Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | August 5, 2020

God’s Agony

(3 Minute Read plus video. 05Aug2020)

Stars of the Small Magellanic Cloud
One of the Milky Way’s closest galaxies

What do you think caused God the most trouble?

What was the hardest thing for Him to do? Many suggestions have been proposed.

Some look at the intricacy of a single living cell, and marvel at its complexity. Genetic programming is still only partially understood. How could one ever think up the astounding DNA code?

Some look at the huge diversity of plant and animal life and muse, “How could anyone conceive of all that variety?”

Some look at all the amazing organs of the human body and marvel at how well they work together. How difficult it must have been to make a seeing eye, a hearing ear, a smelling nose, or a thinking mind!

Some look at the vastness of outer space with the uncountably large number of stars. Our own Milky Way galaxy contains over 100 billion (100,000,000,000) stars, and there are well over 100 billion galaxies in the observable universe. Some imagine that His work of creating all the stars was His hardest job ever.

Were the stars the Great Creator‘s hardest job? I don’t think so. That was all done on Day 4 of Creation Week. The creation of the entire starry host is only briefly mentioned as an aside,
He made the stars also,
in the midst of describing the creation of the sun and moon. (Genesis 1:14-19)

According to the Psalmist, making the starry host was no trouble for the Great Creator. He simply spoke them into existence.
By the word of the Lord the heavens were made,
And by the breath of His mouth all their host.
For He spoke, and it was done;
He commanded, and it stood fast.
(Psalm 33:6,9)

The Psalmist’s response to this work of the Great Creator should also be our response:
Let all the earth fear the Lord;
Let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him.
(Psalm 33:8)

But was this the Great Creator‘s most difficult task?
I don’t think so.

God’s Trouble

So what caused the Great Creator the most trouble?

In my opinion, it was Adam’s sin. That caused the Great Creator the most trouble, and His work of salvation was His most demanding, costliest job.

That sin continued in men’s hearts in the generations after Adam’s initial rebellion, increasing until it culminated in an utterly wicked world in Noah’s day. The affront to the Great Creator is vividly described in Genesis:
Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. The Lord was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart. (Genesis 6:5-6)

God engineered deliverance for the human race through Noah’s obedient, faith-filled construction and occupation of the Ark, foreshadowing the eventual permanent rescue through Jesus Christ.

Redemption cost the Great Creator, Jesus of Nazareth, a life of trouble and a horrible death. It cost him blood, sweat, and tears to redeem sinful man. Luke’s report of his agony in the Garden of Gethsemane shortly before His arrest conveys some of His anguish over the work of redemption. He even needed an angel to strengthen Him for the coming ordeal.
And He withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, and He knelt down and began to pray, saying, “Father, if You are willing, remove this cup from Me; yet not My will, but Yours be done.” Now an angel from heaven appeared to Him, strengthening Him. And being in agony He was praying very fervently; and His sweat became like drops of blood, falling down upon the ground. (Luke 22:41-44)

Jesus in Gethsemane


 
Here’s a short (2:36) video rendition of the hymn Go to Dark Gethsemane with the lyrics following:


 
Go to dark Gethsemane, ye that feel the tempter’s power;
Your Redeemer’s conflict see, watch with Him one bitter hour,
Turn not from His griefs away; learn of Jesus Christ to pray.

Follow to the judgment hall; view the Lord of life arraigned;
O the wormwood and the gall! O the pangs His soul sustained!
Shun not suffering, shame, or loss; learn of Him to bear the cross.

Calvary’s mournful mountain climb; there, adoring at His feet,
Mark that miracle of time, God’s own sacrifice complete.
“It is finished!” hear the cry; learn of Jesus Christ to die.

Early hasten to the tomb where they laid His breathless clay;
All is solitude and gloom. Who hath taken Him away?
Christ is risen! He meets our eyes; Savior, teach us so to rise.

So what was the Great Creator‘s most difficult job? It was this:
While we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8) so that redeemed men and women could shine like the stars forever and ever. (Daniel 12:3)

Questions to Ponder

1. Do you, like the Psalmist, fear the Great Creator? Do you stand in awe of Him?
(Psalm 33:8)
2. How do you express appreciation for His work of redemption?

Share your thoughts on these questions in the comments below. It could encourage or help another reader.

For Christ and His Kingdom. Soli Deo Gloria. Alere Flammam Veritatis.

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Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | July 29, 2020

Kepler Ponders Senescence

(5 Minute Read. 29Jul2020)

Kepler ponders his senior years

Woof! Woof!
This is Kepler, Master’s Jack Russell terrier, writing another article for Master’s Bible-Science Guy Blog.

Recently as I have been growing older, I have been contemplating how I will spend my “golden years” with Master and Missus.

Will they outlive me or will I outlive them?

If they outlive me, who will guard their campsites? Who will control the rodents in their backyard? What will they do with my water guns?

If I outlive them, who will feed me? Nowadays Master gives me delicious meals every day — not quite as much as I would like, but enough to keep me nourished and energized at a healthy weight.

I need to plan for what to do if I live longer than Master and Missus. I saw what happened with my late buddy Henry when he outlived care-taking by Master’s aunt. He was going to be sent to a short-term shelter if Master had not adopted him. I shuddered when Master explained what “short-term” meant. I do not want that to happen to me!

I asked Master why everyone eventually dies. Why do bodies wear out and die? Why can’t we just keep on living?

Master said the curse of death came because of his mega-great-grandfather Adam’s sin in the Garden of Eden 6,000 years ago. Death began when Adam ate the God-forbidden fruit from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. Death entered through Adam’s sin and spread throughout creation.
And to Adam God said, “Because you have listened to the voice of your wife and have eaten of the tree of which I commanded you, ‘You shall not eat of it,’ cursed is the ground because of you; in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life; thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you; and you shall eat the plants of the field. By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” (Genesis 3:17-19 ESV)
Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned. (Romans 5:12)
For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now.
(Romans 8:20-22)

I was so glad to learn that Adam’s dog did not have anything to do with causing the curse of death. People have asked me what kind of dog Adam had in Eden. I am not certain of the answer, but I’m pretty sure it was a type of Jack Russell terrier — because Jack Russells are the best dogs, and Adam would have had the best dog in Eden.

Master said there’s no getting around death, for him and for Missus and for me. No matter how hard we try to stay healthy through diet and exercise, we will eventually die unless the Savior returns first.
It is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment.
(Hebrews 9:27)

Lifespan Comparison

Part of my analysis and planning for the possibility of outliving Master requires an accurate estimate of my lifespan compared with that of my humans.

There’s an old and simple formula for converting dog years to human years. To convert dog years to human years, multiply dog years by seven. That is, if a dog is 5 years old, he’s comparable in life span to a 7 x 5 = 35-year-old human.

But this simple formula has obvious deficiencies. For example, a 9-month-old dog can have puppies. But a human aged 7 x 3/4 years = 5 1/4 years can’t yet bear children.

Master told me about a recent peer-reviewed article, Quantitative Translation of Dog-to-Human Aging by Conserved Remodeling of the DNA Methylome, in the journal Cell Systems. That article proposed a more complex conversion formula.

Based on a research study of over 100 Labrador Retrievers spanning a 16-year age range, scientists at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine proposed this formula for comparing dog ages with human ages:
Human Years = 16 x ln(Dog Years) + 31
where “ln” is the natural logarithm function.

The researchers used a method to determine the age of cells using chemical marks in DNA (methylation marks) that change with age. They based their formula on the results obtained from Labradors.

I was born in March 2014, so my current dog age is 6.33 years. According to this new logarithm formula, I’m comparable to a 60-year old human.

But I have seen many 60-year-old humans hobbling around at campgrounds, and I am far more spry than all of them. So based on my own anecdotal experience, I question the validity of this new formula. Using the old 7-year formula, my human year age is 44. While more reasonable, this still seems a little old to me.

Master as well critiqued the new logarithm formula. Since it was developed through research with Labrador Retrievers, he said it may not apply to dogs with different life spans. The average life span for a Labrador Retriever is about 12 years, but the average life span for a Jack Russell terrier is about 16 years.

Assuming the logarithm formula is correct for Labs, it should be adjusted for Jack Russell terriers by the ratio of 12/16 = 3/4:
Human Years = (3/4) x (16 x ln(Dog Years) + 31)
where “ln” is the natural logarithm function.

Using this adjusted logarithm formula, my current human-year-age would be 45 which in my opinion is much more reasonable than 60. Anyway, I trust Master’s math much more than the people who wrote the journal article.

Secondly, Master questioned using the natural log function for the entire range of a dog’s life. He said that dogs mature rapidly when young as evidenced by their ability to reproduce at 9 months of age. They age gradually during their middle years, but often they decline rapidly near the end. For example, my buddy Henry was spry, athletic, and active until his last week or so when he rapidly declined and died. Thus the natural logarithm function works well for young and middle-aged dogs but not for the end of life.

Master suggested that a better function to use might be a tangent function or a hyperbolic sine function, sinh(x) = [e^{x} – e^{-x}] / 2. These functions have steep increases at the extremes and a more gradual increase in the middle. Functions of the form
A tan(Bx + C) + D
or
A sinh(Bx + C) + D
where the constants A, B, C, D are empirically determined through methylation studies might be better dog-to-human lifespan conversion models. Different dog breeds with different lifespans would have different sets of constants.

I’m running for President in 2020

I am not a mathematician like Master. So I still have no idea whether I’ll have to say goodbye to Master and Missus, or if they’ll have to say goodbye to me. I guess I should listen to Missus. She says all the time, “Don’t worry. It’s in God’s hands.”

As many of Master’s readers know, I am running for President this year. Regardless of which of the age conversion formulas is used, I’m certainly old enough in human years to be President since the Constitution specifies the President must be at least 35 in human years. (See Kepler for President for my campaign announcement and for links to posts outlining my positions on the issues.)

So that’s how things look from my Dog House!

Till next time, this is Kepler signing off. Woof! Woof!

Question Mark Cufflinks

Questions to Ponder

1. Do you know a better formula for comparing a dog’s lifespan with a human’s lifespan?
2. What perplexing concern do you need to release into God’s wise and loving hands?

Share your thoughts on these questions in the comments below. It could encourage or help another reader.

For Christ and His Kingdom. Soli Deo Gloria. Alere Flammam Veritatis.

This is the 43rd article in a series of blog posts on a precocious Jack Russell terrier named Kepler. Numbers 1-8 are by Kepler’s master, the BibleScienceGuy. Numbers 9-43 are by Kepler himself.
Read the prequels:
1. Why I Named Our Puppy “Kepler”
2. Kepler’s Kind
3. Kepler’s Lopsided Trade
4. Kepler’s Amazing Nose
5. Kepler’s Business Card
6. Kepler & the Psycho Squirrel
(with video)
7. Taunting Kepler
8. Adam and Puppies

The following prequels are by Kepler:
9. Who Taught Kepler?
10. Kepler Gets a Buddy
(with video)
11. Kepler Chases a Squirrel (with video)
12. Kepler’s Complaint
13. Kepler’s To-Do List
14. Kepler and the Football Weekend
15. Kepler’s Favorite Store
16. Kepler at a Truck Stop
17. Kepler & Henry Catch a Squirrel
18. Kepler Finds Killdeer Eggs
19. Kepler Finds Robin Eggs
20. Kepler Lives to Tell the Tale
21. Kepler, Bears, & Raccoons
22. Kepler Mentors Henry
23. Kepler Gets a Bear
24. Kepler Finds Strange Eggs
25. Kepler Finds Duck Eggs
26. Kepler Gives Thanks
27. Kepler’s Newest Enemy
28. Kepler Loves Bulldogs
29. Kepler Ponders Snow
30. Kepler Wants to Move to Australia
31. Kepler’s Dating Profile
32. Kepler Meets Skunk
33. Kepler Wants to Be Good
34. Kepler on Guard
35. Kepler Chews On Grammar
36. Kepler for President
37. Kepler for President: Grins & Growls #1
38. Kepler for President: Grins & Growls #2
39. Kepler’s Water Guns
40. Kepler Remembers Henry
(with video)
41. Kepler Gives a Virus Briefing
42. Kepler’s Campaign Advice

Read the sequel:
44. Kepler ??? coming soon . . .

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Wednesday July 29, 2020 A.D.

But now ask the beasts, and let them teach you;
And the birds of the heavens, and let them tell you.
Or speak to the earth, and let it teach you;
And let the fish of the sea declare to you.
Who among all these does not know
That the hand of the LORD has done this,
In whose hand is the life of every living thing,
And the breath of all mankind?
(Job 12:7-10)

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Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | July 22, 2020

J. I. Packer: A Remembrance

(3 Minute Read plus videos)

James I. Packer

James I. Packer (1926–2020) was one of my favorite authors and speakers. He was a clear, logical thinker and master communicator.

J. I. Packer excelled at teaching Biblical Christianity through both the written and spoken word. I was privileged to hear him speak at conferences many times. Always I was enlightened, intrigued, and challenged by his keen insights from Scripture. He was one of my heroes.

Packer described himself as one who “teaches the truths that Christians live by, and also teaches how to live by those truths.”

Packer’s succinct summary of the gospel was “God saves sinners.”

He died this past Friday, July 17, at age 93, five days short of his 94th birthday.

I especially appreciated and was particularly influenced by these three of Packer’s many books:

1. Fundamentalism and the Word of God (1958) was a cogent defense of the authority and inerrancy of the Bible. He believed and argued that the words of the Bible are the very words of God. This was Packer’s first book, and the issue became a life-long passion for him. This passion culminated in serving as the general editor for the English Standard Version (2001). He regarded this project as the greatest achievement of his life.

In a 2008 interview by World Magazine founder Joel Belz, Packer repeated the message of his first book:
“…draw your truth and conclusions and wisdom from Scripture, and allow Scripture to pass judgment on your attempts to express what Scripture is saying. The Bible has the first word; the Bible has the last word.”

2. Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God (1961) argued that the sovereignty of God is the only reason for evangelism and the only hope for success in evangelism. This was the first of Packer’s books that I read.

3. Knowing God (1973) is his best-known book, selling over 1.5 million copies. It has become an international classic, having been translated into over a dozen languages. For me it opened up the character of God in a most worshipful way. Back in the 1980s I used this book to teach adult Sunday School classes on the nature and character of God. Packer wrote, “The conviction behind the book is that ignorance of God lies at the root of much of the church’s weakness today.” This book came in fifth in Christianity Today‘s 2006 survey to determine the Top 50 books That Have Shaped Evangelicals.

These are my three favorite books out of the long list of books Packer authored.

In the 2008 Belz interview, Packer summarized the doctrinal basis of Biblical faith:

“You have first of all the authority of Scripture affirmed. Secondly, the triunity of God affirmed. Third, the fallenness of the man who was created in the image of God affirmed. Fourth, the incarnation affirmed. Fifth, the atonement affirmed. Sixth, the new birth by the Spirit through faith affirmed. Seventh, justification through faith affirmed. I believe that theologically, in light of John 3, the new birth is a work of God the Spirit out of which faith comes, rather than saying with the Arminians that faith comes, and through faith the new birth takes place. In other words, the primacy of regeneration by the Holy Spirit. Eight, the church sustained by every member along with the ministry of official ministers — all animated by the Holy Spirit and all constituting Christ’s ministry to His people through His people. . . . But my faith comes from the Bible. In the New Testament the church is the center of the plan of redemption. We are units in the body of Christ. There is one spirit, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one church. The church is at the center of God’s promise. I said eighth is the church. Ninth is the return of Christ. Tenth is the glory of God, and both are the final goal of everything that God is doing. Put together those 10 convictions and you’ve got evangelical theology. Lose out on any single one of them and you’ve got something less than evangelical theory or you’ve got evangelical theory mental: maimed, distorted, out of truth.”

In 2015 when asked how he would like to be remembered, J. I. Packer replied,
“As I look back on the life that I have lived, I would like to be remembered as a voice — a voice that focused on the authority of the Bible, the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the wonder of his substitutionary sacrifice and atonement for our sins. I would like to be remembered as a voice calling Christian people to holiness and challenging lapses in Christian moral standards. I should like to be remembered as someone who was always courteous in controversy, but without compromise.”

By God’s grace Packer truly did personify with remarkable effectiveness each of those messages that he cited.

When asked in a January 2016 interview if he had any final words for the church, Packer replied with typical conciseness, “I think I can boil it down to four words: Glorify Christ every way.”

In the same interview Packer urged, “Get right with God as early in life as you can. Remember the Creator in your days of youth (Ecclesiastes 12:1). Don’t leave it until some time in the future when you’re not likely to be able to handle it well at all.”

Dr. Albert Mohler is the president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY. Here is his 9-minute YouTube video remembrance of J. I. Packer.


 
For a brief sample of Professor Packer’s teaching, here is his 3-minute YouTube video,
“What Is Repentance?”


 
J. I. Packer was a towering giant of Biblical influence — easily one of the most impactful theologians of the past 100 years. He excelled at teaching Biblical theology to the layman through his books and lectures, shaping much of contemporary Christian thought. Packer honored his Savior through a life devoted to His kingdom.

Questions to Ponder

1. Who has been a “giant of influence” in your life?
2. Intentionally or not, you are likely a “giant of influence” in someone’s life. Are you an influence for good or ill?

Share your thoughts on these questions in the comments below. It could encourage or help another reader.

For Christ and His Kingdom. Soli Deo Gloria. Alere Flammam Veritatis.

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Wednesday July 22, 2020 A.D.

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Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | July 15, 2020

Virus Stimulus Package

(2 Minute Read. 15Jul2020)

What did you think about the stimulus package enacted by the U.S. Congress and President to help with the economic consequences of the Wuhan virus? What did it stimulate for you?

Did you question the stimulus payments as I did? Did you wonder where all the money will come from? Did the ensuing increase in the country’s debt concern you?

Did you know that the Bible speaks of a totally different kind of Stimulus Package? It’s a stimulus that would have a far greater beneficial effect than the congressional one.

According to figures from the Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Global Dashboard, as of July 14, 2020, over 571,000 have died worldwide from the Wuhan virus. Over 135,000 have died from it in the United States, over 6,000 in my state, and 1,054 in my county.

But these numbers are somewhat inflated because they report “deaths with the Wuhan virus” as “deaths from the Wuhan virus.” Everyone dying while having the virus is included in the stats — even though the actual cause of death may have been something else.

The Bible’s Stimulus Package

The author of Hebrews outlines the Biblical Stimulus Package:
Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful; and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near. (Hebrews 10:23-25 NASB)

Love and good deeds comprise the Biblical stimulus package.

Jesus of Nazareth described the same stimulus package in these words:
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the great and foremost commandment. The second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. (Matthew 22:37-39)

Jesus expressed the same idea as the second commandment in what has come to be known as the Golden Rule this way:
In everything, therefore, treat people the same way you want them to treat you, for this is the Law and the Prophets. (Matthew 7:12)

Loving others as we love ourselves and treating others the way we would like to be treated will have a tremendous stimulative effect — economically, physically, and socially.

I am stimulated by the One in whom I live and move and have my being (Acts 17:28) — the Great Creator. And I believe that His prescription for life is the best stimulus package for a healthy society, nation, and world.

Questions to Ponder

1. What can you do today to “stimulate love and good deeds” among your family and friends?
2. Since we all will die eventually, whether from the Wuhan virus or otherwise, are you ready to die and meet the Great Creator?

Share your thoughts on these questions in the comments below. It could encourage or help another reader.

For Christ and His Kingdom. Soli Deo Gloria. Alere Flammam Veritatis.

Read the eight prequels on the Wuhan virus:
1. The Eden Virus
2. Why the Virus?
3. Handling Virus Fear
4. Plague, Pestilence, & Pandemic
5. Virus and the Bible
6. Virus Defenses
(with video)
7. Virus Prayers
8. Kepler Gives a Virus Briefing

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For in Him we live, and move, and have our being. (Acts 17:28)

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Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | July 8, 2020

What Is Your RQ?

(3 Minute Read. 8Jul2020)

What is your Recognition Quotient? How good are you at recognizing?

Can you recognize truth right in front of your face, or do you often find yourself surprised by revelations?

In general, most of us are not good at recognizing!

For example, many people think that if the Great Creator were to meet them on the street, they would recognize Him. In fact, some people even say, “If God would show Himself to me, I would believe in Him.”

Wouldn’t people recognize God?

The answer is No. When He actually walked this earth, most people did not recognize Him.

Almighty God, the Great Creator, came into the world as Jesus of Nazareth, but people in general completely failed to recognize Him.
He [Jesus] was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. He came to His own, and those who were His own did not receive Him. (John 1:10-11)

Even the Jewish leaders who had been looking for the Messiah for centuries failed to recognize Him. Instead, they sought to kill Him because they thought He threatened their position. (John 11:47-53)

Why Is It Hard to Recognize?

Three primary factors contribute to blindness — sin, Satan, and God. The combined action of all three make it very difficult to recognize truth.

Sin blinds people’s eyes preventing the recognizing of truth.
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth.
(Romans 1:18 ESV)
This is the judgment, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil. For everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come to the Light for fear that his deeds will be exposed.
(John 3:19-20)
So this I say, and affirm together with the Lord, that you walk no longer just as the Gentiles also walk, in the futility of their mind, being darkened in their understanding, excluded from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the hardness of their heart; and they, having become callous, have given themselves over to sensuality for the practice of every kind of impurity with greediness.
(Ephesians 4:17-19)
But the one who hates his brother is in the darkness and walks in the darkness, and does not know where he is going because the darkness has blinded his eyes.
(1 John 2:11)

Satan blinds people’s eyes preventing the recognizing of truth.
And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, in whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.
(2 Corinthians 4:3-4)

Finally, God Himself blinds some people’s eyes in certain situations, preventing the recognizing of truth.
But though He had performed so many signs before them, yet they were not believing in Him. This was to fulfill the word of Isaiah the prophet which he spoke: “Lord, who has believed our report? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?” For this reason they could not believe, for Isaiah said again, “He has blinded their eyes and He hardened their heart, so that they would not see with their eyes and perceive with their heart, and be converted and I heal them.”
(John 12:37-40. See also Isaiah 6:8-10.)

Solving the Recognition Problem

Only those whose eyes are supernaturally opened are able to recognize Jesus. When Peter acknowledged Jesus as Lord, Jesus said God the Father had revealed it to Peter.
Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, He was asking His disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” And they said, “Some say John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; but still others, Jeremiah, or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” And Jesus said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Barjonah, because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father who is in heaven.
(Matthew 16:13-17)

Jesus explicitly expressed it this way:
No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him. And I will raise him up on the last day. (John 6:44)

Jesus gave the key to solving the recognition problem.
So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are truly My disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
(John 8:31-32 ESV)

If you abide in the Word (Scripture), then you will know the truth. This is the solution to the recognition problem.

Abiding in Scripture leads to being a disciple of Jesus of Nazareth which results in knowing (recognizing) the truth.

How does one abide in the Word?
– Read it regularly
– Think about it, meditate on it, roll it around in your mind
– Obey it

These activities will result in being able to recognize truth. They will enable you to discern between the true and the false, between the good and the bad, between the right and the wrong.

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Questions to Ponder

1. Do you recognize the Great Creator‘s “fingerprints” in your daily life?
2. What can you do to improve your RQ (Recognition Quotient)?

Share your thoughts on these questions in the comments below. It could encourage or help another reader.

For Christ and His Kingdom. Soli Deo Gloria. Alere Flammam Veritatis.

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Was it not necessary for the Christ to suffer these things and to enter into His glory? (Luke 24:26)

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Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | July 1, 2020

Claim Checking

(5 Minute Read. 1Jul2020)

Recently I attended a virtual IT seminar. The moderator began by highlighting the organization’s code of conduct. He admonished everyone,
“Remember to be a good human today.”

When I heard this, I wondered what he meant by “good human.” Based on background information I knew about the organization, I suspected that some of what this man would praise as good, I would condemn as evil.

Nearby in the kitchen, my wife couldn’t help overhearing the moderator. She murmured to herself, “But how do we know what being a good human looks like?” The organization holding the seminar liked to emphasize some rules they had about being civilized in meetings, but in reality it had long since ditched any foundational standard of good.

My wife knew that the presenter had excellent motives behind the “good human” exhortation. But she instinctively seized the Biblical-worldview yardstick to measure every statement. It’s reflexive after many years of deliberately imitating the Berean believers of Acts 17:10-12. What did the people of Berea do?

The Bereans listened to presentations from Silas and Paul in a very specific way, and they were commended for it.
Now these were more noble-minded than those in Thessalonica, for they received the word with great eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see whether these things were so. (Acts 17:11)

Like the TV detective Adrian Monk, my wife couldn’t help analyzing. She held up even a preliminary comment to the light of God’s Word, our only certain and unchanging source of what is true, what is right, what is good.
All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:16-17)

Fact-checking has become a buzz word. But it is an invalid concept. Facts are facts and do not need to be checked. If something is not true, then it is not a fact. The term that should be used is claim-checking.

The media’s “fact-checkers” are really claim-checkers. And every claim-checker has a bias. And that bias affects the checker’s judgment of the claim. This is obvious when a conservative claim-checker disagrees with the judgment of a liberal claim-checker.

No claim-checker is completely objective; every claim-checker is biased. It is vital that a claim-checker’s bias be the correct bias in order to render accurate judgment.

But for the most critical issues of life, how can a claim be checked? The Bible is our first, last, and highest reference book!
For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12)

Every Christian should aspire to be a compulsive claim-checker — not by using a search engine or Wikipedia, but using the infallible reference written by Yahweh Himself, the Old Testament and New Testament.
For no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God. (2 Peter 1:21)

Whenever you’re reading, whenever you’re listening, keep asking yourself, “Is this Biblical? Does it match what the Bible says?”

Whatever topic is at hand, keep asking yourself, “Does God’s word address this?”

Keep asking yourself, “Will I bow to the authority of Scripture on this matter?”

Sometimes the error we identify is malicious deceit. But many times an unscriptural statement comes from a person with kind intentions and often from someone seeking to inspire. Holding words up to the searchlight of the Bible is not mean-spirited. In fact, when done Scripturally, it is melded with love and discretion.
And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in real knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve the things that are excellent.
(Philippians 1:9-10)

Especially in these challenging days, kindhearted philosophizing abounds. But so much talk that is meant to be inspirational is empty, false, and even harmful.
For in many dreams and in many words there is emptiness. Rather, fear God. (Ecclesiastes 5:7)
See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ. (Colossians 2:8)

Claim Checking Practice

Are you ready for a little practice? Here’s a quote that in various versions is circulating widely online. It was even posted on our neighborhood’s virtual bulletin board. The contributor was a warm-hearted person seeking to inspire. But let’s consider — is the content valid?

Use “Bible ears” to evaluate the following words addressing the Wuhan virus crisis that were posted on our neighborhood bulletin board:

The world continues its life and it is beautiful. I think it’s sending us this message: “You are not necessary. The air, earth, water, and sky without you are fine. When you come back, remember that you are my guests. Not my masters.”

How many claims in the above quote can you either substantiate or refute?

– The universe is indeed sending us a message, but it is not the one stated.
The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. (Psalm 19:1 ESV)

– Man does not sustain the earth, true. But the world is not independent or self-sufficient.
O Lord, Your faithfulness continues throughout all generations. You established the earth, and it stands. They stand this day according to Your ordinances, for all things are Your servants. (Psalm 119:90-92)

– A person’s life is fleeting, true.
As for man, his days are like grass;
As a flower of the field, so he flourishes.
When the wind has passed over it, it is no more,
And its place acknowledges it no longer.
But the lovingkindness of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear Him.
(Psalm 103:15-17)

– Are humans guests on earth and not its masters?
The heavens are the heavens of the Lord, but the earth He has given to the sons of men. (Psalm 115:16)

Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. God blessed them; and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” (Genesis 1:26-28)

What is man that You take thought of him,
And the son of man that You care for him?
You make him to rule over the works of Your hands;
You have put all things under his feet.
(Psalm 8:4,6)

Apart from the emptiness of these well-meaning but erroneous sentences from the bulletin board, their smooth, lofty tone distracts us from the genuine comfort of Scripture: Yahweh is the eternal, immutable constant, the enduring bedrock of stability. He promises His own presence and supernatural peace in distress. Self-sacrifice and loving service is the path of fulfillment. Life is brief and difficult, but eternity is incomparably blessed for followers of Jesus. These expressions won’t break any records on Twitter. They are not trendy, but they are truthful.

Humility and Gentleness

If God grants that someone enters into conversation with you about an unscriptural statement, let your humility and gentleness mark you as a follower of Jesus.
So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. (Colossians 3:12)

Conduct yourselves with wisdom toward outsiders, making the most of the opportunity. Let your speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt, so that you will know how you should respond to each person. (Colossians 4:5-6)

It’s likely that today an abundant stream of words will wash over you. Keep your Bible filter operational!
We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.
(2 Corinthians 10:5)

Let us gird up our minds to be “…children of God above reproach in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you appear as lights in the world, holding fast the word of life. (Philippians 2:15-16)

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Questions to Ponder

1. Do you think it’s effective to voice a challenge when someone spouts a meaningless or fallacious platitude in your presence? Why or why not?
2. Instead of merely saying, “We’re all in this together,” what short saying of Truth can you prepare to briefly encourage others?

Share your thoughts on these questions in the comments below. It could encourage or help another reader.

For Christ and His Kingdom. Soli Deo Gloria. Alere Flammam Veritatis.

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Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | June 24, 2020

Kepler’s Campaign Advice

(5 Minute Read. 24Jun2020)

Where Did Kepler Get His Campaign Ideas?

Woof! Woof!
This is Kepler, Master’s Jack Russell terrier, writing another article for Master’s Bible-Science Guy Blog.

As many of Master’s readers know, I am running for President this year. See Kepler for President for my campaign announcement and for links to posts outlining my positions on the issues.

President Donald Trump appears to be my main competition for the presidency. I admire President Trump and think he’s doing almost as good a job as I would do.

However, realistically speaking, President Trump is more likely to win the November election than I am. And since I love America as much as he does, I think it’s in the best interest of my country to convey some campaign advice to President Trump, even though it will help him beat me.

Be sure to read the Backstory at the end to find out where I got my ideas for President Trump’s campaign!

President Trump’s Problem

President Trump was doing a very good job up until the Wuhan virus crisis hit. He had the economy roaring, he had nominated many good judges, he had supported religious liberty and pro-life policies, and he had reduced onerous governmental regulations, among many other good things.

But he has been distracted by the Wuhan virus crisis, by protests and riots, by the presidential preference polls, and by the continued attacks from Democrats and the press. Now the president is reacting to everything. He’s firing off scattershot in all directions without consistent messaging for his reelection campaign.

I have a simple solution to the president’s problem. I am going to send it to him in this open letter.

Kepler’s Open Letter to President Trump

Dear President Trump,

Here is my advice on how to reinvigorate and refocus your campaign to accomplish a huge win in November. My advice is short and sweet. It is summed up in only two words.

Focus on these two issues to the exclusion of everything else:
1. Safety (law and order and virus protection)
2. Work (jobs and the economy)

In short, the theme you should repeat over and over in order to Keep America Great is simply this:

“I am the President who will get you back to work and keep you safe. My Democrat opponent will do neither.”

Kepler ponders the presidential campaign

Every time the press or interviewers or politicians try to distract you with other issues, just reply that you are working both to keep people safe and to get the country back to work.

Answer every question by pivoting to these two points. Discuss and explain these two points in the context of whatever the question is.

For example, whenever you are asked about the spread of the Wuhan virus, point out all that you did to keep Americans safe from the virus — from stopping travel from foreign countries to mobilizing American industry in support of healthcare to supporting health initiatives. And point out how you have been working to open up the country and safely put people back to work as soon as possible.

For example, if you are asked about your policy regarding illegal aliens, explain how building a wall on our southern border will both help keep Americans safe and preserve jobs for Americans.

For example, if you are asked about wearing masks and physical distancing, answer along these lines. Point out how you wanted to open churches, while Democrats wanted to keep them closed, yet Democrats wanted to allow mass demonstrations. Say you want people working safely instead of protesting and rioting. Remind listeners of the measures you are taking to keep people safe during these turbulent times when many are disrespecting the law. Remind us that Democrats don’t want people to go back to work because that will restart the economy and lead to a Trump victory in November. But you are getting people back to work.

No matter what you are asked, pivot to speak about keeping America safe and putting America back to work.

Safety and work matter to me and my doggy friends too! From the canine point of view, if Master lets me run out on a busy street and I get hit by a car, then the details of my kibble brand are not very significant compared with my safety. Getting back to work is also a priority. I patrol campgrounds and Master’s yard for squirrels, groundhogs, and raccoons. The Great Creator gave me the skills to work to keep these vermin under control.

I advise you, Mr. President, to slow down with all the extraneous tweets. Ignore all the noisy provocation from the press and Democrats, and don’t get distracted. Instead maintain a consistent laser focus on two points: safety and work. You are the president who will keep people safe and get them back to work. This is a compelling and winning message.

Mr. President, I know how hard it is not to get distracted! When I am being served dinner, I’m supposed to lie down and bow my head as Master thanks the Great Creator for my food. But every evening Master has to remind me multiple times of these two items for me to focus on. The smell of my bowl is so arousing that I keep hopping up and dancing around instead of lying with bowed head in patient submission.

Often Master’s prayer is not as brief as I think it should be, and I get distracted from my other two main focus points. Then I pop my head up instead of bowing in reverence to my Great Creator the whole time. So I know it’s a challenge to let the main things be the main things. But of all people, you, Mr. President, are up to this challenge!

Stick to this two-point message no matter what. Discipline yourself to stay on point with work and safety.

Thank you, Mr. President. I wish you the best — especially in the event that you beat me in November.

Sincerely,
Kepler
(BibleScienceGuy‘s Jack Russell terrier)

The Backstory

Policy wonks among Master’s readers might wonder where I got this solution for President Trump. Well, I have learned from Master to always base my thinkings on Scripture. That’s where I got these ideas on how to help President Trump.

Since Scripture commands people to work and not be idle, it made sense to me for the President to stand behind, foster, and promote people getting back to work.
Now we command you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you keep away from any brother who is walking in idleness and not in accord with the tradition that you received from us. For you yourselves know how you ought to imitate us, because we were not idle when we were with you, nor did we eat anyone’s bread without paying for it, but with toil and labor we worked night and day, that we might not be a burden to any of you. It was not because we do not have that right, but to give you in ourselves an example to imitate. For even when we were with you, we would give you this command: If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat. For we hear that some among you walk in idleness, not busy at work, but busybodies. Now such persons we command and encourage in the Lord Jesus Christ to do their work quietly and to earn their own living. (2 Thessalonians 3:6-12 ESV)

Also Master says the Bible gives leaders the responsibility for safety and security via the authority to punish evildoers.
Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether to a king as the one in authority, or to governors as sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and the praise of those who do right. (1 Peter 2:13-14)
First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. (1 Timothy 2:1-2)
For rulers are not a cause of fear for good behavior, but for evil. Do you want to have no fear of authority? Do what is good and you will have praise from the same; for it is a minister of God to you for good. But if you do what is evil, be afraid; for it does not bear the sword for nothing; for it is a minister of God, an avenger who brings wrath on the one who practices evil. (Romans 13:3-4)

So that’s how things look from my Dog House!

Till next time, this is Kepler signing off. Woof! Woof!

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Questions to Ponder

1. What would help most in putting America back to work?
2. What is the most effective thing to do to stop the Wuhan virus in America?

Share your thoughts on these questions in the comments below. It could encourage or help another reader.

For Christ and His Kingdom. Soli Deo Gloria.

This is the 42nd article in a series of blog posts on a precocious Jack Russell terrier named Kepler. Numbers 1-8 are by Kepler’s master, the BibleScienceGuy. Numbers 9-42 are by Kepler himself.
Read the prequels:
1. Why I Named Our Puppy “Kepler”
2. Kepler’s Kind
3. Kepler’s Lopsided Trade
4. Kepler’s Amazing Nose
5. Kepler’s Business Card
6. Kepler & the Psycho Squirrel
(with video)
7. Taunting Kepler
8. Adam and Puppies

The following posts are by Kepler:
9. Who Taught Kepler?
10. Kepler Gets a Buddy
(with video)
11. Kepler Chases a Squirrel (with video)
12. Kepler’s Complaint
13. Kepler’s To-Do List
14. Kepler and the Football Weekend
15. Kepler’s Favorite Store
16. Kepler at a Truck Stop
17. Kepler & Henry Catch a Squirrel
18. Kepler Finds Killdeer Eggs
19. Kepler Finds Robin Eggs
20. Kepler Lives to Tell the Tale
21. Kepler, Bears, & Raccoons
22. Kepler Mentors Henry
23. Kepler Gets a Bear
24. Kepler Finds Strange Eggs
25. Kepler Finds Duck Eggs
26. Kepler Gives Thanks
27. Kepler’s Newest Enemy
28. Kepler Loves Bulldogs
29. Kepler Ponders Snow
30. Kepler Wants to Move to Australia
31. Kepler’s Dating Profile
32. Kepler Meets Skunk
33. Kepler Wants to Be Good
34. Kepler on Guard
35. Kepler Chews On Grammar
36. Kepler for President
37. Kepler for President: Grins & Growls #1
38. Kepler for President: Grins & Growls #2
39. Kepler’s Water Guns
40. Kepler Remembers Henry
(with video)
41. Kepler Gives a Virus Briefing

Read the sequel:
43. Kepler ??? coming soon . . .

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Wednesday June 24, 2020 A.D.

But now ask the beasts, and let them teach you;
And the birds of the heavens, and let them tell you.
Or speak to the earth, and let it teach you;
And let the fish of the sea declare to you.
Who among all these does not know
That the hand of the LORD has done this,
In whose hand is the life of every living thing,
And the breath of all mankind?
(Job 12:7-10)

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Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | June 17, 2020

Answers to Bible Fathers Quiz

(5 Minute Read. 17Jun2020)

From Adam to Zacharias, the Bible is full of fathers who greatly influenced the course of history through their sons and daughters.

Last Wednesday I posted my
Bible Fathers Quiz
to commemorate Father’s Day (June 21, 2020) when we show special honor to fathers for their love, work, and sacrifice in raising children.

How many Bible Fathers did you remember?

Before you look at the answers below, if you haven’t taken the quiz yet, click Bible Fathers Quiz to take the quiz.

Here are the original quiz questions followed by answers and explanations. Links to supporting Bible verses are included with each question/answer.

Questions & Answers for Bible Fathers Quiz

1. The very first father in history was Adam. How long did he live?
A. 210 years
B. 910 years
C. 930 years
D. 950 years

Answer: C. 930 years (Genesis 5:5)
Click How Long Did Adam Live? to read more about Adam’s lifespan.

2. Based on the Genesis record, what is likely the minimum number of sons and daughters in Adam’s immediate family?
A. Two sons and two daughters.
B. Three sons and two daughters.
C. Three sons and three daughters.
D. Five sons and three daughters.

Answer: D. Five sons and three daughters. (Genesis 4:1-2; 4:9-17; 5:3-4)
Sons – Cain, Abel, Seth, at least two sons born after Seth.
Daughters – Cain’s wife, at least two daughters born after Seth.
Immediately after murdering Abel, Cain was sent away by God to wander the earth. Since Cain was Adam’s oldest child, the wife he took with him was likely a sister born and raised before Abel was killed.
Seth certainly had a wife, but she may not have been a sister. Since Seth was born after Cain’s murder of Abel when Adam was 130, Seth’s wife could have been a niece.
Adam and Eve likely had far more children than these eight. The fact that Cain was in fear for his life after killing Abel (Genesis 4:13-15) indicates that there were already many other children and descendants of Adam and Eve alive who might seek vengeance for Abel on Cain — especially Abel’s siblings and/or children.
Flavius Josephus was a Jewish historian of the first century A.D. A textual note in his Antiquities of the Jews cites an old tradition that Adam had 33 sons and 23 daughters.
One of the judges of Israel some 2,000 years after Adam’s death was Gideon (aka Jerubbaal), son of Joash. Gideon had at least 72 sons by his wives and concubines (Judges 7:1; 8:29-32; 9:4-5, 16-19). King Ahab of Israel had 70 sons some 2500 years after Adam (2 Kings 10:1). Assuming Gideon and Ahab had about as many daughters as sons, this means each had close to 150 children in a normal lifespan thousands of years after Adam. Thus it is very possible that Adam sired hundreds of children during his lifetime at the dawn of creation when humanity was in its prime.
Click How Many Children Did Adam Have? to read more on Adam’s children.

3. Adam is the father of the human race. Who is another man who is the father of all humans alive today?
A. Seth
B. Methuselah
C. Noah
D. All of the above.

Answer: D. All of the above. (Genesis 9:18-19)
Noah’s three sons and their wives repopulated the earth after Noah’s Flood. Thus Noah and his nine forebears listed in Genesis 5, of which Seth and Methuselah are two, are all fathers of today’s humans. Click Population Growth – Could Noah Fill the Earth? to read about population growth since Noah’s Flood.

4. How many sons did Abraham have by how many women?
A. 1 son by 1 woman
B. 2 sons by 2 women
C. 5 sons by 3 women
D. 8 sons by 3 women

Answer: D. 8 sons by 3 women (Genesis 16:15-16; 21:1-5; 25:1-2)
Abraham sired Ishmael by Hagar, Sarah’s Egyptian maid. By his wife Sarah he had Isaac. He had six sons by his second wife Keturah – Zimran, Jokshan, Medan, Midian, Ishbak, and Shuah.
God had promised Abraham that he would be the father of many nations. In fact, He changed his name from Abram (exalted father) to Abraham (father of many) to emphasize this. (Genesis 17:5-6)
Abraham fathered 12 nations through the 12 sons of Ishmael (Genesis 25:12-18).
Abraham fathered the Israelites through his grandson Jacob and the Edomites through his grandson Esau. Both Jacob and Esau were sons of Abraham’s son Isaac.
Abraham’s six sons by Keturah gave rise to Arab nations south and east of Israel (Genesis 25:1-6).
Thus through Abraham’s eight sons he became “the father of many nations” as God had promised. (Genesis 17:5-6)

5. Which of Jacob’s 12 sons fathered the tribe that produced Jesus the Messiah?
A. Reuben, Jacob’s firstborn
B. Levi, father of the priestly tribe
C. Judah, who served as a hostage in Egypt
D. Joseph, savior of Israel in Egypt

Answer: C. Judah, who served as a hostage in Egypt
(Luke 1:27; Luke 3:23-34; Matthew 1:1-16)
Joseph, the adoptive father of Jesus, was a descendant of King David of the tribe of Judah according to the genealogies in both Matthew 1 and Luke 3. Jesus inherited His kingly right to rule through His legal father Joseph.
The Bible does not explicitly state the tribe of His mother Mary. Many people think that Luke’s genealogy of Jesus through Joseph son of Eli (Heli in KJV) is really that of Jesus through Mary the daughter of Eli who was the father-in-law of Joseph. But this is wrong. Read Genealogies of Jesus for the explanation.
Mary’s tribe was probably the priestly tribe of Levi. This is because Mary was a relative of Elizabeth (Luke 1:26-27; 35-36). Elizabeth, wife of Zacharias the priest and mother of John the Baptist, was a daughter of Aaron of the tribe of Levi (Luke 1:5).
We know that inter-tribe marriages (like Joseph of Judah with Mary of Levi) did occur. For example, Aaron of the tribe of Levi married Elisheba of the tribe of Judah. Elisheba was the daughter of Amminadab, sister of Nahshon, and aunt to Salmon the husband of Rahab. Under Moses, Nahshon was the military leader of the tribe of Judah, the largest of the 12 tribal armies. (Numbers 1:7; Exodus 6:23) Thus all the priests of Israel (descendants of Aaron) were descendants of both Levi (through Aaron) and Judah (through Aaron’s wife Elisheba).
Thus Jesus was a legal descendant of Judah through his adoptive father Joseph and a physical descendant of Judah and Levi (and Aaron) through His mother Mary.
(So you get half-credit for answering “B. Levi, father of the priestly tribe.”)
In this way Jesus could legitimately serve as both priest and king.
Click Genealogies of Jesus for more on Jesus’ genealogy.

6. What father told his barren wife, “Am I not better to you than ten sons?”
A. Abraham to Sarah
B. Jacob to Rachel
C. Elkanah to Hannah
D. Zechariah to Elizabeth

Answer: C. Elkanah to Hannah (1 Samuel 1:8)
Elkanah was the husband of two wives, Hannah and Penninah, and he was the father of Samuel the prophet. Elkanah said these words to Hannah while she was barren before Yahweh granted her request for a child. After bearing Samuel, Hannah bore three more sons and two daughters (1 Samuel 2:21).

7. What father had sons who were so wicked that the Bible says, “The Lord desired to put them to death.”?
A. Lamech
B. Nimrod
C. Eli
D. Manasseh

Answer: C. Eli (1 Samuel 2:22-25)
Eli’s sons Hophni and Phinehas had defiled their priestly office with greed and immorality. Eli’s weak words failed to restrain their wickedness (1 Samuel 3:13). God used war with the Philistines to execute His judgment on Hophni and Phinehas (1 Samuel 4:1-18).

8. In God’s Word, what actions of God toward us are explicitly likened to what a father does for his son?
A. Feeds him, clothes him, directs him.
B. Carries him, has compassion on him, disciplines him.
C. Guides him, protects him, supports him.
D. Instructs him, challenges him, encourages him.

Answer: B. Carries him, has compassion on him, disciplines him.
(Deuteronomy 1:31; Psalm 103:13; Hebrews 12:7; Proverbs 3:12; Deuteronomy 8:5)
This may have been a hard question for some. The key to the question was the phrase “explicitly likened.” While God and fathers perform all the actions listed, only Answer B contains only actions of God that are explicitly likened to those that fathers also do.

The Best Father’s Day Gift
Lots of Firewood

9. What king of Israel had 70 sons who were all beheaded together?
A. Jeroboam
B. Ahab
C. Hezekiah
D. Manasseh

Answer: B. Ahab
(2 Kings 10:1-11; 10:17)
Jehu executed judgment on the house of Ahab for his sins as prophesied by Elijah.

10. Who called out, “My father, My father!” even though the man was not his father?
A. Esau
B. Elijah
C. Joash
D. Hezekiah

Answer: C. Joash (2 Kings 13:14)
When Elisha was dying, King Joash of Israel, the son of King Jehoahaz and grandson of King Jehu, said to Elisha, “My father, my father, the chariots of Israel and its horsemen!” It was reminiscent of what Elisha himself had called out to Elijah as the latter was taken up to heaven in a chariot of fire (2 Kings 2:11-12). Click Elijah Does Apologetics to read about Elijah’s great triumph.

11. What father was punished with leprosy?
A. Uzziah
B. Jotham
C. Ahaz
D. Nebuchadnezzar

Answer: A. Uzziah (2 Chronicles 26:16-23)
Uzziah, King of Judah and father of Jotham, was struck by God with leprosy for pridefully entering the temple to burn incense, a function reserved to priests. Jotham served as co-regent with his leprous father for the remainder of Uzziah’s life.

12. What father was struck mute for unbelief throughout his wife’s pregnancy?
A. Isaac
B. Zacharias
C. Jeroboam
D. Hosea

Answer: B. Zacharias (Luke 1:13-22; 57-64)
Zacharias was the husband of Elizabeth and the father of John the Baptist. The angel Gabriel, who stands in the presence of God, struck Zacharias mute for his failure to believe Gabriel’s message from God that Zacharias and his barren wife, both aged, would have a son. His muteness was removed when he confirmed naming his son John.

13. What Biblical father is listed in two different genealogies with two different fathers?
A. Abraham
B. Isaiah
C. Zachariah
D. Joseph

Answer: D. Joseph
(Matthew 1:16; Luke 3:23)
Matthew’s and Luke’s genealogies listing the ancestors of Jesus’ adoptive father Joseph are not the same! They are very different from King David to Joseph. Matthew traces Jesus’ line of descent through King David’s son Solomon, whereas Luke traces it through David’s son Nathan. Both Solomon and Nathan were sons of Bathsheba. Matthew says Joseph’s father was Jacob. Luke says Joseph was the son of Eli (Heli in KJV). How can Mary’s husband Joseph have two distinct fathers, Jacob and Eli? Is this an error in the Bible? Click Genealogies of Jesus for the explanation.

14. What synagogue official and distraught father said, “My little daughter is at the point of death”?
A. Nicodemus
B. Jairus
C. Agrippa
D. Joseph of Arimathea

Answer: B. Jairus (Mark 5:22-24; 35-43; Luke 8:40-42; 49-56)
Jairus implored Jesus to come heal his only daughter, about twelve years of age. She died while Jesus was on the way to Jairus’ house, but Jesus raised her from the dead.

15. Whose father did the Apostle Paul heal of a fever and dysentery?
A. Timothy
B. Silas
C. Titus
D. Publius

Answer: D. Publius (Acts 28:1-9)
On the way to Rome, Paul was shipwrecked on the island of Malta. The chief man of the island was Publius who welcomed and cared for Paul for three days. Paul healed Publius’ father and all those who were ill on the island.

Permission to Use

In the past, some readers have asked permission to use my quizzes with Sunday Schools, Bible study groups, or other applications. I give permission for such use provided the source website is included. For this quiz, please credit the quiz to the Bible-Science Guy Blog at https://biblescienceguy.wordpress.com/2020/06/10/bible-fathers-quiz/.

Click Bible-Science Guy Quizzes for a complete list of links to all my quizzes.

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Questions to Ponder

1. Would you like to share a sentence of tribute to your father?
2. How can you be supportive to someone who is not a father, when Father’s Day may be a difficult time?
3. How many quiz questions did you get right? Which was hardest for you? Which was easiest?

Share your thoughts on these questions in the comments below. It could encourage or help another reader.

For Christ and His Kingdom. Soli Deo Gloria. Alere Flammam Veritatis.

Read the prequels:
Bible Mothers Quiz
Answers to Bible Mothers Quiz
Bible Fathers Quiz

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Wednesday June 17, 2020 A.D.

Honor your father and your mother, as the Lord your God has commanded you, that your days may be prolonged and that it may go well with you on the land which the Lord your God gives you. (Deuteronomy 5:16)

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Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | June 10, 2020

Bible Fathers Quiz

(4 Minute Read. 10Jun2020)

Happy Father’s Day

From Adam to Zacharias, the Bible is full of fathers who greatly influenced the course of history through their sons and daughters.

Father’s Day is a day in which we show special honor to fathers for their love, work, and sacrifice in raising children. It is celebrated every year in the U.S. on the third Sunday in June. This year that is June 21, 2020.

How well do you know the Bible Dads? Do you know your Bible Fathers as well as you can whiz through literary patriarchs or TV dads?

Here is a quiz I put together on Fathers in the Bible. All the answers are in the Bible, but the answers will also appear in next Wednesday’s blog post Answers to Bible Fathers Quiz preceding Father’s Day.

Some of these quiz questions are easy and some are hard, but all are intriguing. And all prompt reflection on the Scriptural context of each father. Try to answer first without using the Bible. Enjoy!

15 Quiz Questions on Bible Fathers

1. The very first father in history was Adam. How long did he live?
A. 210 years
B. 910 years
C. 930 years
D. 950 years

2. Based on the Genesis record, what is likely the minimum number of sons and daughters in Adam’s immediate family?
A. Two sons and two daughters.
B. Three sons and two daughters.
C. Three sons and three daughters.
D. Five sons and three daughters.

3. Adam is the father of the human race. Who is another man who is the father of all humans alive today?
A. Seth
B. Methuselah
C. Noah
D. All of the above.

4. How many sons did Abraham have by how many women?
A. 1 son by 1 woman
B. 2 sons by 2 women
C. 5 sons by 3 women
D. 8 sons by 3 women

5. Which of Jacob’s 12 sons fathered the tribe that produced Jesus the Messiah?
A. Reuben, Jacob’s firstborn
B. Levi, father of the priestly tribe
C. Judah, who served as a hostage in Egypt
D. Joseph, savior of Israel in Egypt

The Best Father’s Day Gift
Lots of Firewood

6. What father told his barren wife, “Am I not better to you than ten sons?”
A. Abraham to Sarah
B. Jacob to Rachel
C. Elkanah to Hannah
D. Zechariah to Elizabeth

7. What father had sons who were so wicked that the Bible says,
The Lord desired to put them to death“?

A. Lamech
B. Nimrod
C. Eli
D. Manasseh

8. In God’s Word, what actions of God toward us are explicitly likened to what a father does for his son?
A. Feeds him, clothes him, directs him.
B. Carries him, has compassion on him, disciplines him.
C. Guides him, protects him, supports him.
D. Instructs him, challenges him, encourages him.

9. What king of Israel had 70 sons who were all beheaded together?
A. Jeroboam
B. Ahab
C. Hezekiah
D. Manasseh

10. Who called out, “My father, My father!” even though the man was not his father?
A. Esau
B. Elijah
C. Joash
D. Hezekiah

11. What father was punished with leprosy?
A. Uzziah
B. Jotham
C. Ahaz
D. Nebuchadnezzar

12. What father was struck mute for unbelief throughout his wife’s pregnancy?
A. Isaac
B. Zacharias
C. Jeroboam
D. Hosea

13. What Biblical father is listed in two different genealogies with two different fathers?
A. Abraham
B. Isaiah
C. Zachariah
D. Joseph

14. What synagogue official and distraught father said, “My little daughter is at the point of death”?
A. Nicodemus
B. Jairus
C. Agrippa
D. Joseph of Arimathea

15. Whose father did the Apostle Paul heal of a fever and dysentery?
A. Timothy
B. Silas
C. Titus
D. Publius

Permission to Use

In the past, some readers have asked permission to use my quizzes with Sunday Schools, Bible study groups, or other applications. I give permission for such use provided the source website is included. For this quiz, please credit the quiz to the Bible-Science Guy Blog at https://biblescienceguy.wordpress.com/2020/06/10/bible-fathers-quiz/. Answers will appear in next Wednesday’s blog post, Answers to Bible Fathers Quiz, on June 17, 2020.

Click Bible-Science Guy Quizzes for a complete list of links to all my quizzes.

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Questions to Ponder

1. Would you like to share a sentence of tribute to your father?
2. How can you be supportive to someone who is not a father, when Father’s Day may be a difficult time?
3. Which quiz question was hardest for you? Which was easiest?

Share your thoughts on these questions in the comments below. It could encourage or help another reader.

For Christ and His Kingdom. Soli Deo Gloria. Alere Flammam Veritatis.

Read the prequels:
Bible Mothers Quiz
Answers to Bible Mothers Quiz

Read the sequel:
Answers to Bible Fathers Quiz

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“destroying speculations against the knowledge of God”
“for the defense of the gospel”
(Jude 1:3; 2 Cor 10:5; Phil 1:16)
Wednesday June 10, 2020 A.D.

Honor your father and your mother, as the Lord your God has commanded you, that your days may be prolonged and that it may go well with you on the land which the Lord your God gives you. (Deuteronomy 5:16)

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Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | June 3, 2020

Kepler Gives a Virus Briefing

(4 Minute Read. 3Jun2020)

Kepler ponders the virus

Woof! Woof!
This is Kepler, Master’s Jack Russell terrier, writing another article for Master’s Bible-Science Guy Blog.

Master tells me that people like the way I think and how I report my thinkings. So today I’m sharing my thinkings on this Wuhan virus thing that has upended my state, country, and world.

As of June 2, 2020, over 380,000 have died worldwide from the Wuhan virus. Over 106,000 have died from it in the United States, over 5,500 in my state, and 992 in my county. It’s the worst scourge in the U.S. since the 1918-19 Spanish Flu pandemic.

Humans seem to be complaining a lot about changes they have to make because of the virus. I don’t know what the big deal is! I myself have been practicing virus-defense behaviors long before they became policies. They were a gift to me from the Great Creator who built these habits into me.

Hand Washing

I’m astonished that humans have to be admonished about hand washing. Master will tell you that from puppyhood I have been obsessed with self-cleaning! Whenever I come in from outside, I wash my paws scrupulously with my super-scrubber tongue. Frequently I wash and lick other parts of myself, too. After I do that hygiene task, I usually notice Master and Missus physically distancing from me!

Face Masks

I don’t wear a face mask, but several of my campground buddies wear masks on walks like the one on this Dalmatian.

I did have to wear a funny kind of mask once after a vet visit. When I was about a year old, Master explained that he had to send me to the vet to get “tutored.” I was eager to go because I like learning new things.

The vet was very kind, but I don’t remember much about what happened. Master said the vet “put me under” for the tutoring. It was never clear to me what I was under.

When Missus picked me up, I couldn’t remember what I had been tutored about. I was very glad that Master did not quiz me on my lesson when we got home. I did feel pretty sleepy and sore for a day or so.

Kepler’s cone collar “face mask”

After I got tutored at the vet, I wore this kind of strange face mask for two weeks to keep me from grooming myself. The vet said grooming could interfere with the tutoring.

I should find out if the CDC endorses this kind of facial protection against the virus.

Physical Distancing

I don’t know why Talkers in the news are making such a big issue out of what they call social distancing which is actually physical distancing. As long as I can remember, people have been telling me, “Kepler, back! Get back!”

For all six years of my life, I have tried to do my duty as a friendly host and welcome visitors excitedly when they come to the house. But Master has consistently enforced a firm physical distancing policy. “Down, Kepler,” he says. “Get down!”

When guests sit on our couch, it’s obvious to me that someone furry should nestle in close and provide warmth and affection. But Master keeps saying, “Off, Kepler! Get off!” and directing me to my own cushioned bed. Master must have been thinking about the virus ever since he first got me!

On the other hand, I am the one enforcing physical distancing measures when we go camping. At our campsite I use my loud voice to tell everyone who walks by to keep back from my humans. Master does not seem appreciative, however. He insists I lie down and be quiet. But inside I am still a stalwart defender of our territory.

Staying Home

Officials are commending everyone for staying home. Apparently that is a very noble thing. I am feeling quite a hero, because I am pretty good at staying home.

Henry

My longtime buddy Henry, who left us shortly before the virus became a big issue (see Kepler Remembers Henry), would have been a scofflaw offender regarding this public health measure. Naughty Henry ran away from home any chance he could.

When Missus would try to catch him so he could once again Stay Home, then Henry would keep practicing physical distancing. I think it was pretty exasperating for Missus, but she is amazingly patient and forbearing. She never even says those loud things I hear from some humans, when they call out words and names as if they are praying. But somehow I don’t think they’re really talking to the Great Creator with reverence — even though they are saying His Names over and over. Master says those names are set apart and only to be used with highest respect.

But, back to my point, I am usually a Good Boy and I stay home. Even if a squirrel or raccoon or a neighbor’s barbecue just cannot be resisted, I do come home quite soon. I know who fills my food bowl! So I’ll give myself a virus-defense check mark for compliance with the Stay Home order.

Other Virus Defense Health Measures

I would like to share several other personal tips for staying healthy. I am very attentive to keeping variety in my diet. I nibble certain wispy grasses that I deem a delicacy, and I snatch a few goose droppings if I can manage to elude Master’s vigilance. I also recommend chewing used tissues, burger wrappers, and stubs of ice cream cones off the sidewalk. The humans don’t seem to support these dietary supplements, but hey look, I haven’t gotten the Wuhan virus, have I?

Other health measures I pursue are digging in the dirt daily and plenty of fur-scratching. Constant running and jumping goes without saying. Interspersed with the licking, gnawing, digging, and scratching should be naps.

Kepler Asleep

A suggested nap schedule for maximum health benefit is post-breakfast nap, mid-morning nap, pre-lunch nap, post-lunch nap, mid-afternoon nap, early evening nap, after-dinner nap, and pre-sleep nap. Even a doggie immune system benefits from plenty of sleep.

Master is in favor of my careful health routine. Proverbs 12:10 says that a righteous man has regard for the life of his animal.

Wuhan Virus Lockdown

What is my thinking on the nationwide lockdown? Was it necessary?

Master, Missus, and I got along just fine staying home by ourselves. Shutting down the country had very little personal effect on us. But I feel for all the dogs of the 40 million people who were suddenly unemployed due to closing businesses. Instead of being able to sleep most of the day while their owners were at work, these dogs had to endure new attention, demands, and activity.

The latest CDC estimate for the Wuhan virus infection fatality rate is about 0.26%. This is only about double the fatality rate for flu. We don’t shut down the country for the flu, and I don’t think we should have shut it down for the Wuhan virus.
(See CDC: Coronavirus fatality rate could be as low as 0.26%.)

I think such a drastic step was unnecessary and unwise. I think it was economically and politically misguided. I would have preferred a liberty approach where people take responsibility for their own health and use virus defense measures as they see fit and accept the consequences of their actions.

I also disagreed with the stimulus payment. Where will the money come from? Eventually it has to come from the people — it just adds to the country’s debt.

If I were Governor or President, I would NOT have shut down my state or country. That’s another reason why I’m running for President! (Click Kepler for President).
My campaign slogan is Alere Flammam Veritatis.
Vote Kepler for President in November 2020.

So that’s how things look from my Dog House!

Till next time, this is Kepler signing off. Woof! Woof!

Questions to Ponder

1. How do your pets glorify the Great Creator?
2. Since we all will die eventually, whether from the Wuhan virus or otherwise, are you ready to die and meet the Great Creator?

Share your thoughts on these questions in the comments below. It could encourage or help another reader.

For Christ and His Kingdom. Soli Deo Gloria.

Read the seven prequels on the Wuhan virus:
1. The Eden Virus
2. Why the Virus?
3. Handling Virus Fear
4. Plague, Pestilence, & Pandemic
5. Virus and the Bible
6. Virus Defenses
(with video)
7. Virus Prayers

Read the sequel on the Wuhan virus:
9. Virus Stimulus Package

This is the 41st article in a series of blog posts on a precocious Jack Russell terrier named Kepler. Numbers 1-8 are by Kepler’s master, the BibleScienceGuy. Numbers 9-41 are by Kepler himself.
Read the prequels:
1. Why I Named Our Puppy “Kepler”
2. Kepler’s Kind
3. Kepler’s Lopsided Trade
4. Kepler’s Amazing Nose
5. Kepler’s Business Card
6. Kepler & the Psycho Squirrel
(with video)
7. Taunting Kepler
8. Adam and Puppies

The following posts are by Kepler:
9. Who Taught Kepler?
10. Kepler Gets a Buddy
(with video)
11. Kepler Chases a Squirrel (with video)
12. Kepler’s Complaint
13. Kepler’s To-Do List
14. Kepler and the Football Weekend
15. Kepler’s Favorite Store
16. Kepler at a Truck Stop
17. Kepler & Henry Catch a Squirrel
18. Kepler Finds Killdeer Eggs
19. Kepler Finds Robin Eggs
20. Kepler Lives to Tell the Tale
21. Kepler, Bears, & Raccoons
22. Kepler Mentors Henry
23. Kepler Gets a Bear
24. Kepler Finds Strange Eggs
25. Kepler Finds Duck Eggs
26. Kepler Gives Thanks
27. Kepler’s Newest Enemy
28. Kepler Loves Bulldogs
29. Kepler Ponders Snow
30. Kepler Wants to Move to Australia
31. Kepler’s Dating Profile
32. Kepler Meets Skunk
33. Kepler Wants to Be Good
34. Kepler on Guard
35. Kepler Chews On Grammar
36. Kepler for President
37. Kepler for President: Grins & Growls #1
38. Kepler for President: Grins & Growls #2
39. Kepler’s Water Guns
40. Kepler Remembers Henry
(with video)

Read the sequel:
42. Kepler’s Campaign Advice

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“contending earnestly for the faith”
“destroying speculations against the knowledge of God”
“for the defense of the gospel”
(Jude 1:3; 2 Cor 10:5; Phil 1:16)
Wednesday June 3, 2020 A.D.

But now ask the beasts, and let them teach you;
And the birds of the heavens, and let them tell you.
Or speak to the earth, and let it teach you;
And let the fish of the sea declare to you.
Who among all these does not know
That the hand of the LORD has done this,
In whose hand is the life of every living thing,
And the breath of all mankind?
(Job 12:7-10)

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