April 1, 2018

Critical Errors – Don R. Patton

Posted in Uncategorized at 5:00 am by sranderson0103

Jesus answered them, “You are deceived, because you don’t know the scriptures or the power of God.” (Matthew 22:29)

The Sadducees were the theological, philosophical, and scientific elite of Jesus’ day. They could not answer Jesus with reasonable arguments so they determined to embarrass and discredit Him with a trick question. Instead of the respectful response expected by the “Reverends” of that day, Jesus responded with the stinging rebuke quoted above.

The Sadducees’ denial of the resurrection was the “sore spot,” the issue that was generating the heat. Scriptural evidence and reason was the enemy, so they devised a trap, challenging Jesus with a scenario that apparently had negative consequences either way He answered.

His response dealt specifically with the fact of a resurrection and the nature of the afterlife, but His twofold evaluation of these proud “scholars” fits today’s liberal “intellectuals” perfectly. They are just as determined to defeat Biblical claims of supernatural activity, such as a six day creation, a world-wide flood, the story of Jonah, the exodus, fulfilled prophecy, the virgin birth and, of course, the resurrection.

Darwin led the way and set the stage for today’s elitists. By the time he had published his book Origin of Species attributing evolutionary progression to natural selection, he had probably become an atheist and determined to ascribe creation to natural causes. He knew something of the Scriptures, but his memoirs show that he knew pitifully little and had an obviously distorted understanding of the basics (such as the consequences of sin and the fall; thorns, thistles, suffering and death). He felt that if there was a God, He demonstrated power or had just not been involved in the affairs of this earth. Most atheistic evolutionists today follow Darwin’s intellectual footsteps.

But what about “Christian” intellectuals, theistic evolutionists, progressive creationists, or advocates of the framework hypothesis, who claim to know God but yet deny the awesome power of a six-day creation? They, just as surely, reject the clear teaching of Scripture, relegating God to the mundane task of overseeing the evolutionary process, reducing His power to something many believe time can accomplish. Peter describes this attitude in the scoffers of his day.

For they deliberately suppress this fact, that by the word of God heavens existed long ago and an earth was formed out of water and by means of water. Through these things the world existing at that time was destroyed when it was deluged with water.” (I Peter 3:5-6).

Jesus said Sadducees were deceived. Then, does it really matter? Jesus rebuked those who should have known better but did not. He thought it mattered. Therefore, it does!

Jesus said the problem was they just didn’t know the Scriptures. Some today think, “Well, that’s true of a lot of people and you can’t hold them accountable if they don’t know.” Jesus disagreed and rebuked, specifying not knowing the Scriptures as His reason.

Jesus taught that the underling problem of all these errors is that they don’t know the power of God. It’s a matter of faith. If God really had the power to create in six days, why would He use millions of years of death and suffering (before the fall) to do what He said He did in six days?

Since God said,…

“…I, even I, am bringing the flood of water upon the earth, to destroy all flesh…” (Genesis 6:17).

What’s the problem? Answer: Faith in the power of God!

Likewise, we see exactly the same problem with the story of Jonah, the exodus, fulfilled prophecy, the virgin birth and the resurrection. If you believe in an all-wise, all-powerful God, there is no problem. If you doubt an all-wise, all-powerful God, all kind of problems arise.

Jesus knew the hearts of the Sadducees and He identified a problem they did not see and rebuked it. He still sees hearts today and His attitude has not changed, nor will His attitude be different at the judgment.

 

 

 

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