Bible Answer Man Podcast with Hank Hanegraaff

Hank Hanegraaff

Welcome to the podcast of the Bible Answer Man broadcast with bestselling author and CRI President Hank Hanegraaff! On the Bible Answer Man broadcast, Hank answers your questions with well-reasoned answers to equip you in the essentials of the historic Christian faith and strengthen your walk with the Lord. When it comes to the essentials of Christianity, there must be unity: "In essentials, unity; nonessentials, liberty; and in all things, charity."

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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (12/06/21), Hank explains the meaning of the word Advent and the significance of not only the First Advent but how we can make the coming of Christ a daily experience as we await the final, glorious Advent of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Dec 6

28 min

On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast, Hank answers the following questions:What do you think about passages of Scripture that make belief in the Trinity difficult?Can you address the Jehovah’s Witnesses’ interpretation of Proverbs 8:22 regarding Jesus?Can you comment on Hebrews chapter 2 and the warning against falling away? Is this a warning to Jews?How can I help my son who is struggling with pornography? Could this be a generational curse?Is Isaiah 7:14 referring to the virgin birth of Christ or someone else?

Dec 4

28 min

On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (12/03/21), Hank answers pressing questions that are often asked this time of year concerning the claims of Christianity and the Christmas holiday. Hank underscores the majesty of Messianic prophecy, including Daniel’s prediction of events hundreds of years before the time of Christ; Isaiah’s virgin birth and suffering Servant prophecies; the details of Christ’s crucifixion, and the answer to Luke’s supposed census blunder.

Dec 3

28 min

On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (12/02/21), Hank shares his thoughts on the coming of Christ in flesh. The reason we rejoice at Christmas is because the baby born to Mary and Joseph was no ordinary child. This baby was the ultimate fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophecy of Immanuel: “God with us.” Although John’s Gospel does not include a narrative of Jesus’ birth, the doctrine of the Incarnation is beautifully summed up in his introduction: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God… And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.” The clear testimony of Scripture is that, in the Incarnation, Christ was one person with two natures; fully God and fully man. As Theanthropos, the God-Man, Jesus lived a perfectly sinless life and died a sinner’s death to atone, once for all, for the sins of humanity.Hank also answers the following questions:What happens to our soul when we die? What about the spirit?Can you explain what it means when Jesus says the days will be shortened in Matthew 24:22?Should we continue to observe the Sabbath as Jesus and the apostles did?Is the story of Jesus copied from stories of Egyptian gods?In Ezekiel 29, is the destruction of Egypt something that happened in the past or will this happen in the future?

Dec 2

28 min

On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (12/01/21), Hank addresses the common concern that comes up every year around this time regarding the validity of celebrating Christmas. It is true that when Christmas was originally instituted, December 25th was a pagan festival commemorating the birthday of a false god: Sol Invictus, the "Unconquered Sun." The reason early Christians chose December 25th was not to Christianize a pagan holiday but to set up a rival celebration pointing to the preeminence of the Lord Jesus Christ. While the world has all but forgotten the Greco-Roman gods of antiquity, they are annually reminded that two thousand years ago Christ invaded time and space.Hank also answers the following questions:Can you explain the mystery Paul talks about; is he talking about the rapture?How can I help Muslims understand that Jesus is the Son of God?What is your opinion on the age of the earth?Can a Christian be demon-possessed?Do you know anything about Pastor Greg Price? He believes Christians shouldn’t celebrate holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Dec 1

28 min

On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (11/30/21), Hank answers the following questions:Who said Jesus was born on December 25th? Where does the Bible say this?If Christians have been forgiven, why must we still stand before God in judgment?Do you know of any teaching that connects the “I AM” sayings of Jesus with the tabernacle?Are we breaking the fourth commandment by worshipping on Sunday?If God is omnipresent, how can hell be separation from the presence of God?Wouldn’t the Antichrist have to line up with Old Testament prophecy?

Nov 30

28 min

On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (11/29/21), Hank shares his thoughts on his devotional book, The Heart of Christmas. Many in our culture believe that Christ is merely the last name of Jesus. The truth, however, is that Christ is a title that means the Anointed One; the long-awaited Messiah who fulfilled all the types and shadows of the Old Testament. To understand the significance of Christ’s role, you must drink deeply from the wellspring of the Old Testament prophecy. Paul, in his letter to the Colossians, taught that the dietary laws, festivals, and the Sabbath of the Old Covenant were shadows of the things to come, which find their ultimate fulfillment in Jesus. He is the antitype of the Hebrew prophets and is shown to be greater than all the prophets through His miraculous ministry, His claims to be God, and the vindication of those claims through His resurrection.Hank also answers the following questions:Have you ever read Ecclesiastes chapter 6? I’ve noticed that many believers are not satisfied with what they have and end up being covetous.Why would God be interested in resurrecting us when we’re going to have glorified bodies anyway?My husband returned to the Roman Catholic Church and wants me and the children to convert. What would your advice be?I heard you speak about the Imago Dei; where can I find this in the Bible? Can you explain being led by the Spirit in Galatians chapter 5?

Nov 29

28 min

On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast, Hank shares his thoughts on the armor of God as it relates to death. The breastplate of righteousness can be considered a spiritual heart protector, but the helmet of salvation is a spiritual head protector that covers our minds in spiritual warfare and blunts the blow of death. Although cultural thanatologists may encourage us to accept death as a friend, Christian theology sees death as the enemy. This message radiates from the lips of Job who experienced not only the death of his livestock but of his children as well. Yet with an eternal perspective, he said, “For I know that my Redeemer lives, and at the last he will stand upon the earth. And after my skin has been thus destroyed, yet in my flesh I shall see God" (Job 19:25-26 ESV). In Christianity, death has been defeated through the resurrection of Jesus, and we know that God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep.Hank also answers the following questions:Can you define the belt of truth and the sword of the Spirit mentioned in Ephesians chapter 6?Does predestination mean that only a certain number of people will be saved, or can everyone call on Jesus and be saved?How do we know the Old Testament is not just ordinary history; how do we know God was really speaking to them?What are those who have died and gone to be with the Lord doing in heaven?How important is church attendance?

Nov 27

28 min

On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (11/26/21), Hank discusses America’s continued downward spiral. Currently, a total of eighteen states approve the recreational use of marijuana. The number of adults using marijuana doubled in the span of three years despite research showing that it weakens heart muscles and causes detectable alterations in the chemistry of the brain. Marijuana is not as benign as many think. There are also spiritual dangers associated with it, and it is used in the worship and spirituality of many religions around the world. The truth is, when people smoke or eat pot, there is no objective way to control the dosages. While the Bible doesn’t specifically address marijuana, the injunction against intoxication still applies.Hank also answers the following questions:In a liberal college atmosphere, what would be your advice for being honest about your faith without offending people?How is the use of marijuana different than alcohol or caffeine?I’m reading through the Bible and analyzing everything; what is your view on interpreting it literally or figuratively?

Nov 26

28 min

On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (11/25/21), Hank encourages all that are listening in to enjoy their time on Thanksgiving Day with family and friends to the extent that they can. Thanksgiving is a day that Hank looks forward to every year. Yet Thanksgiving is not just a day; it is a daily manner of life. It is a key that opens the gate of Christ and allows Christians to enter and gain access to all His wonderful provisions and even more profoundly into all the splendor of His Being. “Open for me the gates of the righteous,” wrote the Psalmist, “and I will enter and give thanks to the Lord. I will give you thanks, for you answered me; you have become my salvation.” In the Wisdom of Solomon, we read that “the hope of an unthankful man will melt like the wintry frost and flow away like useless water.” Thus, we are exhorted to arise each morning and thank our heavenly Father for the abundance of His mercies, for the blessing of the Lord will melt like ice—evaporate like worthless water—at the appearance of the first rays of sunshine.

Nov 25

28 min

On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (11/24/21), Hank answers the following questions:When we pray, should we only address the Father and not pray to Jesus?Were all those who perished in the flood bad people? What about the children and babies?How can I help my son who is struggling with pornography? Could this be a generational curse?Is Isaiah 7:14 referring to the virgin birth of Christ or someone else?

Nov 24

28 min

On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (11/23/21), Hank shares about his travels to Singapore and Cambodia, and the suffering he saw there, including the Khmer Rouge Killing Fields. Cambodia was once a prosperous country, but it has gone from a first-world country to a third-world country. This underscores what Lee Kuan Yew, first Prime Minister of Singapore, said: that all civilization is essentially fragile. The social experiment of Pol Pot led to the deaths of millions of people and is a sobering reminder that ideas have consequences. Cambodia’s culture is largely Buddhist, which is a religion that cannot offer hope. Buddhism teaches that all life is suffering, and the source of suffering is desire. Eliminating desire and attaining Nirvana is done through the eightfold path. In contrast to this, The Christian Research Institute has the unique opportunity to reach people around the world with the truth of Christianity.Hank also answers the following questions:How can I understand the idea of being absent from the body and present with the Lord, when the Bible talks about the dead rising first at the resurrection?When the Lord appeared to people in the Old Testament, was that a pre-incarnate appearance of Jesus?Is Malachi chapter 3 teaching that if I don’t tithe, I’ll be under a curse?

Nov 23

28 min

On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (11/22/21), Hank answers the following questions:What do you think about passages of Scripture that make belief in the Trinity difficult?Can you address the Jehovah’s Witnesses’ interpretation of Proverbs 8:22 regarding Jesus?Can you comment on Hebrews chapter 2 and the warning against falling away? Is this a warning to Jews?Is a marriage considered legitimate without a state license? What qualifies a couple to be married in the eyes of God?What is your interpretation of Luke 20:41-44?Which temple is being referenced in 2 Thessalonians chapter 2?

Nov 22

28 min

On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast, Hank answers the following questions:What do you think of the idea that Christians are only here to love homosexuals and not share the truth with them?I’ve heard you speak in the past about the errors of Joyce Meyer. My church is using her teaching for a women’s Bible study; what is your take on this?Do you think an egg is a good analogy for the Trinity?Since Jesus already sacrificed Himself for us, why does Ezekiel chapter 40 speak of animal sacrifices in a future temple?Is tithing still required today?I am an atheist and I do a lot of good things for people; in your view, will I still go to hell?

Nov 20

28 min

On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (11/19/21), Hank answers the following questions:Why do you think everything after the rapture is still in the book of Revelation? Do non-Christians have a second chance to be saved during the Tribulation?My wife and I are separated; how does what Jesus said about divorce differ from what Moses said? Can you explain the apostle Paul’s teaching on divorce as well?How do we know the Old Testament is not just ordinary history; how do we know God was really speaking to them?What are those who have died and gone to be with the Lord doing in heaven?How important is church attendance?

Nov 19

28 min

On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (11/18/21), Hank shares his thoughts on the armor of God as it relates to death. The breastplate of righteousness can be considered a spiritual heart protector, but the helmet of salvation is a spiritual head protector that covers our minds in spiritual warfare and blunts the blow of death. Although cultural thanatologists may encourage us to accept death as a friend, Christian theology sees death as the enemy. This message radiates from the lips of Job who experienced not only the death of his livestock but of his children as well. Yet with an eternal perspective, he said, “For I know that my Redeemer lives, and at the last he will stand upon the earth. And after my skin has been thus destroyed, yet in my flesh I shall see God" (Job 19:25-26 ESV). In Christianity, death has been defeated through the resurrection of Jesus, and we know that God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep.Hank also answers the following questions:Can you define the belt of truth and the sword of the Spirit mentioned in Ephesians chapter 6?Does predestination mean that only a certain number of people will be saved, or can everyone call on Jesus and be saved?Can you address Robert Jeffers’ interpretation of Genesis 16:12? Are the descendants of Ishmael, Muslims?Can you address the birth of the belief in the rapture?How can I have assurance of salvation?

Nov 18

28 min

On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (11/17/21), Hank answers the following questions:Didn’t the Sabbath change from Saturday to Sunday during the time of Constantine?What is your take on Replacement theology?Is it okay for a Christian to do yoga just for exercise?My fiancée and I have been together for ten years and have children together. I know we are living in sin; how should we handle this situation?When unbelievers die, will their spirits cease to exist at some point?

Nov 17

28 min

On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (11/16/21), Hank addresses Christian persecution throughout the world. Statistics tell us that between 2000 and 2010, eleven Christians were killed every hour. While this is a tragedy of unparalleled proportions, statistics don’t tell the whole story. They fail to speak of the church bombings in Baghdad; the slaughter of Christians in India, or the 200,000-400,000 Christians living in forced labor camps in North Korea. Those of us in the West should be alerted to not only the global war on Christians but to the growing hostility to religion in general and Christianity in particular. The danger of soft persecution in the West should warn us of the hard persecution being experienced by Christians all over the world. It’s time for us to wake up, stand up, and speak up.Hank also answers the following questions:In the parable of the laborers in the vineyard in Matthew 20:1-16, is God being unfair to people?Did Jesus exist prior to the incarnation? Who walked with Adam and Even in the Garden?I am a professor and after ten years, I am being forced out of my job for my beliefs. How can I sustain myself through this?

Nov 16

28 min

On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (11/15/21), Hank answers the following questions:Can a person deny the deity of Christ and the Trinity, and still be saved?I have been talking with a friend who claims that Jesus is the son of Pantera; how can I refute this?What is your view of Doug Batchelor and the Seventh-Day Adventist view of the Sabbath?What is a good commentary on the book of Daniel?Is 1 Corinthians 7:14 teaching that the children of believers are saved?I have some lesbian friends; am I enabling them in some way by loving and accepting them?I lost my husband a few years ago; what will our relationship in heaven be like?

Nov 15

28 min

On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast, we present an episode of the Hank Unplugged podcast. Hank’s guest is Father Andrew Stephen Damick, author of the new book, Arise, O God: The Gospel of Christ’s Defeat of Demons, Sin, and Death. Hank and Fr. Andrew discuss what is the Gospel is, the Gospel of Caesar, the Lord’s Prayer as a declaration of the Gospel, and that the Gospel is all about how Jesus solves the three biggest problems facing mankind—death, sin, and domination by demons.

Nov 13

28 min

On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (11/12/21), Hank answers the following questions:What do you think of the idea that Christians are only here to love homosexuals and not share the truth with them?I’ve heard you speak in the past about the errors of Joyce Meyer. My church is using her teaching for a women’s Bible study; what is your take on this?Do you think an egg is a good analogy for the Trinity?In the book of Esther, is it true that Queen Vashti wouldn’t come before the king because he asked her to come disrobed?I don’t personally believe in abortion, and would never have one myself, but I wouldn’t want to make that choice for another person. What do you think of this?

Nov 12

28 min

On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (11/11/21), Hank reminds listeners that today is a special day; today is Veterans Day. A day in which Americans honor those that have served in the United States Armed Forces. Today was not always known as Veterans Day, it originated in 1919 as Armistice Day, a day that commemorates “the war to end all wars”—or so it was thought by President Woodrow Wilson. Armistice Day was formally changed to Veterans Day in 1954—and for good reason. World War I was not “the war to end all wars.” World War II followed closely on its heels, and the twentieth century would become the bloodiest in human history. We have come to realize that the very notion of world peace—the idea behind Armistice Day—will never be realized until the Prince of Peace returns to the planet. Only then will world peace be inaugurated. In the meantime, we rightly celebrate Veterans Day. For there will always be veterans, just as there will always be wars. Which begs the question that Hank wants to address on today’s broadcast: under what conditions is war justified?

Nov 11

28 min

On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (11/10/21), Hank answers the following questions:How can David be a man after God’s own heart when he had multiple wives and concubines and had Bathsheba’s husband killed?Since Jesus already sacrificed Himself for us, why does Ezekiel chapter 40 speak of animal sacrifices in a future temple?Is tithing still required today?I am an atheist and I do a lot of good things for people; in your view, will I still go to hell?

Nov 10

28 min

On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (11/09/21), Hank answers the following questions:Are children automatically saved?Is it normative for people to speak in tongues if you can’t understand what they’re saying?Is there any credence to what they are teaching in schools about Christopher Columbus?Can you explain what it means to be blind and without guilt in John 9:41?Will we recognize our relatives in heaven?Isn’t 1 Corinthians chapter 7 similar to what the Qur’an teaches?Is lifestyle evangelism acceptable? If someone isn’t gifted in speaking, can they witness with their lifestyle?Do you believe that demons exist? If so, can they take on physical form and attack people?

Nov 9

28 min

On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (11/08/21), Hank answers the following questions:Do you have any advice for someone seeking God’s will?How can you live with yourself by falsely telling people that your religion is the correct religion?What do you think of John Hagee and Jonathan Cahn?I read that the book of Ecclesiastes has been altered and postdated Solomon; how can we know the historical reliability and inspiration of Ecclesiastes?Why aren’t you working to convert Muslims instead of shooting them down?

Nov 8

28 min

On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast, Hank answers the following questions:My daughter claims to be a Christian but is in a same-sex relationship. How should I respond when she says that since we don’t observe many Old Testament laws, why should we adhere to laws against homosexuality?Does the Bible speak of biometric tracking? Is this okay for Christians?Must the Sabbath still be observed?My father is bipolar. Is mental illness always related to sin?If Isaiah 65:20 is referring to eternity, why does it speak of people dying at 100 years old?Someone gave me Ahmadiyya material, which claims that a Muslim man was the Messiah. Do you know anything about this?

Nov 6

28 min

On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (11/05/21), we pick up where we ended on our previous broadcast and present more of an episode of the Hank Unplugged podcast. Hank is talking with Father Andrew Stephen Damick, author of the new book, Arise, O God: The Gospel of Christ’s Defeat of Demons, Sin, and Death. Hank and Fr. Andrew discuss why we should believe in the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist, what happens to those who live and die without ever having heard the name of Jesus Christ, similarities and differences between Orthodox, Protestant, and Catholic Christians; and dogma, doctrine, and theology.

Nov 5

28 min

On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (11/04/21), we pick up where we ended on our previous broadcast and present more of an episode of the Hank Unplugged podcast. Hank is talking with Father Andrew Stephen Damick, author of the new book, Arise, O God: The Gospel of Christ’s Defeat of Demons, Sin, and Death. Hank and Fr. Andrew discuss the positive significance of repentance in the life of a Christian, what must we do to be saved, and why we should believe in the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist.

Nov 4

28 min

On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (11/03/21), we pick up where we ended on our previous broadcast and present more of an episode of the Hank Unplugged podcast. Hank is talking with Father Andrew Stephen Damick, author of the new book, Arise, O God: The Gospel of Christ’s Defeat of Demons, Sin, and Death. Hank and Fr. Andrew discuss how “Christ is Risen” summarizes the Gospel, why people often miss the reality of the Resurrection, and the role of faithfulness in the theology of salvation.

Nov 3

28 min

On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (11/02/21), we pick up where we ended on our previous broadcast and present more of an episode of the Hank Unplugged podcast. Hank is talking with Father Andrew Stephen Damick, author of the new book, Arise, O God: The Gospel of Christ’s Defeat of Demons, Sin, and Death. Hank and Fr. Andrew discuss how the Gospel is all about how Jesus solves the three biggest problems facing mankind—death, sin, and domination by demons; the reality of demons and the Harrowing of Hades, if technology is inherently evil, how the Old and New Testaments are not two different religions, and how “Christ is Risen” summarizes the Gospel.

Nov 2

28 min

On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (11/01/21), we present an episode of the Hank Unplugged podcast. Hank’s guest is Father Andrew Stephen Damick, author of the new book, Arise, O God: The Gospel of Christ’s Defeat of Demons, Sin, and Death. Hank and Fr. Andrew discuss what is the Gospel is, the Gospel of Caesar, the Lord’s Prayer as a declaration of the Gospel, and that the Gospel is all about how Jesus solves the three biggest problems facing mankind—death, sin, and domination by demons.

Nov 1

28 min

On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast, Hank resumes teaching through the Gospel of Matthew, beginning chapter 14. Reading the opening verses of Matthew 14 is a stark reminder of what happens when the forerunner of Christ—John the Baptist—takes a stand against wickedness. Not only is he thrown into prison, but now he suffers the horrendous fate of a beheading. St. Matthew’s account is an occasion for introspection, for we like John the Baptist have been called to stand against wickedness. And to do so irrespective of the consequences. Upon hearing of His dearly beloved forerunner’s fate, Jesus withdrew to a solitary place and we see His compassion for those who followed Him there. Jesus began to heal the sick that surrounded Him and in the process, build faith in those who are in training as His disciples. As it was getting late, the disciples asked Jesus to send the crowd away so that they could buy themselves food. Once again, Jesus turns this spectacle into a teaching opportunity. Instead of turning the people away, He simply tells the disciples to give them something to eat. This despite the fact that among the thousands gathered, only five loaves and two fish could be found. After being brought to Him, Jesus gives thanks and miraculously proceeds to supply food to some five thousand men in addition to all the women and children present. Thus, in the midst of doing miracles of healing, Jesus miraculously feeds a vast multitude. And when they had eaten their fill, there were yet twelve basketfuls left over. One lesson to take away from this miracle is that though what we have to give is relatively small in light of the vast needs encompassed by world hunger, when we give what we have, what we can, Jesus can take our small offerings and multiply them in ways that boggle the mind, much as He in this instance boggled the minds of His disciples.

Oct 30

28 min

On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (10/29/21), Hank answers the following questions:My daughter claims to be a Christian but is in a same-sex relationship. How should I respond when she says that since we don’t observe many Old Testament laws, why should we adhere to laws against homosexuality?Does the Bible speak of biometric tracking? Is this okay for Christians?Must the Sabbath still be observed?Was it about 3000 years between the time of Adam and the time of Jesus? Do we know what will prompt His second coming? Is it related to the evil of mankind?Were pre-flood people allowed salvation in Jesus Christ?

Oct 29

28 min

On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (10/28/21), Hank answers the following questions:Was the Garden of Eden subjected to futility after the fall?I have doubts about my salvation and thoughts that I can’t control. How can I have assurance?Can you address generational curses and the idea that the sins of the fathers are passed on to their sons?My father is bipolar. Is mental illness always related to sin?If Isaiah 65:20 is referring to eternity, why does it speak of people dying at 100 years old?Someone gave me Ahmadiyya material, which claims that a Muslim man was the Messiah. Do you know anything about this?

Oct 28

28 min

On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (10/27/21), Hank answers the following questions:1 Corinthians 6:2-3 says believers will judge the world and angels; why will we be judging angels? Can you explain this?Can you explain this idea of the eyes of our heart being enlightened in Ephesians 1:18?What is your opinion of Joel Osteen?When we die, are we immediately transported into the future judgment?What is your take on the Illuminati and its association with the all-seeing eye?

Oct 27

28 min

On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (10/26/21), Hank answers the following questions:Luke 17:34 says that two men will be in one bed and one will be taken and the other left. We don’t know who God will save so we shouldn’t judge.What do you think of Christians being slain in the Spirit or yelling during a worship service?I believe we are living in the end times, and according to a Bible I have that was published in 1922, the number 666 refers to ISIS.Is Rick Warren a false teacher?When Jesus said that Judas was a devil, how should I understand this?

Oct 26

28 min

On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (10/25/21), Hank addresses a question that is often asked by skeptics: how can Christians legitimize a God who orders the genocide of entire nations? God’s commands are always perfectly consistent with His justice and mercy. His command to destroy the nations in the land of Canaan shouldn’t be interpreted apart from its immediate context. The words “destroy them totally” are contextualized by Deuteronomy 7:2-4, which makes clear that the Canaanites would turn the sons of Israel away from following the Lord, to serve other gods. Further, God’s desire to spare the pagan city of Nineveh bears eloquent testimony to His mercy for those who repent.Hank also answers the following questions:Could you clarify the story of Jephthah sacrificing his daughter? This seems ridiculous to me.How can I argue that the Bible and the Qur’an do not teach the same God?Can you address the Hebrew Roots Movement and their view that we must observe Old Testament laws?Is it true that if a divorced person remarries, they are committing perpetual adultery?Why don’t many mainline Protestant churches teach extensively on the book of Revelation?

Oct 25

28 min

On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast, we present an episode of the Hank Unplugged podcast. Hank’s guest is Neil Thomas, author of Taking Leave of Darwin: A Longtime Agnostic Discovers the Case for Design. Hank and Neil Thomas discuss what led Thomas to write a book investigating evolutionary theory, the implications of Darwinian evolution and the impact it’s had on civilization, a serious case of “deiphobia” among scientists, and the false antagonism between religion and science.

Oct 23

28 min

On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (10/22/21), Hank resumes teaching through the Gospel of Matthew, beginning chapter 14. Reading the opening verses of Matthew 14 is a stark reminder of what happens when the forerunner of Christ—John the Baptist—takes a stand against wickedness. Not only is he thrown into prison, but now he suffers the horrendous fate of a beheading. St. Matthew’s account is an occasion for introspection, for we like John the Baptist have been called to stand against wickedness. And to do so irrespective of the consequences. Upon hearing of His dearly beloved forerunner’s fate, Jesus withdrew to a solitary place and we see His compassion for those who followed Him there. Jesus began to heal the sick that surrounded Him and in the process, build faith in those who are in training as His disciples. As it was getting late, the disciples asked Jesus to send the crowd away so that they could buy themselves food. Once again, Jesus turns this spectacle into a teaching opportunity. Instead of turning the people away, He simply tells the disciples to give them something to eat. This despite the fact that among the thousands gathered, only five loaves and two fish could be found. After being brought to Him, Jesus gives thanks and miraculously proceeds to supply food to some five thousand men in addition to all the women and children present. Thus, in the midst of doing miracles of healing, Jesus miraculously feeds a vast multitude. And when they had eaten their fill, there were yet twelve basketfuls left over. One lesson to take away from this miracle is that though what we have to give is relatively small in light of the vast needs encompassed by world hunger, when we give what we have, what we can, Jesus can take our small offerings and multiply them in ways that boggle the mind, much as He in this instance boggled the minds of His disciples.

Oct 22

28 min

On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (10/21/21), Hank continues teaching through chapter 13 of Matthew’s Gospel. Following the parable of the Mustard Seed, Jesus told His listeners yet another parable—a parable of immense profundity encapsulated in a single sentence: “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into about sixty pounds of flour until it worked all through the dough” (Matthew 13:33 NIV). Here Jesus makes plain that the power of His rule may be hidden, but nonetheless produces enormous effects. Though the power of the yeast may not be apparent to the naked eye, it produces a mysterious reality. A reality that will impact the very structure of the Roman Empire and ultimately the world. Jesus is the embodiment of the kingdom of heaven. It did not arrive as longed for by the Jews, rather it arrived secretly as leaven, inconspicuously like a mustard seed, or hidden like treasure in a field. It is the pearl of great price. To find it is to find Christ and the Church. All other philosophies, religions, and worldviews are vain. Only Christ and His Church ultimately lead us back to the garden—back to the very fellowship with God that we were created to enjoy.

Oct 21

28 min

On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (10/20/21), Hank picks back up in Chapter 13 of Matthew’s Gospel, where Jesus tells several parables. In verse 24, Jesus tells the parable of the Weeds. The first thing that comes to mind with this parable is the similarity between wheat and weeds—often translated as darnel or tares. The picture presented in this parable is that of an enemy sowing a kind of grass-like vegetation that resembles the real deal. The devil—the enemy, the one who sows a counterfeit amongst the wheat—is a master of disguise. He does not present deception in its full naked deformity. If he did, few would buy into his horrific deceptions. Instead, he presents the skin of the truth stuffed with insidious lies. Thus, just as darnel might at first seem to be wheat, so Satan fashions his lies to resemble truth. Following the parable of the Weeds, St. Matthew’s Gospel chronicles the parable of the Mustard Seed. Jesus here makes plain that what is rooted in the smallest of beginnings will eventually encompass the whole earth. The seed of faith sown in the heart of humans around the globe has caused them to face even martyrdom because it like the strongest of trees cannot be uprooted by the fiercest storms of this present life.

Oct 20

28 min

On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (10/19/21), Hank continues teaching through the Gospel of Matthew. Picking back up in chapter 12, Hank reads from verse 43 where Jesus speaks of an evil spirit coming out of a man and seeking rest but cannot find it and returns to find the man unoccupied and returns with spirits even more wicked than itself. Jesus concludes, “And the final condition of that person is worse than the first. That is how it will be with this wicked generation” (Matthew 12:45 NIV). Jesus here is speaking to a particular generation. We know this because he emphatically says just that. Moreover, Jesus makes clear that this illustration of demon possession exemplifies how it will be with “this wicked generation.” Not the one previous to it. Nor that one following it. But this generation. Chapter 12 concludes with Jesus being told that his mother and brothers were waiting outside wishing to speak to him. “He replied to him, ’Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?’ Pointing to his disciples, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers. For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother’” (Matthew 12:48-50). Jesus here in effect reveals our adoption as sons and daughters—not a matter of genealogy, nor of natural birth, but rather a reflection of God’s eternal purposes from the creation of the first man onward. Through adoption, God’s children become what they were designed to be—gods by grace. His divinity interpenetrating our humanity. His love, His strength, His glory, His righteousness.

Oct 19

28 min

On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (10/18/21), Hank returns to the Gospel of Matthew, picking back up where he left off in chapter 12. In verse 38, we see the Pharisees and teachers of the law ask Jesus for a sign. Jesus rebukes them and says that no sign shall be given, except the sign of the prophet Jonah, “For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of a huge fish, so the Son of Man will be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth” (Matthew 12:40 NIV). Hank has received numerous questions regarding this passage over his decades of hosting the broadcast, one of which is “Was Jesus really in the grave for three days and three nights?” The next question that inevitably follows is whether it is indeed plausible to believe that someone could survive for three days and nights in the belly of a big fish. In this account, Jesus not only provides corroboration for this miracle, but He used it as the basis for prophesying His own resurrection. As such, Jonah’s miraculous rescue from the waters of the sea is a type of Jesus’ miraculous resurrection—a resurrection that serves as an earnest for our own resurrections when Jesus appears a second time and transforms Paradise lost into Paradise restored.

Oct 18

28 min

On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast, Hank answers the following questions:Do Christians believe in an eternal family like Mormons?I read an article in the Christian Research Journal about Jephthah’s daughter; was she condemned to a life of celibacy instead of being sacrificed?In the Bible, was there ever just one race of people?What is your view on full preterism? What about partial preterism?Should a person show real remorse for there to be genuine repentance?My daughter married a Muslim and converted to Islam; do you have any advice?

Oct 16

28 min

On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (10/15/21), we pick up where we ended on our previous broadcast and present more of an episode of the Hank Unplugged podcast. Hank is talking with Neil Thomas, author of Taking Leave of Darwin: A Longtime Agnostic Discovers the Case for Design. Hank and Neil Thomas discuss the materialistic magic that is part and parcel of the Darwinian paradigm, the squabble of the two Brits—Neil Thomas and Richard Dawkins, the multiverse hypothesis, the mystery of mysteries—the notion that "the physical facts fix all the facts" doesn’t stand up to common sense, and invisible natural wonders and our own false sense of entitlement about these innumerable benefits.

Oct 15

28 min

On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (10/14/21), we pick up where we ended on our previous broadcast and present more of an episode of the Hank Unplugged podcast. Hank is talking with Neil Thomas, author of Taking Leave of Darwin: A Longtime Agnostic Discovers the Case for Design. Hank and Neil Thomas discuss the notion that intelligent design theorists smuggle religion under the banner of scientific credibility, the belief that complex linguistic capacities evolved from ape-like communication, the awe-inducing complexity of the human brain, Alfred Russel Wallace’s conversion from naturalism to intelligent design, and the ramifications of social Darwinism: racism, sexism, and eugenics.

Oct 14

28 min

On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (10/13/21), we pick up where we ended on our previous broadcast and present more of an episode of the Hank Unplugged podcast. Hank is talking with Neil Thomas, author of Taking Leave of Darwin: A Longtime Agnostic Discovers the Case for Design. Hank and Neil Thomas discuss the false antagonism between religion and science, Darwin’s misreading of the Bible and the Book of Nature, how the fossil record has been an embarrassment to Darwinian evolution, how Richard Dawkins continues to hoodwink people, the misinformation with respect to the Miller–Urey experiment, and Panspermia—the hypothesis that life exists throughout the universe and is distributed by things like meteoroids and comets.

Oct 13

28 min

On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (10/12/21), we present an episode of the Hank Unplugged podcast. Hank’s guest is Neil Thomas, author of Taking Leave of Darwin: A Longtime Agnostic Discovers the Case for Design. Hank and Neil Thomas discuss what led Thomas to write a book investigating evolutionary theory, the implications of Darwinian evolution and the impact it’s had on civilization, a serious case of “deiphobia” among scientists, and the false antagonism between religion and science.

Oct 12

28 min

On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (10/11/21), Hank discusses Columbus Day, a U.S. holiday that commemorates the landing of Christopher Columbus in the Americas in 1492. Last year, Columbus Day was the scene of carnage as demonstrators toppled statues of Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt in Portland’s South Park Block. Moreover, the moniker “Stolen Land” was ominously spray-painted across its concrete base. Protest organizers dubbed the event “Indigenous Peoples Day of Rage.” What could possibly motivate American citizens—supposed exemplars of social justice—to behave with such wanton recklessness in a supposed era of “wokeness” and progressive values? In trying to come to grips with this question, Hank was cowed by page after page of Google search results with exclamations that Columbus was a nefarious character—a ruthless money-grubbing, genocidal maniac, who severed hands, raped women, and enslaved gentle people to satisfy white Europeans’ lust for gold. One starts to wonder “how can I trust history?” Mary Grabar, author of the book, Debunking Howard Zinn: Exposing the Fake History That Turned a Generation Against America asked this very question. A good deal of what you read on the internet is based on Zinn’s historical revisionism. It constitutes a steady diet of poison seeping into the hearts and minds of impressionable children. Grabar exposes the fake history lessons that are systematically turning a new generation of kids against American exceptionalism.

Oct 11

28 min

On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast, Hank answers the following questions:As Christians, we are to reflect Christ to others, but if people don’t have a desire to know Him is it worth it to share with them?I was raised both Mormon and Roman Catholic; how can I unlearn or weed out false teaching?Since there’s no sadness in heaven, how will we react to loved ones who aren’t there?What is the dividing line between a true Christian and someone following a cult?What would you say about the seeker-friendly movement; have they changed the gospel?How will someone looking at creation in say, Congo, understand that he is a sinner and needs salvation through Jesus?How does one go about increasing their faith?

Oct 9

28 min