(This post is the elder sister to ‘the links of knowledge’)
Higher education is a worthy goal. Sandwiched between this post and the previous one was a short clip highlighting the dazzling display of Andromeda; it was a link of understanding and it was CLEAR. It was not placed as a filler. In the context of men seeking to dismiss God and His word, I only ask:
The universe in all its glory is not enough?
Man should be humbled at such significance, but no, we want more proof, and yet, is not the song of creation heard by the deaf?
Who are you to deny a Creator by asking for proof when everything is proof. Yes, WHO are you, and are you not embarrassed at such indifference? By what right of nature can you deny a Creator, when you can’t as much create a fingernail?
WHAT, outside of everything will convince you? Will the sting of death not silence your doubt? WHO then are you?
‘To the writing of books there is no end,’ and it is true that ‘knowledge will increase,’ (God’s word is correct as always,) and this is a blistering indictment against learning apart from God, for unbelief thrives in proportion to knowledge. Why? Because you have esteemed the voice of the Professor above your conscience. Pride is the father of unbelief, and is fueled by the influence of stature and ‘many books.’
The idea was brought forth (in post one) that asking for ‘more’ help to verify God’s word, is a condescending insult to He who is the Word. Mind you, these requests are coming from people who say Adam never lived, Moses was a myth, and Christ, if He lived, was just an ordinary joe. (perish the thought) New findings are sought to perpetuate the alleged instability of scripture.
Maybe we should call on the dignitaries of higher education for the correct answers on the existence of God and credibility of His word. Meanwhile, ‘Higher education’ encourages the accusation of ‘weakness’ in the text, while men run to us and say: ‘defend the scriptures!’
God’s word needs no defense.
Why do I say this?
It IS the defense
It is self proving. The sun above is temporary, but the word of God abides forever, as it is settled in heaven. Yet, believers are asked to defend it because theological professors find fault. Really?
The genealogies are undisputable. The records are infallible. The words are convicting. The prophecies are sure. There is no book on earth which presents man as the word of God does, after all, God knows what is in man. No other book on earth reveals the Lights and Perfections of the living God. Then there are the ‘living epistles,’ the lives of men, read by all.
It is the eternal anvil which has not only withstood, but wore out every hammer against it. Remember the great bible scholar Satan? Yea him. His attack on the word of God left Him empty as He had the audacity to twist and quote scripture to the Lord of glory. And the Lord simply magnified His authority with the exemplary response: ‘It is written again,’ and the arch-enemy was reduced to the slithering creature that he is.
The Lord gave no explanation, no credibility to the assault, whose only dialog was: ‘It is written, again.’ Period.
For thousands of years, the word of God has been attacked and called into question as if God cannot keep a good record of his own words. Peruse the internet, or books from the libraries of the world, and you will find plenty of pit bulls trying to devour the word of God, as they are all currently without teeth, because the rock of ages endures. In blogsville also, countless people have condemned Genesis as simply a book of myths.
Higher learning has an interest in the good book as there are many schools doing wonderful things. There are missions to embark, grants to be had, professions to follow, manuscripts to unravel, debates to win and others to lose, languages to learn, ministries to begin, even spouses to find. The influence on society has obvious and great blessings.
Like most things there is good and bad, and the study of divine things is not exempt. One side finds so-called mistakes, additions, subtractions, textual evidence, a lack of textual evidence, lost papyri, found papyri, all designed to ‘prove the unreliability’ of the word of God. Schools of theology are cited as sources from men who have found alleged faults with the scriptures.
These men of learning are deemed scholars while at the same time they will tell you the Genesis account is poetry, Cain did not murder his brother, Sarah did not give birth at an old age, they will tell you homosexuality is the new word for tolerance, they will tell you the ‘legend’ of Jonah is a bit more creative than Aesop; they will tell you the furnace of Daniel’s three friends was merely a ‘pressure situation’ where the writer used great liberty and expected no person of sane mind to believe it, and they will tell you Paul the apostle was delusional. Higher learning?
What then is the value of the scholarship which does not trust scripture?
Please think about this before you continue.
Some so-called men of renown have stated there was no exodus, which lateral result calls into question the promises of God to the nation of Israel and further, to cite the Lord Jesus Christ as a madman. No small feat for a bible teacher, or any body for that matter, to say this with a straight face.
Some dare say sin is ah, er, well, um, not sin, that Christ may have risen, but not bodily, others will say the gospel of Luke is unreliable, and the spiritual malfeasance abounds from some of the higher schools of divine thought, while at the same time handing out laurels to such enlightened minds. Ouch.
So yea, not too impressed with many schools of higher learning.
The other side has decided by vote that the scriptures are in fact true. They too however have gone on record saying certain things are not to be believed. What’s the point?
If a person must rely on the testimony of men to give approval of the scriptures, then that person will always be at the mercy of another mans learning.
This is not God’s way as He demonstrates the power in His word that men’s faith be not in men.
You have seen the arguments: “What about this verse?’ ‘What about this new find?’ What about this scholar?’ ‘What about this link?’ ‘What about this video?’ Utter foolishness as if there is a weakness in the text.
Who dares to bring a charge against scripture? May I remind you the devil had nothing…
The insincerity by Pilate in asking the Lord ‘what is truth?’ is proof enough that some interrogators deserve absolute silence as the correct and only answer.
God’s word IS the defense
If five thousand so-called scholars said the gospel of Matthew cannot be trusted, I would show you five thousand liars, and God’s word correct. If seven thousand so-called archaeologists said Nazareth did not exist, and that there were not tombs of the Gadarenes, I would show you seven thousand liars, and God’s word correct.
When men of ‘higher learning’ sit in judgment of God’s word, as if they can add to the veracity of scripture, Christ is brought down from above. Not a good idea. The word spoken some time ago: ‘For if ye believed Moses, ye would believe of me; for he wrote of me,’ is a fine example of the truth of the text simply not being believed. The defect was in the hearts of the readers; there was never a question as to the life and times of Moses, nor of the scriptures which spoke of him.
Let’s summarize and connect the dots with ‘the links of knowledge.’ There is a bizarre phenomenon captivating the interest of unbelievers worldwide. There is a concerted effort to find fault with the scriptures and to hurl people of faith with slanderous innuendos. Am I sure? Let’s have a second look:
A person tells you the bible is a fairy tale. He says you are a lunatic if you believe ‘In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.’ He thinks you are insane if you actually believe there was confusing of languages in Babel, he tells you Abraham never existed, he tells you Sodom was not a real city, and he tells you sin is a fabrication. He then tells you the death of the son of God was a joke. He informs you that the ‘faith once delivered to the saints’ is a deluded hope. He tells you men of higher learning have found errors with scripture.
He then finishes by informing you there are mistakes in what he calls the book of myths, and pleads with you to answer his endless charges. He ridicules people and their precious faith, and he enjoys spreading the poison ivy of unbelief and hopes it is contagious. Hmm, seems I read that somewhere.
The source for the end of all strife and the knowledge of the beginning of wisdom are noble pursuits in higher education.
Where is higher than heaven?