Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry

Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry is an excellent source of information for anyone wanting to understand the Bible better.  Here is how they describe themselves.

About The Christian Apologetics & Research Ministry

CARM is a 501(c)3, non-profit, Christian ministry dedicated to the glory of the Lord Jesus Christ and the promotion and defense of the Christian Gospel, doctrine, and theology.  To do this, CARM analyzes religious and non-religious movements and compares them to the Bible. We examine abortion, atheism, evolution, Islam, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Mormonism, relativism,Roman Catholicism, Wicca, universalism, (and more), along with Christian preachers and teachers.  In all our analyses we use the Bible as the final standard of truth in order to defend and promote Christianity.

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Why Jeremiah had no children

Jeremiah prophesied during the final years of Judah’s independence and lived through its final conquest by Babylon.  He suffered many hardships, one of which was being denied the pleasures of having a family.

The word of the LORD came to me: “You shall not take a wife, nor shall you have sons or daughters in this place. For thus says the LORD concerning the sons and daughters who are born in this place, and concerning the mothers who bore them and the fathers who fathered them in this land: They shall die of deadly diseases. They shall not be lamented, nor shall they be buried. They shall be as dung on the surface of the ground. They shall perish by the sword and by famine, and their dead bodies shall be food for the birds of the air and for the beasts of the earth.”
Jeremiah 16:1-4

The things that happened to him would have made it hard for him to fulfill his family responsibilities.  His preaching was so unpopular that he sometimes spent time in prison or in hiding from the authorities and after the Babylonian victory he was forced to accompany some people who fled to Egypt for refuge.  But even if the circumstance of his life had been different he would have been childless because of a curse placed on one of his ancestors.

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Things I have read on the internet – 4

My fourth list of good internet articles.


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Climate change

California is experiencing one of the worst droughts in its history.  Here are some of the steps it is taking in response: California Drought

These things will help to alleviate the harm done by the drought but will do nothing to end it.  Israel once suffered a severe drought.  Perhaps a study of that drought will give some ideas about how to cope with the one in California.

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Things I have read on the internet – 3

My third list of useful and informative links.


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Check your diet

We need food to keep our bodies healthy and functioning.  We all realize this and we put a great deal of effort into making sure we get all the food we need.  But we are more than just physical bodies.  Our souls and spirits need nourishment just as much as our bodies do.  The Bible provides this nourishment.

Your words were found, and I ate them, and your words became to me a joy and the delight of my heart, for I am called by your name, O LORD, God of hosts.
Jeremiah 15:16

It is written, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.”
Matthew 4:4

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Things I have read on the internet – 2

Here are more links to useful information I have found on the internet.


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God will judge our works

The Bible teaches that salvation is a gift of God that we receive through faith and is not the result of any work that we have done.

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.
Ephesians 2:8-9

But the Bible also says that we will be judged for what we do.

For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil.
2 Corinthians 5:10

How can these two facts be reconciled?

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Post-apocalyptic fiction or post-apocalyptic fact

There is a literary genre called post-apocalyptic fiction.  It depicts a future in which civilization has been destroyed by a war or some other catastrophe and the survivors are attempting to cope with the changed environment.  Most people have heard of post-apocalyptic fiction but not many realize there is also a class of literature that is post-apocalyptic fact.

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Some things I have read on the internet

Here are links to some interesting information I have found on the internet.


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The heavens declare the glory of God

Romans 1:20 says that God has revealed himself through the things he has made. The more we know about the creation the more we know about God. Psalm 95:4 says,

In his hand are the depths of the earth;
the heights of the mountains are his also.

If the author of the psalm had known as much about the universe as we do he might have said,

In his hand are the smallest subatomic particles;
the most distant galaxies of the universe are his also.

The shortest chapter in the Bible

The shortest chapter in the Bible is Psalm 117.

Praise the LORD, all nations!
Extol him, all peoples!
For great is his steadfast love toward us,
and the faithfulness of the LORD endures forever.
Praise the LORD!
Psalm 117

It is sandwiched in between two well known psalms of thanksgiving and praise and readers often don’t pay much attention to it.

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Pluto’s atmosphere

The planet (or ex-planet) Pluto is believed to be about 4.5 billion years old.  We have recently learned a lot more about Pluto as a result of the New Horizons mission.

New Horizons has discovered a region of cold, dense ionized gas tens of thousands of miles beyond Pluto — the planet’s atmosphere being stripped away by the solar wind and lost to space. Beginning an hour and half after closest approach, the Solar Wind Around Pluto (SWAP) instrument observed a cavity in the solar wind — the outflow of electrically charged particles from the Sun — between 48,000 miles (77,000 km) and 68,000 miles (109,000 km) downstream of Pluto. SWAP data revealed this cavity to be populated with nitrogen ions forming a “plasma tail” of undetermined structure and length extending behind the planet.

One thing we have discovered is that Pluto’s atmosphere is being stripped away from it.  If this process had been going on for billions of years how likely is it that Pluto would still have any atmosphere left?  This is evidence that Pluto and the rest of the solar system are much younger that is generally believed.

The prosperity gospel

Many preachers teach what is called the prosperity gospel: God wants his children to be rich and if we serve him faithfully he will make us wealthy.  But most of us know people who live godly lives and yet aren’t financially prosperous.  How do we reconcile these two facts?  Are the “godly” people really hypocrites who are simply covering up their sins by pretending to serve God?  Or are the prosperity teachers wrong?  The best way to answer these questions is to see what the Bible says on the subject.

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Potiphar the Egyptian

Now Joseph had been brought down to Egypt, and Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, the captain of the guard, an Egyptian, had bought him from the Ishmaelites who had brought him down there.
Genesis 39:1

Joseph’s brothers had sold him to a caravan of Ishmaelites who were on their way to Egypt.  When the Ishmaelites reached Egypt they sold Joseph to Potiphar.   We are told two things about him: he was the captain of Pharaoh’s  guard and he was an Egyptian.  Saying  he was captain of the guard makes sense.  It gives us some information about who Potiphar was.  But saying he was an Egyptian seems redundant.  He lived in Egypt and was an officer of Pharaoh.  What could he be except an Egyptian?

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A lamp or a flashlight?

Imagine that you have to go somewhere at night on a road that has no lights on it.  You will need to take a source of light with you and there are two available.  One is a flashlight and the other is an oil lamp.  The flashlight has fresh batteries and you can see a long distance by its light.  The lamp only gives off enough light to illuminate the area immediately around you.  Which one would you choose?

This question is a no-brainer.  With the flashlight you could see a long way ahead and know what to expect as you travel.  You wouldn’t be surprised by unexpected obstacles.  When you use a lamp only the area immediately around is illuminated and you have no idea what lies further ahead.  If there are obstacles you won’t know about them until you reach them.

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Earth 2.0

NASA scientists have discovered a planet they named Kepler-452b but which is also called Earth 2.0 because it is more like earth than any other planet yet discovered.  Because of its similarity there is speculation that it might contain life similar to that found on earth.

Dr. Jeff Schweitzer wrote an article in Huffington Post called Earth 2.0: Bad News for God in which he claimed that the discovery of life on this planet would be evidence that the Bible is not true.  Here is the link:  Earth 2.0: Bad News for God .

The article shows he hasn’t read the Bible very carefully.

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Tumnus’s bookshelf

In The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe Lucy enters a magic wardrobe and goes through it into the land of Narnia.  There she meets a faun named Tumnus and is invited to his home for tea.  In his house is a shelf filled with books and we are told the names of four of them: Is Man a Myth?Men, Monks, and Gamekeepers: A Study in Popular Legend, The Life and Letters of Silenus, and Nymphs and Their Ways.  Have you ever wondered what the names of some of the other books might be?  I never have but I found this site, Into the wardrobe , which suggests possible titles and I am listing some of them below.  (If you have never read The Chronicles of Narnia this list won’t make any sense but if you have you will probably enjoy it.)

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The Christian’s cell phone

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

How can we pray without ceasing?  Do we have to stop all of our other activities and kneel down and spend the rest of our lives doing nothing but praying?

If you are someplace where there are a lot of people you will probably see some of them demonstrating how to obey this command.  They are talking on a cell phone while going about their regular activities.  You could say that when we were saved God gave each of us a cell phone that we could use to keep in touch with him all of the time no matter what else we might be doing.

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Gay marriage and same sex marriage

I believe in gay marriage.  Gay people have the same right to marry that straight people do.

I believe that God established marriage as a union between a man and a woman.  A “marriage” between two men and two women is a sin.

Do these statements seem contradictory to you?  There is a lot of confusion on this subject because most people use the terms “gay marriage” and “same sex marriage” interchangeably.  In fact they do not mean the same thing.

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