January 26, 2014

God’s Written Word (Not Man’s) – Don R. Patton

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:00 am by sranderson0103

The following quote, from a popular “Christian” website, illustrates an attitude toward the Bible that I hear constantly.

“The Bible is inspired by God. It amazingly records and preserves the Hebrew/Jewish people’s history with God, the life and teachings of Jesus, and the beginnings of the Christian Church. Inspired, yes. There is, however, a critical difference between spiritual revelation and human words. …The words of the Bible were mostly penned by writers who lived in close relationship to God… They were not perfect or omniscient people.”

“Sure the Bible is inspired,” the writer says. He assures us that it preserves the history of God’s people and contains the teaching of Jesus. But, men wrote it so it is foolish to think it is perfect.

Liars

The first glaring problem with this heresy is the inconsistency of the idea that these wonderful, “spiritual” men in “close relationship with God” (who cannot lie, Heb.6:18), would lie so flagrantly about that which they had written.

King David was on his deathbed when he uttered these (lying?) words.

Now these are the last words of David. David the son of Jesse declares, The man who was raised on high declares, The anointed of the God of Jacob, And the sweet psalmist of Israel, “The Spirit of the LORD spoke by me, And His word was on my tongue.” (II Samuel 23:1-2)

If he really was trying to tell the children of Israel that these were God’s words, what should he have said that he did not say? This spiritual man was not so stupid that he did not understand the concept of inspiration that these words convey. He intentionally lied if the obvious is not true.

Consider what Isaiah affirmed about what God told him.

“I have put My words in your mouth and have covered you with the shadow of My hand, to establish the heavens, to found the earth,…” (Isaiah 51:16).

Isaiah lied again when he described God’s promise (according to the popular web site).

“As for Me, this is My covenant with them,” says the LORD: “My Spirit which is upon you, and My words which I have put in your mouth shall not depart from your mouth, nor from the mouth of your offspring, nor from the mouth of your offspring’s offspring,” says the LORD, “from now and forever.” (Isaiah 59:21)

Isaiah was not the only prophet who made such claims. Isaiah together with Jeremiah made a team of liars (according to this popular view). Jeremiah begins in chapter one, making it clear that these were God’s words.

“Now the word of the LORD came to me saying,… (v.4) Then the LORD stretched out His hand and touched my mouth, and the LORD said to me, “Behold, I have put My words in your mouth.” (v.9)

Presumptuous Liars

The second problem that shouts at a reasonable person is the attitude that the prophets commanded toward what they wrote. Not only should the words be regarded as God’s words, these were God’s exclusive words. Other spiritual men must shut up and must not dare to add their insights or make the slightest correction.

“You shall not add to the word which I am commanding you, nor take away from it, that you may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you.” (Deuteronomy 4:2)

“Whatever I command you, you shall be careful to do; you shall not add to nor take away from it.” (Deuteronomy 12:32).

Moses was the first writer of the Bible and it was appropriate that he should give such a warning. Then John finished the last book, then laid down the pen of inspiration. His warning is even more severe, demanding condemnation against any later attempt to add some new “revelation” to the now-complete Word of God.

I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues which are written in this book; and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his part from the tree of life and  from the holy city, which are written in this book. (Revelation 22:18-19).

My own words can and should be amended, early and often. Not so with every word of God. How ridiculous it would be to make assertions about my words, like those quoted above. Yet, the attitude is entirely appropriate toward the Word of God.

The inspired writers were presumptuous liars or they told the truth. I am amazed that those claiming to be Christians don’t know which. Consider Peter’s affirmation.

Above all, you do well if you recognize this: No prophecy of scripture ever comes about by the prophet’s own imagination, for no prophecy was ever borne of human impulse; rather, men carried along by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.  (II Peter 1:21)   NET

 

 

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