh.

Now, can ProfMTH answer us: Did Elijah come back from Heaven to bring to us a revelation from God? Did he then continue to go up and down all the time and to be in both places at the same time?

Even a kid would notice that the answer is no. Elijah couldn’t even enter the Holy of Holies in Heaven without Christ (cf. John 3:3, John 14:6, Hebrews 11:39-40, etc…), how much less could he be continuously in the bosom of the Father and on earth at the same moment to bring the fullest revelation about God! The Bible is clear that NO ONE has ever seen God, and that only the Son can reveal Him for the reasons that we explained above:

“No one has seen God at any time; the only-begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared [him].” (John 1:18)

So how could the truth that Jesus revealed to Nicodemus contradict the fact that Elijah went to Heaven by faith in Christ (cf. Hebrews 11)??

As the Bible explains itself, so look how it gives us the above explanation about what this ascending to Heaven really means:

But the righteousness of faith speaks thus: Do not say in thine heart, Who shall ascend to the heavens? that is, to bring Christ down; or, Who shall descend into the abyss? that is, to bring up Christ from among [the] dead. ( Romans 10:6-7 )

So actually the words of Jesus are about the righteousness based on faith. Jesus says that no one can ascend to Heaven by his own works or his own righteousness, so all humans (including Elijah) need Jesus Christ who ALONE came down from Heaven. Elijah didn’t come down from Heaven. And actually THAT is the meaning in the context of the passage from which ProfMTH quoted John 3:13. But, bad to say, ProfMTH didn’t wish to tell you about the context, because, contrary to what he claims, he likes to lie…

Note that Elijah didn’t ascend to Heaven to bring Christ down…

So this righteousness of faith makes us ascend to Heaven IN CHRIST who ALONE ascended into Heaven:

“and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus (Ephesians 2:6)

So, as you can see, NO ONE can ascend to Heaven by himself or by his good works. Only those who are in Christ Jesus by faith and have the righteousness of faith can ascend into Heaven and be in the heavenly places IN CHRIST JESUS, and not in themselves. This is what Jesus says in the context of John 3:13.

Now, what is the place of Elijah’s ascending into the heavens in relation with John 3:13? Well, that’s not exactly the same thing about which Jesus was talking in John 3. In John 3 Jesus was telling us how no one could ascend to Heaven without faith in Him, as He is the Way and the Truth and the Life (cf. John 14:6). He is the fullest revelation about the Father (cf. John 1:18, Hebrews 1:1-3, Matthew 11:27). He is the only one who could go up to Heaven by His own authority and merit and be there all the time, even when He was on earth! While Elijah went up into the heavens by faith in this coming Christ, just as we have seen above; he didn’t go up to Heaven to bring Christ down… he didn’t even come back to bring any revelation. All go to Heaven through Jesus, and through Him alone.

Once again, this literal “no one” bothers people like ProfMTH, as this means that they cannot be saved without Christ who is the Lord of lords and should be the only King and Master of their lives.

Once again, we wait to see where the contradiction is…

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The video about the questions for biblical “inerrantists and literalists”

This guy really thinks that he is the genius unbeliever who will be able to oppose God and defeat Him… This is pride, as you know… He thinks he is discovering some new things, while many critics of the Bible have already attacked the Word of God with these ignorant arguments and have been embarrassed when they received the strong biblical answers as it was the case with ProfMTH in this article… All what ProfMTH adds to the previous critics is his hateful skills in making mocking videos about those defeated arguments that do not impress those who really love the truth and do not help those defeated arguments to have any power.

After we have seen these strong biblical replies to this ignorant, I wish if he could show me the “discrepancies” about which he is talking in this last video… I rather challenge him to show me one discrepancy! He will embarrass himself again and again as he tries to oppose the Wisdom of God.

This guy pejoratively considers the Christians “inerrantists and literalists”… I wish to see how a man can be a true Christian without believing that God’s Word is inerrant and literally right. I wish to see how Jesus was wrong, as He taught that the Bible is inerrant and literally right. And this guy quotes a lost person like him saying that this true Christianity “probably cannot survive the reality of discrepancies”… While this guy talks “probably”, I wish to tell him what is SURE: that there are no discrepancies in the Bible. And I challenge him to show me one discrepancy. We don’t believe in an impotent god. We don’t believe in a god who makes mistakes. The true God is the Creator Omnipotent God who is the Author of the inerrant and infallible Bible.

I have already explained the details about Bible inerrancy and literalism at the beginning of this article, so I will not go there again. ProfMTH talks about a “selective” literalism, as he doesn’t understand what we mean by “literal”. Well, he can read our explanation above.

And once again, in a subtle way, this guy shows passages about sexual scandals and troubles in the visible Church, and wants to give the impression that this is the true Church of Christ. The poor guy still doesn’t know what the Church of Christ is.

So he quotes a Luke Timothy Johnson saying: “Christianity as actually practiced has never lived in precise accord with the Scriptures.” This shows the ignorance of the critics about what true Christianity is. True Christianity never claims to be able to live in precise accord with the Scripture. The Church is the assembly of all those who admitted that they are lost and cannot meet the high standard of God’s holiness by themselves and thus need the Savior. There is no perfect church, but there is one perfect Lord of the Church. As the Bible is perfect, so no mere human can meet its high standards.

And ProfMTH says he once was a believer… I wish to see a proof of that… Dear ProfMTH, you really don’t impress us by this claim. Judas Iscariot made this claim before you, and we saw what he finally did… And we also saw how Jesus knew from the beginning that Judas was not a true believer, and many other disciples like him (cf. John 6:64). A true believer is not someone who tried to prove his self-righteousness by going to church, but he is someone who admitted he is a lost sinner and came to Christ for forgiveness and Salvation and sanctification. Have you ever realized you’re a lost sinner who doesn’t have and never had the mind of Christ?

You notice how this ProfMTH boasts of having given some strong arguments, while he cannot answer any of our answers and questions. If our answers are convincing, then why does he still repeat the same old defeated arguments again and again? And if our answers are not convincing, then let him show us where are the errors. I challenge him. Can he reply to our answers? Can he answer our arguments? Can he give us answers to the questions that we asked him? I am sure he can’t, as we have the Lord God with us, and he has his human corrupted mind with him…

He is happy with the example of non-biblical Christians who replied to him and who do not respect the Word of God, as he can’t respond to us who embarrass him and challenge his attacks with our strong biblical answers. He is pleased with examples of compromising Christians who practically try to harm the way of the Lord the same way he does. Let him show us ONE real answer to one of the biblical arguments. He just can’t.

He is happy with the false theology of so-called Christians who oppose the Word of God. He says they have a more thoughtful approach to the Bible… Actually, this is their problem: They use their human fallen wisdom to understand the Word of God, while God says that they need His Wisdom:

“For the word of the cross is to them that perish foolishness, but to us that are saved it is God’s power. For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and set aside the understanding of the understanding ones. Where [is the] wise? where scribe? where disputer of this world? has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since, in the wisdom of God, the world by wisdom has not known God, God has been pleased by the foolishness of the preaching to save those that believe. Since Jews indeed ask for signs, and Greeks seek wisdom; but we preach Christ crucified, to Jews an offence, and to nations foolishness; but to those that [are] called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ God’s power and God’s wisdom. Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.” (1 Corinthians 1:18-25)

So as those so-called Christians disagree with God and with Christ, then how are they real Christians? And what is their authority? They can’t interpret the Bible. Only God can interpret His Word. Those false Christians come to a text of the Bible and they become “thoughtful”… While God teaches us to come to His Word and be humble and listen to HIS interpretation of His Word. Read our article addressed primarily to Mormons and entitled Mormons confess that they are “open minded” in the interpretation of the Word of God. Those false Christians with whom ProfMTH is pleased do like those Mormons.

You see how this unbeliever agrees with those who claim to believe and yet oppose the Word of God… This says much about them…

ProfMTH replies to a certain CreationistsWon (another youtuber) who attacks him and whose replies I have not read/watched. But it is clear how ProfMTH enjoys replying to non-biblical or inexact replies, and to avoid answering the biblical arguments, as we are sure he won’t be able to answer our arguments.

I have already written above about the Passover supper, the day and hour of crucifixion, and the preparation of the Passover, so I will not go back there.

And here ProfMTH reaches the essential goal of his false arguments: To deny the Creator God and to defend the anti-science theories about our origin, as those theories help him justify his rebellion against his Creator. But once again, he embarrasses himself. We have already seen the strong evidence of science and logic about the Creator God in our article What is the evidence for God’s existence? We have also seen that the Bible has proven itself to be literally right and inerrant, so the account of Genesis about the creation is 100% accurate. The creation account is found in a historical passage of the Bible (Genesis 1-2), and not in a poetic account, so it describes actual events. All the scientific evidence shows that the biblical account is right, so ProfMTH needs to justify his hatred toward real science, just as his anti-science evolutionist friends need to do. To oppose the Word of God, ProfMTH is obliged to oppose real science and logic! And we have seen how Jesus said that the creation and Adam and Eve are all real historical facts! If those teachers that ProfMTH quotes do not agree with Christ, then how are they Christians?… Does anyone who claims to be a follower of Christ automatically become a real follower just because he claimed that? Does ProfMTH buy a piece of iron thinking it’s gold just because a deceiver told him it’s gold? Let him answer us…

One of those opponents of God’s Word says that during the first three days of creation there was no sun, so the days could not be actual 24-hour-days… This is real ignorance about real science… The three days without the sun do not contradict the fact of 24-hour-days, as the days are counted according to the rotation of the earth on its axis relatively to a source of light. And we know that the light was already created before the sun was created (cf. Genesis 1:3 and Genesis 1:14-19)… If any anti-science atheist has any real scientific argument against creation, then let him show it to us already… Till now, no one could.

As for the claims of those false-Christians that Genesis 1 and 2 are separate accounts of the same story and that they contradict each other in some points, I will advise everyone to read our article Do Genesis 1 and Genesis 2 contradict each other?

In brief, ProfMTH only presented to us some old defeated arguments in the form of videos, but he couldn’t give those arguments any power, as the Bible proved him very wrong and errant.

After all this nonsense, ProfMTH thinks he now has the right to ask us some questions that, as you will notice, have been already answered many times during our replies… Let’s see his questions together:

1. Why are you so deeply vexed by the fact that your scriptures contain errors, contradictions, and discrepancies, to the point that you will embrace claims not supported by the Bible rather than acknowledge its flaws?

Answer: We are not vexed. We are very at ease and know that God’s Word can defend itself as it is a living Word, as we have seen in this article. This article has embarrassed you a lot, as we all can see. But we are sad for the people who are misled by your deceptions, as you give a wrong image about God. A wrong image about who God is cannot save anyone, but leads people to eternal damnation. The real God does not make errors and His Word, the Bible, is very pure and inerrant. If you don’t trust what God exactly says, then you can’t be saved. That’s the reason, dear friend.

2. What do you make of your fellow Christians who reject biblical inerrancy and literalism?

We call them to repentance, and we remind them of what Jesus said:

“So Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, “If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine;
and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.””
(John 8:31-32)

So we call them to believe what God says, and not to follow their own fallen human wisdom. Only then will they truly be Christians, and not just so-called Christians.

ProfMTH thought he was asking some questions that no one can answer… That’s because he’s ignorant, and he’s proud to be so…

He asks us to help him see… If he’s not hypocrite, then he will accept the answers that God gives him in the Bible, as we have seen, or he will ask more questions to understand more.

Grace be with you!
Disciple of Jesus Christ

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