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Welcome to the podcast home of The BEST of the Bible Answer Man broadcast! The Best of BAM is a highlight of the best segments from the weekly broadcasts, where Hank Hanegraaff and his guests seek to offer well-reasoned answers to equip you in the essentials of the historic Christian faith and strengthen your walk with the Lord. And remember, when it comes to the essentials, there must be unity. In other words, "In essentials, unity; nonessentials, liberty; and in all things, charity."
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast, Hank answers the following questions:Why would somebody want to go to heaven and be around a God who was torturing other people for eternity?Does God view all sins the same?In John 10:25-29, what determines if you are Jesus’ sheep? If you accept Christ but don’t follow him, are you still his sheep?What’s the correlation between the book of Revelation and the times we are going through right now?
On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (09/17/20), Hank examines the idea that God has two separate plans for the mythological dispensational concept of two separate peoples—Israel and the church. In reality, just as there has always been only one chosen people who form one covenant community characterized in Scripture by one cultivated olive tree, so too there is only one distinct plan for what Ephesians chapter 2 characterizes as “the one true humanity” of God. The pretext that God postponed the original plan for Israel and initiated a parenthetical plan for the church—a plan that abruptly ends with a pretribulational rapture—entirely misses the point. In the second segment of the broadcast, Hank argues that like the presupposition that God has two distinct people for whom He has two distinct plans, the pretext that there are two distinct phases in the second coming of Christ is little more than the product of a fertile imagination. Rather, when Christ appears a second time, the kingdom that was inaugurated at His first appearing will be consummated—in the words of St. Peter—in “a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness.” For further information please see The Apocalypse Code https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-the-apocalypse-code-for-gift/
On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (09/16/20), Hank highlights an article in the brand new edition of the Christian Research Journal https://www.equip.org/product/crj-subscription/ titled, “Symbolic Immortality Projects Can’t Save You” by Clay Jones, who is also the author of the featured resource of the month, Immortal: How the Fear of Death Drives Us and What We Can Do About It. https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-cri2009wa/ In the article, Jones explains what symbolic immortality projects are—humankind’s attempts to avoid the finality of death through various activities such as having children, writing a book, or creating a work of art—and why they all ultimately fail. “After all,” says Jones, “symbolic immortality is only symbolic—when you die, you’re still dead.”Hank also answers the following questions:Can a Christian be demon controlled?In Romans chapter 11, the Apostle Paul says that all of Israel will be saved. Does this imply that Jews who do not accept Jesus will be saved?
On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (09/15/20), Hank talks about the heart of dispensational eschatology. In 1831—the same year that Charles Darwin left England and sailed into evolutionary infamy—another nineteenth-century dogma with profound consequences for the history of humanity was birthed in the British Isles. That year John Nelson Darby, a disillusioned priest, left the Church of England and joined the Plymouth Brethren. In much the same way that Darwin imposed a speculative spin on the scientific data he encountered along the South American coasts of Patagonia, Darby imposed a subjective spin on the scriptural data he encountered in the city of Plymouth. Darby contended that God had two distinct people with two distinct plans and two distinct destinies. Only one of the peoples—the Jews—would suffer tribulation. The other—the church—would be removed from the world in a secret coming seven years prior to the second coming of Christ. Darby’s distinctive twist on Scripture would come to be known as dispensational eschatology. In previous generations, dispensationalists were content to be mere spectators to unfolding events. Today’s brand, however, is bent on ensuring that the horrors of Armageddon become a self-fulfilling prophecy. If the evangelical death march toward the endgame of Armageddon is to be subverted, it will be because believers recommit themselves to faithful illumination or faithful exegesis—to mine what the Spirit has breathed into the Scriptures as opposed to reading our own predilections into the text. For further information please see The Apocalypse Code https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-the-apocalypse-code-for-gift/Hank also answers the following question:How should we as Christians vote?
On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (09/14/20), Hank sets out to accomplish two things. The first is to establish a proper reading of the book of Genesis. The second is to appeal to a proper understanding of the book of nature. Does the book of Genesis really commit us to believing in a 6000-year-old universe? And what does the book of nature tell us respecting the issue of age? Over the years Ken Ham and Answers in Genesis have decried the notion that Hank does not hold to the young-earth creationist perspective. A perspective that views the earth and universe as being in the neighborhood of six thousand years old. “Hanegraaff’s problem,” says Ham, “is his unwillingness to understand Genesis in its most natural form—as a historical narrative.” This, however, is far from true. Hank firmly believes that Genesis is a historical narrative. But it’s much, much more than that.Hank also answers the following questions:I’ve been struggling with something that happened to me a few years ago and came across 2 Thessalonians 2:11. Did I experience this strong delusion?Abortion on the one hand is murder, but on the other hand, abortion has saved millions from eternal perdition. Your thoughts?
On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast, Hank talks about Jonathan Cahn, author of The Harbinger, The Mystery of the Shemitah, The Paradigm, and now The Harbinger II: The Return, who claims that there is a mystery to be revealed in our time through his prophetic powers—a mystery behind major world events, particularly those affecting America. Cahn alone has figured out their mystery and pattern—His claim is that such events constitute or portend modern divine judgments, just as calamitous events in ancient Israel’s history were divine judgments for sin. The first thing we ought to note when reading these kinds of claims is that Cahn is a master of the selling of fear. It’s a financial bonanza for anyone who does it well. Think back to Y2K—Under Y2K selling fear was hugely profitable for megachurch pastors—but bankrupted many parishioners. The real tragedy is not that men like Jonathan Cahn are using current events as the pretext for selling fear, the real tragedy is that their messages and manuscripts are now being promoted by mainstream ministers and ministries. We need to commit ourselves to developing the necessary skills to discern wheat from chaff and heat from light. If we do, the next time we face the selling and subjectivism of Christian sensationalists, Christians will be unified around truth rather than divided by error. For further information please see The Apocalypse Code. https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-the-apocalypse-code-for-gift/
On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (09/11/20), Hank recalls one of the most epic events in American history that took place nineteen years ago today, the Manhattan massacre of September 11, 2001. And yet in those nineteen years, we have largely become complacent to the Islamic terrorism that spawned its devastation. Some have forgotten, others blithely unaware of the reality that Islam is the only significant religious system in the history of the human race with a socio-political structure of laws that mandate violence against the infidel. That this graphic global reality makes Islam a religious ideology espousing terrorism as a permanent policy rather than a temporary expedient. Tragically, the current narrative is that to tell the truth in this regard is tantamount to radicalizing Muslims and exacerbating hostilities that might otherwise lie dormant. That narrative is, of course, patently false. We are at a tipping point in history. While squarely in the blind spot of the West, Christians in the Middle East face mass genocide. Concurrently, a demographic time bomb threatens a Western world seemingly blind to the polygamous rush of migrant Muslims filling the vacuum left by aging, dying, and aborted Europeans. The only real solution to a disintegrating West and resurgent Islam is the power of the Gospel. Thus, says Hank, it is crucial for the church to awaken from a diabetic coma brought on by a steady diet of fast-food Christianity. We must not only be intellectually equipped to communicate the truth of the gospel via answers, biblical literacy, and countering cults—but also be internally equipped during this anti-Judeo-Christian moment. What that means is that the church must be energized for its mission—by a power that is in it but not of it, as underscored by the Apostle Paul in Colossians 1:29. This is the energy that alone is sufficient to empower a twenty-first-century Pentecost moment.
On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (09/10/20), Hank returns to his series on exegetical eschatology, focusing on the use of fantasy imagery in the Bible. Imagery such as a red dragon with seven heads and ten horns and a beast that resembles a leopard with feet like a bear and a mouth like a lion. Such fantasy images do not correspond to anything in the real world. Yet, though unreal, they provide a realistic means by which to ponder reality. Fantasy imagery, of course, is fraught with danger. That danger, however, does not lie in its use, but in its abuse. In Revelation chapter 12 Saint John describes the aforementioned red dragon whose tail “swept a third of the stars out of the sky and flung them to the earth.” Interpreting such imagery in a literalistic fashion misses the point of the passage. To read the Bible for all it’s worth, it is crucial to read it as literature, paying close attention to form, figurative language, and fantasy imagery. And while the Scriptures must indeed be read as literature, we must ever be mindful that the Bible is not merely literature. The Scriptures are uniquely inspired by the Spirit. For further information please see The Apocalypse Code. https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-the-apocalypse-code-for-gift/Hank also answers the following questions:In John 10:25-29, what determines if you are Jesus’ sheep? If you accept Christ but don’t follow him, are you still his sheep?What’s the correlation between the book of Revelation and the times we are going through right now?
On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (09/09/20), Hank answers the following questions:Why would somebody want to go to heaven and be around a God who was torturing other people for eternity?Does God view all sins the same?I always thought that hell was a place of weeping and gnashing of teeth, is this not the case? Will we know of loved ones who don’t make it to heaven?I believe that when we die, the righteous will be raised and the wicked will be destroyed when Jesus comes. Daniel is not in heaven, and if Daniel is not in heaven, none of us go to heaven when we die. Your thoughts?
On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (09/08/20), Hank returns to his discussion on figurative language in the Bible, focusing on the Bible’s use of hyperbole, which employs exaggeration for effect or emphasis. If you step on a scale and exclaim “Oh my goodness, I weigh a ton!” you are obviously not intending to say that you literally weigh two thousand pounds. While hyperbole is commonly used in our culture, it is virtually ubiquitous in the Bible. This is particularly true of prophetic passages. In prophesying Jerusalem’s destruction, Jesus says, “For then there will be great distress unequaled from the beginning of the world until now—and never to be equaled again.” In doing so, he was not literally predicting that the destruction of Jerusalem would be more cataclysmic than the catastrophe caused by Noah’s flood. Rather, he was using apocalyptic hyperbole to underscore the distress and devastation that would be experienced when Jerusalem and its temple were judged. Unfortunately, modern-day prophecy peddlers turn apocalyptic hyperbole into woodenly literalistic interpretations and as a result, Christ’s name is dragged through the mud. For further information please see The Apocalypse Code. https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-the-apocalypse-code-for-gift/Hank also answers the following questions:I was reading the story of Cain and Abel and was wondering, where did these other people and cities come from?I believe that there is just one Israel of God, would supersessionism be an accurate term for this belief?Can you tell me anything about Ken Ham? He’s been really going at you because of your broadcast last week on dinosaurs.
God’s Labor Day

God’s Labor Day

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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (09/07/20), Hank wishes all of you a happy Labor Day and goes into detail on the Labor Day holiday that God gave us long before the government did—our Sabbath Day rest. Just as we are resting today on Labor Day, the Lord commands us to rest on the Sabbath each week. “Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your ox, your donkey or any of your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns, so that your male and female servants may rest, as you do” (Deut. 5:13-14 NIV). So our Labor Day holiday according to God is our Sabbath Day rest, which begs the question: why do Christians rest from their labor on the first day of the week (Sunday), rather than the last day of the week (Saturday)? The answer, says Hank, is encapsulated in just one word—resurrection. Hank also discusses something else that comes to his mind when he thinks about the word labor, and that is what Paul says in 1 Corinthians chapter 3, that each person is going to be rewarded according to their own labor. In other words, what we do now in this life counts for all eternity. Hank uses the illustration of his invitation to play Cypress Point, which he claims to be the most spectacular golf course on Earth. For months he beat his body into submission while dreaming of the day he would experience walking its fairways. Without his strenuous preparations he would have still experienced the same breathtaking views, however, all his hard work added immeasurably to his experience. That is how heaven will be like. As phenomenal as Cypress Point is, it pales by comparison to what paradise restored will be. Hank spent one day at a golf haven; he will spend an eternity in God’s heaven. It stands to reason, therefore, that he would put a lot more labor into preparing for an eternity in heaven with God than he did for playing eighteen holes of golf.
On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast, Hank examines a quote from Steve Jobs, the former chairman, chief executive officer, and co-founder of Apple who passed away in 2011. Jobs is quoted as saying, “Remembering that I'll be dead soon is the most important tool I've ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life.” But upon reading that quote, Hank thought about a change he would make to apply the quote to himself, which is that knowing that he would live forever in eternity is the most important realization he has ever encountered to guide him into making the major choices in this life. Because everything, all externalities—pride, embarrassment, fear of failure—evaporate in the face of immortality, leaving only what is truly important in light of eternity. Hank also answers the following questions:It seems like 1 Corinthians chapter 8 says that it is acceptable to eat meat that was sacrificed to idols, but chapter 10 tells us to not eat of it. Can you explain this?In the New Creation, would humanity’s relationship with animals return to what it was in the Garden of Eden?In Numbers 22:21-39, why would God favor the donkey over the life of Balaam?I believe I’m involved in a cult, can you help me?
On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (09/04/20), Hank talks about Jonathan Cahn, author of The Harbinger, The Mystery of the Shemitah, The Paradigm, and now The Harbinger II: The Return, who claims that there is a mystery to be revealed in our time through his prophetic powers—a mystery behind major world events, particularly those affecting America. Cahn alone has figured out their mystery and pattern—His claim is that such events constitute or portend modern divine judgments, just as calamitous events in ancient Israel’s history were divine judgments for sin. The first thing we ought to note when reading these kinds of claims is that Cahn is a master of the selling of fear. It’s a financial bonanza for anyone who does it well. Think back to Y2K—Under Y2K selling fear was hugely profitable for megachurch pastors—but bankrupted many parishioners. The real tragedy is not that men like Jonathan Cahn are using current events as the pretext for selling fear, the real tragedy is that their messages and manuscripts are now being promoted by mainstream ministers and ministries. We need to commit ourselves to developing the necessary skills to discern wheat from chaff and heat from light. If we do, the next time we face the selling and subjectivism of Christian sensationalists, Christians will be unified around truth rather than divided by error. For further information please see The Apocalypse Code. https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-the-apocalypse-code-for-gift/
On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (09/03/20), Hank follows up on a question he was asked on yesterday’s broadcast on whether dinosaurs and human beings lived during the same time period. The short answer is no, as Hank said yesterday. But unfortunately, if you were to look up that question online, you would find out that the internet is awash with supposed evidence that points in the exact opposite direction. Young Earth creationists point to human footprints discovered alongside dinosaur tracks in the Paluxy Riverbed of Glen Rose, Texas. And so it is argued that these footprints in stone prove not only that dinosaurs lived contemporaneously with human beings, but that the world is a mere six thousand years old. In truth, while footprints of carnivorous dinosaurs are in evidence, there’s no compelling evidence whatsoever for human footprints in the same time and space. In fact, many prints claimed to be human are merely erosion patterns—an illustration of wish giving birth to reality. For further information please see The Creation Answer book https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-the-creation-answer-book/Hank also answers the following questions:Is Ecclesiastes 3:18-21 referring to the spirit of animals going up or is it just humans? Is there anything in the Bible that says what happens to the soul of an animal?Are you on board with the verse in Genesis chapter 6 where it says that the angels looked upon man and saw their beauty and procreated with them?
On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (09/02/20), Hank returns to his series on exegetical eschatology, focusing on how crucial it is to recognize that Scripture is replete with figurative language. Figurative language requires readers to use their imagination to comprehend what the author is driving at. Such imaginative leaps are the rule rather than the exception. There are a wide variety of ways in which the inspired authors of the biblical text employ figurative language. The three most basic literary terms used to classify these figures of speech are metaphor, simile, and hyperbole. Biblical metaphors are never to be regarded as vacuous occasions for subjective flights of fantasy. On the contrary, biblical metaphors are always objectively meaningful, authoritative, and true. Metaphors have teeth—some are especially sharp. For further study please see The Apocalypse Code https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-the-apocalypse-code-for-gift/Hank also answers the following questions:What does the Bible say about extraterrestrial life? Does the Bible mention dinosaurs?Can you give us a preview on what you are going to say concerning Jonathan Cahn on an upcoming broadcast?I just joined this church called the Philadelphia Church of God, do you know anything about this church?
On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (09/01/20), Hank recounts thinking many years ago about how impossible it would be to actually live in the year 2020, having no perspective on how this year would actually unfold. In reality, it has unfolded with a pandemic, and pandemics cause us to think about our own mortality and the fact that life is so very, very fragile. The book we are featuring this month, Immortal: How the Fear of Death Drives Us and What We Can Do About It by Clay Jones teaches us precisely what we can do about it. For millions of materialists, death is the absolute end of our conscious existence. And it’s the prospect of that oblivion that drives so many to engage in life-long mortality mitigation projects, desperately trying to achieve symbolic immortality. The profound and utter folly, says Hank, is that millions upon millions of people will spend the entirety of their lives seeking to achieve an immortality that they actually already have—but it is not even remotely close to what they might imagine. That is, at death our bodies die, but never our souls. We are indeed immortal, but not in a way that the materialist mind can comprehend. This is why Clay Jones’ new book Immortal is both timely and highly relevant, and not just for the secularist, but for you as a Christian. This book is important because it speaks to the resplendent glory that awaits all of us.https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-cri2009wa/
On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (08/31/20), Hank reminds listeners that today is the last day that we are featuring three incredible resources, the films Living Waters: Intelligent Design in the Oceans of the Earth, Origin: Unlocking the Mystery of Life, and King of Creation: Meditations on God’s Wisdom and Works. https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-cri2008wa/There are no better films for the whole family to fall in love with the Creator as we marvel at His creation. The power of cinema clearly conveys the complexity of the universe and the films by Illustra Media provide viewers with an exhilarating evangelistic experience to expand the kingdom of God on Heaven and Earth.Hank also answers the following questions:Does Christianity require that Christians say that people who have knowledge of the Bible but still don’t believe are being unreasonable?Do you think any of the apostles had the revelation that Jesus was God in the flesh before the day of Pentecost?
On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast, Hank revisits presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s recent address to the Million Muslim Votes Summit, an event that was hosted by Emgage, an organization founded and led by Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas advocates. In his address, Biden claims that Islam is “one of the great confessional faiths” and that “what people don’t realize is that we all come from the same root here in terms of our fundamental, basic beliefs.” But as a presidential candidate who regards theology his avocation surely knows, the difference between Christianity and Islam is that of day and night. When you lay the straight stick of essential Christian doctrine next to the Islamic counterfeit, its crookedness is readily apparent. Biden also invokes during his address an ominous Sharia maxim straight from the lips of Muhammad, “Whomever among you sees a wrong, let him change it with his hand. If he is not able, then with his tongue. If he is not able, then with his heart.” This is Islamic code of saying that true Muslims must use force if they are in the position to do so; but if the enemy is too strong, then wage war with your tongue; and if you can’t do that, then strive with hatred in your heart toward those who rebel against Sharia. Western elites like Biden must come to their senses and insist that Muslims abdicate Sharia practices that militate against Western jurisprudence.
On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (08/28/20), Hank welcomes director, producer, and writer Lad Allen to discuss a film that he has produced titled, King of Creation: Meditations on God’s Wisdom & Works. Photographed in high definition, King of Creation is a tapestry of breathtaking views of our planet and universe, beloved passages of Scripture, and timeless hymns of the Christian faith, all seamlessly woven into a unique and deeply touching message of encouragement and hope. https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-cri2008wa/
On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (08/27/20), Hank continues his discussion on exegetical eschatology, emphasizing that we need to exegete—that is, that we need to take out of the Scriptures what the Holy Spirit has placed within them. This is of course in opposition to eisegesis, where you impose a paradigm on the Scripture and then interpret that Scripture in light of your paradigm. Hank brings up popular television personality Bill Maher, who has made a cottage industry out of ridiculing religion. In an interview with the Chicago Sun-Times, Maher dogmatically pontificated that the Bible was written in parables, going on to say that “it’s the idiots today who take the Bible literally.” To dogmatically assert that the Bible was written in parables and that those who read it literally must be idiots is at best an idiosyncratic form of fundamentalism. At worst, it’s a serious misunderstanding of the literal principle of biblical interpretation, which is, to interpret the Bible literally means that you’re going to interpret the Bible as literature. The Bible of course does contain parables, but it’s not entirely parabolic. If Maher had read the Scripture with an open mind; if he had paid attention to genre, grammar, syntax, semantics, and context; he would have realized that his bloviations are mere dogmatic assertions rather than being defensible arguments.Hank also answers the following questions:Regarding the seven churches mentioned in Revelation, would it be considered literalistic to not apply that beyond those first-century churches?In the New Creation, would humanity’s relationship with animals return to what it was in the Garden of Eden?In Numbers 22:21-39, why would God favor the donkey over the life of Balaam?I believe I’m involved in a cult, can you help me?
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Kelly Petruzzi-Hiller

why do we need to count on deceased saints to pray 4 us when we have the earthy body of Christ here to pray?

May 23rd
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Just an Opinion...

Who cares? One of the best arguments against religion is seeing how many people are worried about dogma and doctrines from a time when people believed that the universe revolved around earth. They didn't know about germs, scientific knowledge or even what causes lightening. And yet millions of people take advice and seek wisdom from iron and bronze age cultures. Unbelievable!

May 21st
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