Just Ignore The Jabs

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/exploringourmatrix/2012/09/do-young-earth-creationists-have-a-sense-of-humor.html

“I find the idea of Noah’s flood being before the ice age hilarious…Does this mean that, since young-earth creationism is itself laughable…”

Most people who accept alternatives to the Biblical record will resort to flaming believers, insulting them, or do personal attacks.  The reason why is they do not have a leg to stand upon when confronted with the truth.

The Bible says that they can’t do anything against the truth so believers need to brush aside these type of comments and present the truth all the time. Those who reject the Bible and accept alternatives do not have the truth no matter what career they have, how many publications they have achieved or experiments they have performed.

If they reject the Bible they are not following either Jesus or God, even if they claim to be Christian.

Scholars Are Full Of Themselves

I found this over at Robert Cargill’s blog site:

“And I applaud Harvard Divinity School’s Dr. Karen King. Dr. King released this fragment the way it should be released in this new digital era of immediate feedback: first to a group of scholars for review, and then to a professional conference of her peers for review, and only then to the public.”

kudos to smithsonian channel for putting “gospel of jesus’ wife” documentary on hold

Cargill and other scholars must think that the public is stupid, ignorant, and in need of the ‘elite’ to tell them what is true or not.  The public is far more discerning than he, and his cohorts, give them credit and can smell something fishy when it warrants it.

While the supposed intellectuals of academia were busy ‘discussing’ this fragment and taking well over a week to come to a consensus that it may not be authentic, true believers knew on the first day that it shed no light upon the life of Jesus or his ‘romantic’ side. We do not care if the fragment is authentic or not. That isn’t the issue with us.

It doesn’t matter if the fragment was written in the 4th century or not because we knew it did not contain any true information, was too sparse to contribute anything to biblical studies and was out of context to be of any value.

One interesting observation about this fragment. Many scholars were ready to say it was authentic even though no one knew the author’s name or biography yet we have the human author’s names to the biblical books and some of their human biographies and the same scholars, if not more, are declaring many of the books of the Bible as forgeries.

The scholarly world think they are something but they do not have a clue.  True believers do not need scholars to tell us what is true or false. We already have a guide aiding us in that department. We read in John 14:15-17 these words;

“if you love me, you will obey what I command. And I will ask the Father and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever–the Spirit of Truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives in you and will be in you’

Does this mean we believers are anti-intelligence or anti-solid research? No, it means that when we do our research and use our God-given intelligence we look for the truth and follow the Holy Spirit to that truth, avoiding the confusion that seems to permeate the unbelieving biblical scholarly world.

I say unbelieving because the majority of biblical scholars today do not believe the Bible, do not accept its words and do not teach the truth. Robert Cargill is an atheist, Phillip Davis is a minimalist who denies most of the Bible as true, Bart Ehrman claims to be an agnostic, William Dever doesn’t believe any more, James McGrath denies the Bible is God’s word and believes alternatives and the list goes on for a long time.

These men, and others like them, do not have the truth and do not speak the truth. They are deceived like the Bible says but the do not accept that fact as they think they are okay and know what they are looking at and doing.  They don’t for they do not understand God’s word at all nor what it really says.

Does this mean that believers ignore all learned men? No, we look for the God-led man, the Spirit filled one that leads people to the truth and present it with wisdom, understanding coupled with consistency with God’s word. Believers still need intelligent men who are in academia to sift through the false teachings and point them out to the error found in the words of those who do not believe or pretend to be Christian.

Young believers still need to grow thus they need learned men of God pointing the way to them so they do not get misled away from Jesus. Being properly educated is part of the Christian life, we do not revel in ignorance but we do not follow the secular scholarly world either. They are blind and believers are not thus we look for those men who can see clearly and know how to communicate what they know to others.

We also do not use the criteria of the secular academic community but exchange those with God’s criteria so we can see who is telling the truth and who is not.  The secular world think they are something and think they have the inside track to all things ancient. They don’t because they weren’t there and they use minutes amount of information to draw their ideas from. Then they paint the ancient world with a very broad brush.

Believers do not need secular biblical scholars to tell them what is true or not. They wouldn’t know. It is quite possible that that fragment was written in the 4th century AD but that doesn’t mean the author knew what was true in the 1st century.

The Christian world does need intelligent, wise men in academia because that area of life is not immune to the sin and corruption that entered the world at Adam’s sin and the secular world is not after the truth. Thus those men need to stand with God and present to the Christian community the right way to go in academic affairs. Too many people are fooled by false teachers today because they let  words like Biblical, Christian, Bible, and others lull them to sleep and they allow  false teaching into their midst.

God wrote the Bible so His followers would be prepared, alert and wary. Lean on it when in doubt and ask the Holy Spirit to keep you in the truth.  Believers cannot be children all their lives, they need to grow up and take spiritual responsibility for their lives and the lives of their families.

The words found in John 14 are not for the elite, the apostles or the super spiritual alone. They are for everyone so they do not get trampled and destroyed.

Typical Action

Just to let you know that I have been blocked from posting at McGrath’s website called exploring our matrix.  But that is the way it is with those who believe in alternatives to the Bible. They only want to hear what tickles their ears not the truth.

It is a good thing that both God and Jesus said to follow their words not the words of ‘scholars’, ‘archaeologists’, ‘scientists’ and ‘experts’ for these people are deceived and you can’t even trust those who claim to be christian as so many compromise their belief with secular ideas.

You have a choice, follow God and His word (the Bible) or follow sinful man’s?  You can’t combine them. if you want a verse to guide you in whom to listen to then use John 5:45-7:

45 “But do not think I will accuse you before the Father. Your accuser is Moses, on whom your hopes are set. 46 If you believed Moses, you would believe me, for he wrote about me. 47 But since you do not believe what he wrote, how are you going to believe what I say?””

If the scholar, archaeologist, scientist, and expert, et al, does not believe the words Moses wrote then you know not to listen to them for they will not listen to Jesus’ words either. Doesn’t matter how much of an expert they claim to be, or how many publications they have made. if they do not believe then they are unbelievers and not to be trusted.

Biblical Authorship-2

In the battle of who wrote the Bible divine authorship is called into question. This is done so that the critics of the Bible can reduce it to a subjective human book. This makes it easy to criticize, find error, and dismiss.

There are basically 2 questions that are rarely addressed in this issue as critics deny that God wrote via inspired human writers.

The first question is: Why would God allow forgeries to be included in His book and be read in His congregations for thousands of years?

The idea that, as critics charge, God would let His Holy word be infiltrated by false doctrine and teachings is ridiculous. He would be doing the opposite of what he told His people not to do and that would be hypocrisy.

The Bible tells us that God does not lie so why would He include lies, fake messages, fraudulent claims and make fake  and false claims about Himself in the very book He wants His creation to read and follow?  One lie, one false claim would destroy the whole book and people , save for the most fanatical, would flee its words and continue to search for the truth.

This brings us to the second question: Where are the true books if some or most of the Bible is composed of fakes and forgeries?

The critics of the Biblical authorship do not produce them; they do not point to where they lie; they do not quote from them, instead they all use their own thinking to replace those books they accuse of being forgeries.

Nor can we look to other religions for those books as their religious writings copy generously or alter the Christian Bible. The Quran does it, the book of Mormon does it and the Jehovah’s Witness bible does it and on it goes to many other false beliefs. So where are the true teachings of God if the Bible doesn’t contain them?

They do not exist because God did not include forgeries in His word and He did not let them become lost like the Gnostic library for that would be unfair and unjust. The very fact that the Gnostic library was  buried and unknown for 2 thousand years disqualifies them as being or containing the truth. Simply because no one had access to them which means that no one would be able to learn of the truth and that would be wrong

God has kept His word together from the beginning of time so that everyone has a fair chance to learn of His truth and make a decision. This fairness allows God to be a just judge. The ramifications of the Bible containing fake books are immense.

One of the ramifications of having the Bible contain forgeries is that Good is reduced to a sinner in need of a Savior, and that destroys all hope of salvation for Jesus then is not the Son of God, the final sacrifice, and heaven does not exist. He misrepresented Himself, lied, and basically did what the devil does.

In other words, they are making God the devil.

What I find with the critics of divine authorship is the attitude that they really do not want to obey God but only want the benefits of salvation while they pursue their own desires and beliefs. They allow pride and arrogance to lead their lives making them think they are in charge of the Bible and get to say what is or isn’t God’s word.

When asked who gave them that authority or where did they get it from, they cannot answer because they appoint themselves. God did not give man dominion over His word which means we have to humble ourselves, accept and believe the Bible does not contain fakes or forgeries but God’s real words.

The critics are wrong. The Bible does not contain forged or fake books.