Fourth Sunday in Lent

March 18, 2012
See Also: 
Reading 1: 
Numbers 21:4-9
Reading 2: 
Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22
Reading 3: 
Ephesians 2:1-10
Reading 4: 
John 3:14-21
By Paul S. Nancarrow

Numbers 21:4-9

Biblical Interpretation

If people can become demon possessed, why didn't God warn Moses about this when He warned him about sin (10 commandments)? Why wasn't Adam deceived? Wasn't Adam with Eve when the serpent deceived her, Adam ate also, after Eve. Why did God sentence man to death and hell but woman through childbirth is saved? (OT) If we have dominion over animals, why can they eat us? God is an image of light, was Adam created in His image, or mans? Seth was like Adam, was he different? If Noah was the 8th person, does that make Adam and Seth different? Is the garden of Eden in heaven? Why does Jesus say if you cast out devils in his name he will tell you to depart you that work iniquity? Didn't demons and devils originate in Babylon? Why did the Jews adopt the Babylonian Talmud? Have you seen the tabernacles on Mount Carmel that Daniel spoke of?
Publication Month: 
March 1999
Author - First Name: 
John B.
Author - Last Name: 
Cobb, Jr.

Dr. Cobb's Response

This set of questions arises from a way of reading the Bible that creates endless difficulties and confusions. It might be possible to deal with them one by one and give some kind of sensible answer, but that would not be very helpful. I will instead offer a few comments from a specifically process perspective, recognizing that most of what I say could be asserted by almost any Bible scholar in the oldline churches.

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