When was the apostle Paul's name changed from Saul to Paul and who changed it?

There is a common thought that the Apostle Paul received a miraculous change of name as he began his ministry.  Some might suppose that the change occurred at the time of his dramatic conversion ( Acts 9:1-31). However, there is no mention of a name change in this context. ​

The book of Acts uses the name Saul […]

March 17th, 2019|Bible and Bible Characters|

Why was Saul jealous of David?

God chose the strong, capable Saul as Israel’s first king. Saul began his reign humbly and reverently.   

However, over time, King Saul put his desires before God’s will and over Israel’s well-being.  Saul’s reverence for God gradually diminished.

Once, Saul was instructed to wait seven days for the prophet Samuel to offer a sacrifice. But Saul […]

February 18th, 2019|Bible and Bible Characters|

What are Ancient Manuscripts? and why are they important?

Ancient manuscripts are texts “written” (Latin: scripta) “by hand” (Latin: manu) that date far back into the past.  Where biblical manuscripts are concerned, ancients manuscripts are very important because the older they are, the closer they tend to be to the original text.  ​

This is vital if we want to know what was actually said by […]

February 5th, 2019|Bible and Bible Characters, Miscellaneous Bible Questions|

Who was Mary Magdalena to Jesus?

Mary Magdalene was a Jewish woman who suffered from demon possession. There are only twelve verses in the Bible, specifically in the Gospels, where Mary Magdalene is mentioned by name. Mark 16:9 (KJV,) "Now when Jesus was risen early the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had cast seven devils." After His resurrection, the Lord […]

February 1st, 2019|Bible and Bible Characters, Jesus’ Life, Teachings, and Death|

When God appeared to Moses, the bush was on fire but was not burnt up. Question: what does that scene stand for?

When the bush was on fire but not consumed, it was an indication that something supernatural was happening. This unnatural occurrence attracted Moses’s attention.

Exodus 3:2-6, “And the Angel of the LORD appeared to him in a flame of fire from the midst of a bush. So he looked, and behold, the bush was burning with […]

February 1st, 2019|Bible and Bible Characters, Miracles, Miscellaneous Bible Questions|

What do I do before I try to understand the Bible?

James 4:8 (NIV), "Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded." When we approach God, we should come with pure, sincere, humble hearts. If we are sinning, we need to "wash," – stop sinning and ask for forgiveness through Jesus.

We are also not to come with a […]

Why could God not forgive Adam and Eve after He chased them from the Garden of Eden?

God acts on the principles which define His very character: justice, love, power, and wisdom. The Psalmist says in Psalm 89:14 “Justice and judgment are the habitation of thy throne: mercy and truth shall go before thy face”. The foundation of God’s law is justice. Justice operates with mercy, but justice must also be met.

When […]

December 13th, 2018|Bible and Bible Characters, God, Faith, Salvation and Ransom|

Why is it that some Bible verses are removed from the Bible? For example, Matthew 18:11, John 5:4 are not in the NIV.

The New Testament was written in the Greek language. In 1604 King James I ordered a more accurate translation of the existing English Bibles. The King James Bible or Authorized version was translated into English by a group of some 50 scholars. At that time, they had less than ten Greek manuscripts to work from, […]

December 6th, 2018|Bible and Bible Characters, Miscellaneous Bible Questions|

God can't lie. But He instructed Adam that he would surely die in the day he disobeyed. However, Adam lived 930 years before he died!

The Apostle Peter gives us the key to this question when he wrote, "One day with the Lord is as a thousand years," (2 Peter 3:8). Father Adam began to die as soon as he was barred from the garden of Eden. 

In the garden, he could eat from all the trees bearing edible fruit and also […]

November 29th, 2018|Bible and Bible Characters|

Who are some heroes in the Bible and what makes them become a hero?

To become a hero, God first requires a person to have faith. Hebrews 11:6 (NIV), “without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” The entire chapter of Hebrews 11 lists biblical heroes, which include: Abel, […]

November 17th, 2018|Bible and Bible Characters|