“And regard the patience of our Lord as salvation, just as also our dear brother Paul wrote to you, according to the wisdom given to him, speaking of these things in all his letters. Some things in these letters are hard to understand, things the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they also do to the rest of the scriptures.”
2 Peter 3.15-16
Peter’s reference to Paul’s letters indicate they were widely read and highly regarded as inspired Scripture early on.
To what does “these things” refer that Paul wrote about in all his letters?
#inspiration #Scripture #2Peter #VOTD
Repeating a lie doesn’t make it true. “The prophet Jeremiah said to Hananiah the prophet, ‘Hear now, Hananiah, the LORD has not sent you, but you make this people trust in a lie’” (Jeremiah 28:15 NKJV). The false doctrine of “Evolution” causes people to exchange “the truth of God for the lie” and worship and serve “the creature rather than the Creator” (Romans 1:25 NKJV). There is no scientific fact to prove it, and it contradicts Scripture and scientific facts! God will reject the immoral and “whoever loves and practices a lie” (Revelation 22:15 NKJV). “Evolution” cannot account for: amazing design and detail; a human’s emotional heart; cell DNA; faith and hope; an eternal soul; or life, itself. It substitutes primordial goo for God; survival of the fittest for mercy; and outer comparisons for inner connections.
This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.
Opinions are like noses, everyone has them and they are often poked out front in places where they don’t belong. One of our adult classes is viewing a video series made by one of our brethren. In the series he takes a number of positions that can at best be categorized as his opinion, yet he treats each as if they are a “thus says the Lord”. There is nothing new about this. For decades and more people have been unable to separate their studied judgments from scripture from the scripture itself. While I agree with those studied judgments that make sense to me, I find those that do not make sense outrageously offensive and samples of flawed human reasoning and the pushing of opinions. The trouble with this is no one wants to put me in charge of separating which opinions we should respect as scripture and which to reject. Therefore duly chastened, I suggest we stick to a “book, chapter and verse” “thus says the Lord” approach to what we know is right and wrong and recognize and admit that beyond that we enter the realm of opinion and studied judgment, treat it as thus and allow others room to think for themselves. This is Just-A-Minute.
A good summary statement on “The New Testament as Scripture” by Francis Van Tate, in New Testament Survey, by Don Shackelford, ed.
The New Testament was given by inspiration of God and has been transmitted down through the ages and restored in a trustworthy fashion; therefore, when it is correctly translated and properly interpreted, its message is the exclusive doctrine of Christ and God’s required moral standard” (p. 39).
Are there any parts you might tweak?
I believe I’ve mentioned before that on 5th Sundays at Keltonburg we have a song and scripture service in the evenings. It consists of a topic/theme with the reading of scriptures pertaining to the theme and the singing of songs that go along with the scriptures that are read. The theme that we used yesterday was: Notes from Revelation. It was a play on the word “notes” to include the singing as much as the scripture when it comes to reminding us about the overall theme of the book.
Here’s the outline in case you’re interested:
- Revelation 1:10-20 / God Holds the Future in His Hands
- Revelation 4:1-11 / Holy, Holy, Holy
- Revelation 5:5-14 / Worthy Art Thou
- Revelation 7:9-17 / Beautiful
- Revelation 11:15-19 / The Kingdom is Spreading
- Revelation 12:1-11 / Hide Me, O My Savior, Hide Me
- Revelation 14:1-7 / We’re Marching to Zion
- Revelation 20:7-15 / There’s a Great Day Coming
- Revelation 22:1-5, 12-17 / There’s a Fountain Free
- Paradise Valley
It’s a pretty good outline as far as covering 22 chapters with 9 scripture readings and 10 songs goes, but a person can definitely add to it or take away from it as they see fit…the outline that is, but not the book (Revelation 22:18-19).
In R.C. Sproul’s book, Can I Trust the Bible? he discusses the issue of inspiration and whether it was dictation or whether each writer was allowed to express their own personality/writing style.
He summarizes with this:
“We do not know the process by which inspiration was given. But because of inspiration, no matter how God brought it about, every word of Scripture carries the weight of God’s authority.”
1. Do you agree with him?
2. Can we truly know how it was done?
3. What are your views on this issue?
I’ve got a semantics question, fellows, after seeing this recent FB post:
“The Bible does not contain the Word of God; the Bible is the Word of God. There is a difference.”
*What is your definition of “the Bible”?*
For me, I actually prefer the statement “the Bible contains the word of God.” I define the Bible as Genesis through maps. 🙂 There are lots of things in our modern Bibles that are not the “word of God” (e.g., concordance, chapter & verse divisions, footnotes, etc.). If the imitation leather cover says “Holy Bible,” then everything inside is a part of the “Bible”, right? Thus, is it not better to say: “The Bible contains the word of God”? (I actually prefer lowercase “w” on “word” when not referring to the Logos, but I won’t go in to that right now… 🙂
Even some things within Scripture itself (like Satan’s lie in Gen. 3:4) is not really the “word of God,” is it? I understand that Gen. 3:4 is an accurate account of what Satan said AND that the Spirit inspired Moses to make a record of it, but how can a LIE be “the word of God”? I find this terminology troubling. Gen. 3:4 IS Scripture, but is it the “word of God”?
Your thoughts are most welcome.