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Did the Apostle John Err In His Reference To The High Priest?

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This accusation of error was a new on on me. A reader was claiming that there was an error in the Gospel of John and that the Author (humanly speaking, the Apostle John but, in reality, God the Holy Ghost) had made an error by making the office of High Priest an annual office. In other words, the accusation is that John said the High Priest was decided annually and that the High Priest served a one-year term.

Tha accusation is absurd. There are two references given, as follows:

“And one of them, named Caiaphas, being the high priest that same year, said unto them, Ye know nothing at all,…
“And this spake he not of himself: but being high priest that year, he prophesied that Jesus should die for that nation;”
John 11:49 & 51

AND,

“And led him away to Annas first; for he was father in law to Caiaphas, which was the high priest that same year.”
John 18:13

Absolutely Ridiculous Mishandling of WORDS
This accusation is simply laughable. But in my research, I found that it has been espoused by certain critics. Schaff cites a Bretschneider making such an accusation (page 710, “History of the Christian Church,” Volume 1 of 8). But that doesn’t surprise me. What passes for “scholarship” throughout human history is, many times, just a big joke.

So, let’s clear the air and make it plain for anyone reading at this point who hasn’t already seen the OBVIOUS.

John was referring to the YEAR of Christ’s CRUCIFIXION.

It was in “that year” of the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ that Caiaphas was the high-priest. John was not making a reference to the status or length of term that Caiaphas would serve as High Priest. He was making reference to the fact that Caiaphas was high priest the very year that Jesus died.

The Gospel of John, after all, has as it’s climax that very event. The Gospel of John was written to tell you:

1. Who Jesus was: and He was God (read the first verse of the Book).

2. What Jesus came to do: which was to DIE and RISE from DEATH.

3. When Jesus DIED: which was on 14th Nisan–a Wednesday.

4. Where Jesus DIED: which was OUTSIDE Jerusalem on Golgotha (and not INSIDE Jerusalem, which is where the Catholic temple is built claiming to be the site of the Crucifixion).

5. How Jesus DIED: which was on a Cross (pierced) without a broken bone, etc.

6. Why Jesus DIED: which was to pay for the sins of the whole world.

When John speaks of “that year”, he is speaking of the year that Jesus died. There is no error in this or any other place where the careless skeptics make their accusations.

What About Polygamy Among Great Men of the Bible?

What About Polygamy Among Great Men of the Bible?

God made Adam and Eve and intended this as the standard. In Genesis 2:24, the Lord says, “Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.”

Ephesians 4:22-23 tells us that one wife joined to one husband is the Biblical model. But sin and human error took place through the years and instead of covering it all up, God shows us the men of the Bible–warts and all.

He also shows the consequences. If a man takes multiple spouses, he and his family will reap TROUBLE.

· The first polygamist was a murderer named Lamech (Genesis 4:19-23).

· Abraham took Hagar and gave birth to Ishmael (Genesis 16). The result? Ishmael produced the Arab culture which has persecuted Isaac’s offspring, the Jews, ever since. Not to mention the havoc Ishmael’s offspring continues to inflict on the rest of civilization.

· Solomon’s HUGE number of wives resulted in his going into paganism and apostasy. He raised a rebellious apostate named Rehoboam and because of Solomon’s sin, the kingdom of Israel was divided.

· The Kings, afterward, continued to multiply wives and Israel was destroyed as they fell into pagan idolatry due largely to the practices of intermarriage and polygamy with pagan women.

Some point to David, as though his practice of polygamy (multiplication of wives) was somehow “alright with God”. But they ignore the fact that David’s first child with Bethsheba died and his son Amnon raped his own half-sister (David’s daughter) Tamar. Absalom murdered Amnon only to chase David into hiding forty years later.

David had plural wives, but God condemned it and David paid a high price. Some otherwise great men, still continued the practice and the results were consistently disastrous.

It is ironic that most of the books and “counseling” on marriage involves things like knowing your spouse, spending quality time, making finances work. Polygamy more than DOUBLES these difficulties! Yet, there is renewed interest in this practice (and not only in Utah). I love my wife, but one is enough!

In Biblical times, some incidents of polygamy were an ill-informed effort to increase offspring and to help families produce children to help work fields and farms. However, this is hardly ever the case in our modern world. The fact is, the typical 21st century polygamist is nothing more than a sex pervert who wishes to have child brides upon which they can fill their ever expanding sexual appetite.

Polygamy is fornication. God calls it an abomination. And the modern polygamist faces the consequences in this life (Romans 13:1-4) and in the next (Revelation 22:8).