John Oakes

Monday, 12 February 2018 15:47

Q: Which is preferred, the local or the global flood theory for the Genesis flood?


I would like to hear your thoughts in regards to the matter of Noah's Flood. In the past, I embraced the idea that the Flood was a global event and that the local flood view was unbiblical. However, afterpangea Earth reading some articles by various Christians, I've come to approve of the local flood view. From what I have read on your website, it seems that you hold to the global flood view but don't see the local flood view as heretical. However, you seems to have issues with the local flood view, which I understand.  I have decided to send a link to an article that deals with the issue of Noah's flood as I think you will find it quite interesting. It is by James Rochford on his website: In his article, he examines the global and local flood viewpoints. He argues that the global flood view is unbiblical. He cites Psalm 104:9, and relies on the meaning of certain Hebrew words, and utilizes various evidences to support his view. What are your thoughts on the claims of these articles? 

Tuesday, 09 January 2018 21:36

Q: Some say Jesus cannot be the Messiah because no man can die for another's sins. Does this make sense?


Hello, I was watching a video debate between a Rabbi and a Pastor recently, where the Rabbi stated Jesus could not be the Messiah because no man can die for another man's sins. There is also a articleMessiah walking on why Jesus could not be the Messiah, I was wondering if you could help me a bit here and comment on these claims? Thank you in advance.   Here's the article;

Monday, 16 October 2017 15:21

Q: If everything God created is good, then why did Saul receive "an evil spirit from the Lord"?


In 1 Samuel 19:9, it reads, "But an evil spirit from the Lord....". How can there be an evil spirit from God, since there is no evil in Him? I've looked at several translations, and they are all the same. Can you explain this one? What is Passion Satanmeant by this? Thank you.

Tuesday, 15 August 2017 01:07

Q: In what sense is Jesus a prophet like Moses (Deut 18:18)?

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I wanted to ask about how JESUS OUR LORD fulfilled the prophecy of the PROPHET LIKE MOSES. Did Moses mean he would be like him in life similarities such as his infancy in Egypt, being rejected, etc. or more because of the miracles he worked? Thanks in advance,

Saturday, 17 June 2017 20:06

Q: Was the idea of Satan as the enemy of God created in the 2nd century BC?


I have a question regarding an article that was posted a few days ago. In this article it talks about how Satan is linked to the serpent in Genesis. The author then goes on to state that the idea of a "prince of darkness" only came about in Satanthe 2nd and 1st centuries BC and the idea of Satan was then linked to the serpent. It also makes mention of the dragon in Revelation among various other things. If this is true then it seems that the idea of Satan is just a later add-on doctrine. Michael Heiser also wrote an article concerning the absence of Satan in the Old Testament and in particular he cited Job. Some who are skeptical would say that Jesus was following the theology of his day. I was wondering how we explain this. Here are the articles below.........
Thursday, 11 May 2017 00:56

Q: How do I explain apparent contradictions in the four gospels?


This is a question that has been bothering me quite a bit for a long time. It can be easily seen that there are differences in the four gospels on certain events. For instance, Jesus says to bring a donkey and its colt for the ride to Jerusalem in Matthew, while it is mentioned in the other 3 gospels that He asked for a colt only. In Matthew, Jesus gives a sermon on a mountain and the teachings of that sermon can also be found in Luke but nothing about preaching on a mountain is mentioned. Is it possible that Jesus repeated the Sermon on the Mount at different places in an elaborated way?  There are some more of these differences between the gospels. How do we deal with such differences?  I also want to know how Luke elaborated the teachings of Jesus on the mount--saying more than what can be seen in Matthew. The last thing I want to know is that how can Mark's and Luke's gospels be based on the original life of Jesus even though they were never with him? The book of Matthew and John makes sense because they were with Jesus and they received the Holy Spirit after the departure of Jesus from this world.  Even if Mark and Luke were writing the gospel with a lot of studying and inquiry from witnesses, how can we be sure that their books were written in the guidance of the Holy Spirit? I believe that since both Luke and Mark were disciples/campanions of Paul (see 2 Timothy 4:11), they had the Spirit with them. What are your thoughts?mountain
Tuesday, 02 May 2017 02:19

Q: How can we explain the changed lives of those who have merely "prayed Jesus into their hearts?"


In spite of the clear teaching in the Bible about being baptized as a necessary part of the miracle of regeneration, how do you explain people's denominational experience of a changed life when they "prayed Jesus into their heart?"eligious-experience
Tuesday, 28 February 2017 14:54

Q: Is there a specific prophecy in the Old Testament that says the Messiah will be resurrected?


I know we have many prophecies of Christ in the OT, but I did not find one that says 'He will rise from the dead'.  Is there any verse that explicitly states this? Or is it as He said to the doubting people the only evidence He will give them is the sign of Prophet Jonah who was in the belly of the fish for 3 days.  Is this sufficient to imply the resurrection?whaleshark Jonah
Thursday, 09 February 2017 14:48

Q: Why do some commentators break the 70 "weeks" of Daniel 9 into the first 69 "weeks" with the seventieth week still in the future?

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On what basis do some commentators say the 70th week of Daniel 9:27 is still in the future? Why would the 70 week prophecy be broken down as 69 continuous weeks with the 70th week potentially some 2000 years detached from 69th week?
Wednesday, 11 January 2017 02:25

Q: Is it credible that Jesus' resurrection story was borrowed from the myths about Horus or Osiris?


People say that the story of Jesus' resurrection is copied from the Egyptian myth about the gods Horus and Isis. Is this claim credible?horusisis

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