Archive for August 2019

Injustice 2 Movie Cutscenes

 

Huh? From Justice to Injustice? “S” turns from hope to fear??

Posted August 31, 2019 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in Video

Tom & Jerry

 

Favorite movie during childhood!! My future kids must definitely watch this masterpiece!!

Posted August 30, 2019 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in Video

Warcraft Classic 15 Years

 

Well, never play World of Warcraft. Nevertheless,  it is good enough to just watch the cutscenes ~~~

Posted August 29, 2019 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in Video

The Big Bang Theory Balls Kicking

 

That kick is a big “OUCH!!”

Posted August 28, 2019 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in The Big Bang Theory

Church Service 24, August, 2019

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Pastor Kong Hee has returned to City Harvest Church.
He went to the stage and apologized to the members.
Read more of his speech here:

The Restorative Power Of God

Posted August 27, 2019 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in City Harvest Church, Kong Hee

The Big Bang Theory: Sheldon Cheating on Amy?

That ending, though.

 

 

 

 

 

Posted August 26, 2019 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in The Big Bang Theory

Bible Contradiction Answered Part 2: Horsemen vs Foot Soldiers

While the skeptics claim the Bible contradicts itself, Christians must believe that the Bible is internally consistent.
After all, if God can maintain order of this physical universe through some laws of physics, certainly God can also maintain order of His written word.

Another apparent contradiction is found here:

Then the Syrians fled before Israel; and David killed seven hundred charioteers and forty thousand horsemen of the Syrians, and struck Shobach the commander of their army, who died there.
2 Sam 10:18

Then the Syrians fled before Israel; and David killed seven thousand charioteers and forty thousand foot soldiers of the Syrians, and killed Shophach the commander of the army.
1 Chronicles 19:18

This is a record of war between king David and the Syrians.
2 Sam mentions 700 charioteers and 40000 horsemen whereas 1 Chronicles 19 mentions 7000 charioteers and 40000 foot soldiers.

In Part 1, we have already proposed a reconciliation between 700 and 7000 charioteers.
Basically, both books might have cited different version of military record as it could have been a long drawn battle.

Here we will attempt to reconcile the next apparent contradiction:
Was it 40000 horsemen or was it 40000 foot soldiers?

We need to remember that horsemen started their training as foot soldiers.
After some time, they then received training to fight using horses.
Also, we need to consider the terrain as it determined the strategy.

Imagine the following scenario.

David knew facing 40000 horsemen head on would have resulted in great casualty among his army.
Hence, he could have come up with this strategy: his army feigned loss and retreated from the battlefield to the surrounding thick forest.

The horsemen pursued.
They got off their horses at the border of the forest since horses were difficult to manuever inside the forests.
By then, 40000 horsemen became 40000 foot soldiers as they fought David’s army inside the forest.
David’s army then cut down 40000 foot soldiers with less casualty.

Furthermore, this strategy is plausible as the war took place at Helam (2 Sam 10:17), east of Jordan and west of Euphrate.
Hence, due to abundance of water, we can expect thriving vegetation there.

The Syrian army started with 40000 horsemen. In the end, they died as 40000 foot soldiers.
There is no contradiction.
We can trust God to preserve His written word.

Posted August 22, 2019 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in Bible Study

Bible Contradiction Answered Part 1: 700 vs 7000

Skeptics claim that the Bible contains much contradiction and therefore is unreliable.
However, we as Christians must believe that the Bible is inspired by God and therefore is internally consistent, at least in the original language.

One particular example of apparent contradiction is found here:

David also defeated Hadadezer the son of Rehob, king of Zobah, as he went to recover his territory at the River Euphrates.  David took from him one thousand chariots, seven hundred horsemen, and twenty thousand foot soldiers. Also David hamstrung all the chariot horses, except that he spared enough of them for one hundred chariots. 
2 Sam 8: 3-4

And David defeated Hadadezer king of Zobah as far as Hamath, as he went to establish his power by the River Euphrates.  David took from him one thousand chariots, seven thousand horsemen, and twenty thousand foot soldiers. Also David hamstrung all the chariot horses, except that he spared enough of them for one hundred chariots.
1 Chronicle 18:3-4

Both passages record the war between king David and king Hadadezer.
Notice the difference: 2 Sam mentions 700 horsemen whereas 1 Chr 18 mentions 7000 horsemen.

Firstly, we should not accept the possibility of copying error between 2 Samuel and 1 Chronicles.
The Hebrew words for hundred (מֵאוֹת֙ mê·’ō·wṯ) and thousand (אֲלָפִים֙ ’ă·lā·p̄îm) are not similar at all.
Unlikely the scribes made any mistakes in the Hebrew words.
Furthermore, if we were to accept one contradiction , why wouldn’t we accept a lot more contradictions among other books too?

A simple way to reconcile this apparent contradiction is to remember that a war is not one or two days event.
Instead, it can be weeks or months or even years.
Hence, any war-related number will always be updated from time to time.

2 Sam 8 mentions 1000 chariots + 700 horsemen + 20000 foot soldiers.
This can refer to the early major campaign.
However, such a war can a long-drawn battle with additional pockets of resistance around, just like pockets of resistance of Taliban in the war between US and Taliban.
1 Chronicles 18 mentions 1000 chariots + 7000 horsemen + 20000 foot soldiers.
The additional 6300 horsemen may come from these pockets of resistance after such a long drawn battle.

It is also worth remembering that the book of 2 Samuel was written between 900 to 700 BC whereas the book of 1 Chronicle was written around 400 C.
Hence, that 2 Samuel might have cited the early version of military record whereas 1 Chronicle the final version.

In conclusion, there is no contradiction in both accounts.
After all, it is the same Holy Spirit who inspired both books and, in fact, all books in the Bible.
We can have faith in God in preserving His written word.

Posted August 21, 2019 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in Bible Study

Mount Faber Connexion 9, August, 2019

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Awesome time of fellowship with the Connexion guild members ~~~
Fun exercise and group photos on Mount Faber. Full of laughter and smile :D :D
Too bad we did not venture into the jungle side :P :P

Tasty lunch at Depot Road ~~

I am looking forward to our next gathering.

Posted August 11, 2019 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in City Connexion

Family Function 9, August, 2019

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Awesome family function on National Day!!
Ate a loooot! Fragrant nasi lemak with tasty chili!
Great satay! Bad, the rojak was too spicy :P :P
Hopefully we can have another one soon ~~~

Posted August 10, 2019 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in Family