Reasons to Believe

Bible Difficulties

  • Is Sexual Orientation Biological?

    A recent study, "Gay Men, Straight Women Have Similar Brains," seems to provide evidence for a biological basis for homosexuality. Researchers found that gay men and straight women share similar brain … more

  • Animal Sacrifices

    Recently someone asked me a question concerning animal sacrifices in the Bible. Her specific question was: “Why did God allow man to use animals for sacrifice? Doesn’t he care about the … more

  • Does the Bible promote fascism?

    A caller on a recent broadcast of the Michael Medved Show said that the Bible advocated fascism. He argued that the Old Testament called for an absolute theocracy administered by kings, and that such … more

  • Does the Bible Condone Slavery?

    Slavery is defined as the state of involuntary (forced) servitude. This practice was an entrenched institution in much of the ancient world. Since slavery is today considered a great moral evil, some … more

  • Jesus' Personal Conversation with Pontius Pilate

    Skeptical Objection: How could the Gospel writers possibly know the content of Jesus’ “private” conversation with Pontius Pilate that took place just before his crucifixion (e.g., … more

  • Does Old-Earth Creationism Contradict Genesis 1?

    Introduction and BackgroundAn article by Dr. Terry Mortenson -- "Evolution vs. Creation: the Order of Events Matters" -- claims long creation days only seem reasonable to those who pay insufficient … more

  • Why Aren't There Any 900-Year Old Human Fossils?

    "You don't really believe that humans lived to be 900 years old, do you?" A well-known local atheist posed this question last spring (2005) when I spoke in Albany, New York. For many skeptics the long … more

  • Hezekiah’s Tunnel

    TNRTB Archive - Retained for reference information

    Skeptics have long denied that the tunnel built to move water from the Gihon spring to the Pool of Siloam in Jerusalem is the tunnel, described in 2 … more

  • The Christmas Star

    The only known account of the wise men and of the astronomical event that spurred them to action is found in the book of Matthew. This dramatic story has generated numerous articles, books, songs, and … more

  • Any Lost Books?

    by Gregory Koukl

    Many bookstores carry titles in the religious section suggesting the discovery of lost books of the Bible. The Gospel of Thomas, unearthed in the Nag Hammadi library in Upper Egypt … more