According to what?

According to the weatherman, there was zero chance of rain on Tuesday. Yep, it rained on Tuesday.  According to the pundits, Mr. Obama was supposed to be a messiah. Yea, like that weather forecast worked out well.  Opinions are a dime a dozen, and many fall short when handled by ‘professionals.’

According to the Pew report…………..according to millenials…….according to Boston police………according to the Supreme Court……….yep, opinions, all according to our reasoned or unreasonable  perceptions.

Everybody has them, some better than others; others worse than most. Frank’s opinion is better than Mary’s. Mary’s opinion is better than Jill’s. Jill’s opinion on same-sex marriage is not as good as Frank’s opinion on bird-watching. Mary’s opinion on bow hunting is good, but not as good as Jim’s opinion on cell phones, but certainly better than Frank’s opinion on how to sew a button, but not as good as Jill’s opinion on the color blue.

Stupid comparisons? Yes, obviously as there is an impossible context. Opinions usually carry the day according to the cleverness and stature of they who hold them, but in spiritual things, opinions hold little or no value, unless……………there is a proper context.

When people speak of scripture without the right context, it is no surprise that the results are like tossed salad, with seemingly unrelated things thrown together in a bowl, thus making little or no sense. Justification by faith, and justification through works are both true, but they are not biblical twins, and many a mind has been unsettled over things which are distinct but rather clear. Opinions are much better when the jewel is in the correct context.

When the first question was asked to man, the context is vital to everything that follows. ‘Where are you?’ said the Creator to Adam, and what we learn next is a remarkable statement and worthy of all consideration.

‘I feared thee, and I hid myself.’ Hmmm,  fear and hiding, that which is palpable in 2015. Honesty demands agreement here, as this revelation of the human condition is in response to a simple question that has eluded the philosopher, (or should I say the sage has avoided this) and man has been trying to hide from God ever since. Proof? Ah, yea, it’s kind of obvious.

People fear lions tigers and bears, oh my, and when chased by a grizzly, there is no place to hide, but…

‘We hid as it were our face from Him,’ said the saintliest of men, and this is an awesome word, not because of false humility, but because He saw himself in light of the majesty of God. It’s always a good thing NOT to compare ourselves with others, to not see ourselves according to the success or failures of others, to not weigh ourselves according to the opinions of others, but to stand alone and apart, and to see ourselves against One greater, but notably according to the scriptures.

When a man says ‘there is no God,’ this is an opinion springing from a natural desire to hide. One may run from this observation and call it absurd, but hide? No can do. There is no rock on earth large enough to escape the penetrating eye of God.

So, the account of Christ if it were only according to the opinion of men would have little merit and strength.

However, there is one small, critical, and necessary word that needs to be seen and understood in all its clarity and power that is related to the first question asked to man.

The death of Christ is according to what? Is it merely somebody’s opinion? Some say He was murdered for good reason. Others say Pilate and Herod were responsible. Others say the Jews had their hand, while many more say a good man simply was a victim of unfortunate circumstances. Of course too, the ignorant say He never lived.

Ah, but our little ‘word’ that gives this event context, this word that gives it strength and credibility, and answers all the demands of creation, the law of God, sin, death, and everything under the sun. This word?

According to the scriptures.’  Yes, the agreement of truth, this symphony.  Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures. Indeed one could fairly ask: what scriptures? And herein lies the inescapable fact of time and space, within reach of the most hardened of hearts. The word of God presents man as the hiding one, with God as the seeking One, to bring back that which was askew.

The law, the prophets, and the Psalms, all speak with one voice that the death of Christ was ‘according to the scriptures.’ This completely leaves out man’s opinion, and puts the onus on God to fulfill His word, while leaving untouched the responsibility of man.

‘Where are you?’ Not because God was unawares, but because He was looking for the piercing honesty that Adam’s posterity would have no excuse. ‘I hid myself,’ and there is no shame in admitting the obvious. ‘Who told you that you were naked?’ asked the Creator, a condition unknown to the consciousness of man, and it is this ‘according’  to the scriptures, that gives definition to everything that follows.

Hear the word of God through a once fearful but now strengthened Peter:

‘Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain.’ In other words, ‘according to the scriptures,’ but man is still on the hook as it were.  Such are the lights and perfections of scripture.

Not a life lived as a good man simply, but a life which magnified the death of deaths. What good man dies for misfits? What righteous man gives his life for the ungodly? What perfect man gives his life that the crooked may be made straight? What man does not hide His face from the wrath due to a broken law and fury of a holy God who cannot look upon sin, so much so, that the son of His delight said ‘my God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?’

A question asked NOT because of a lack of knowledge, but one asked ACCORDING TO THE SCRIPTURES.’ There are no flaws in God’s forecast.

Opinions are such poor substitutes for truth, and poor opinions of scripture are best left in isolation. Thy word is truth, and when the pure word is spoken without compromise, there is, yea rather, there must be a result; usually it is one of disdain or scorn spoken by the hiding ones.

God’s word finds us, as there is no place on earth out of sight from God’s perfect scrutiny. How do we know the grace of God appeared to all men? The verifiable, the reliable, and the truthful word of God;  the conscience; the lives of men and women; the writ of heaven; and the opinion of the High Court gaveled ‘it is finished,’ which is ever and always according to the scriptures.

And oh by the way, ‘and that He rose again the third day……………according to the scriptures.’

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35 Responses to According to what?

  1. atimetoshare says:

    A joyful accord – especially the part about the resurrection.

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  2. ColorStorm says:

    Glad it ended in a flourish for you Kathy 😉

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  3. Powerful CS—It made me think of Elijah who actually went to seek the God of all Creation—fierce earthquakes, fires, winds raced past Elijah—the mere average mortal would not doubt have run willey nilley scared to death. . .yet after all the brouhaha, there in the soft gentle breeze of a whisper was God—“What are you doing here Elijah?”
    Elijah had not run and hid, had not thought better of his search, had not coward in the face of the tumult which preceded the meeting—but stood his ground, waited and then covered himself out of respect—respect.
    No hiding was to be had and that was coupled with respect.
    Kind of like well, I asked for it so I need to suck it up, square my shoulders and face the music–as in resolute—
    So here we have no hiding, respect and resolute—wow, virtues not aptly witnessed today–
    Thank you CS wonderful as always. . . .
    Hugs to you my friend—jules—-

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  4. Well said, ColorStorm. Love the pirates.

    The questions God asks are really so gentle, so kind, and speak to the nature of God and his love for us. “Where are you?” He already knows where they are, he gives them a chance to see it themselves and to come forth. Later when Christ comes you see those same gentle questions, “woman where is your husband?” and so forth, never accusing, just expectant of an honest answer.

    God already knows the answers, He asks so we will know the answers. Trying to hide from God is rather silly because it isn’t possible, but when we try to do it what we’re really hiding from is our own selves. God already sees us as we really are. We are the ones often caught in our own deceptions.

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    • ColorStorm says:

      Yes, not only queries from above, but ones with no fluff nor guile. ‘Gentle’ as you say. Good observation.

      By the way ibytes, it’s very cool to know that at any time, someone may read these comments and say, ‘wow, needed that,’ or ‘perhaps God’s word is true,’ or any number of potential good things not known to us.

      So we press on in faithfulness, giving as we have been given. And thank you for consistently giving above measure 😉

      May God bless your site as He has, you, and yours.

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  5. archaeopteryx1 says:

    ‘According to the scriptures’ was clearly proved to be the Old Testament scriptures; as in the law, the prophets, and the Psalms” – Oh, THOSE scriptures, written by mostly anonymous, superstitious, scientifically-ignorant Bronze and Iron Age men! Why didn’t you say so? That makes if EVER so much more credible —

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  6. Wally Fry says:

    God’s word finds us, as there is no place on earth out of sight from God’s perfect scrutiny.

    His Word is looking for us all isn’t it? “And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.” He was lifted up, and He is drawing us all. And He has made it so easy and available too. His word is literally everywhere, in our hearts, on the bookshelves, and even right here on the internet. He has made it easy for His Word to find every single one of us, so that we are without excuse.

    But still we argue and fuss and find flaws in His Word. It’s not The Word that’s messed up, it is our hearts. Imperfect hearts arguing over a perfect word. But, as you pointed out, there is no place on Earth to hide from His scrutiny, and whether we accept it or not we will all be judged by His Word someday, the only question is will be be judged and rewarded for how well we acted on his word, or will we be judged…for rejecting it. Every knee will bow and every tongue confess Him, as savior or judge of eternity.

    As a fellow I know pointed out once…some people need to put away their pea shooters because they will never, ever sink that submarine with it.

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  7. “According to the Scriptures” , well stated, CS! So much of the Word has been fulfilled and more yet to come, all according to the Scriptures. What a gift we have in this “treasure without bottom”!!

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  8. Ashley says:

    “When a man says ‘there is no God,’ this is an opinion springing from a natural desire to hide.”
    I am sorry CS, but this is not true. Firstly, I do not say that “there is no god”. I say that there is no reason to believe that there is a god (any god). I do not do this because I have a natural desire to hide, I do this because there really is no reason to believe that there is a god. I have mentioned this to you several times already in previous conversations. If you think about it rationally, why would I hide from something that I don’t believe in? It’s absurd. I don’t believe that you spend a millisecond of your day “hiding” from Allah for example. I find that all the arguments and “evidences” presented are not persuasive enough to convince me that 1 god is true and that all others are false. Even though you don’t outright say that all other gods (and religions) are false, your position mandates it. Your god and your religion cannot be the one true one without all the others being false. So when both you and a Muslim simultaneously proclaim to know who the one true god is and which religion is the correct one, I know immediately that one of you has to be wrong. When I listen to the arguments presented, I notice that they take exactly the same format with only details changing. When I compound this by finding out that there are literally hundreds of other gods and religions in the world today and hundreds more from centuries past that have already faded into obscurity, I become extremely skeptical that anyone has found the one “true” one. I take the consistent position of rejecting all of them and not the inconsistent position of rejecting all but one of them.

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    • ColorStorm says:

      So Mr Boastful Blasphemer;

      Let’s just say your name and comments are proof of an endless desire for your ‘seeds’ of doubt, decadence, and depravity to find traction.

      No tkx.

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      • Ashley says:

        CS,
        You can most certainly say that my comments are proof of a desire to sow seeds of doubt. I have no problem with that whatsoever. When I see someone like you, who makes statements and talks of things that he can’t possibly know, while proclaiming to know which religion is the one true one and knowing the mind of the one true god, then yes, you can most certainly find me either objecting to asking questions. My blog (the boastful blasphemer) is simply me satirizing the idea that people like you can possibly know the things you claim to know and that I am on this earth as the result of some benevolent deity’s permission and that I owe him everything and should spend my life groveling on my knees thanking him and begging forgiveness for numerous transgressions, some of which I apparently committed before I was even born. That satire is simply a long winded way for me to say “I don’t believe people like you CS”.
        As for the decadence and depravity, I don’t know what you are talking about. Because I don’t believe what you believe, does not make me “depraved” and “decadent” any more than the fact that you don’t believe what the nearest Muslim believes makes you “depraved” and “decadent” either. I would never insult you in such a manner. I find it rather strange that you hurl such hateful insults at me, while proclaiming to have a God-given conscience from a loving and benevolent god who teaches you how to decide right from wrong, moral from immoral, hurtful from kind, etc. I must say, not only am I hurt by that, but rather perplexed as well.

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        • ColorStorm says:

          Thank you very much for confirming the spirit of this essay.

          On the one hand, we have the gospel according to the ‘boastful blasphemer………’

          Then we have everything else………….’ACCORDING to the scriptures.’

          You have proved my premise.

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        • Ashley says:

          CS,
          What are you talking about?!?! What “gospel” have I written? Where have a proclaimed to written anything that is above criticism or from knowledge derived from my relationship with a divine being or sacred scripture?! Where are you getting this from!?!?!

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        • archaeopteryx1 says:

          What he lacks in knowledge, he pulls out of the air – much like the Bible’s authors.

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        • ColorStorm says:

          You know arch, you really should lay low with the prolixity and snideness; you are making me appear as a genius for my moderation skills…………..

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        • archaeopteryx1 says:

          you are making me appear as a genius” – Now that WOULD be a miracle!

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        • ColorStorm says:

          Uh, we ALL bring a gospel, as you do consistently. We all carry a message, we all bring points. ACCORDING to your own words…………….

          ‘Boastful blasphemer?’ Uh, once more, you bring a gospel. Don’t limit the word.

          And thank you for proving the point. You cannot weaken the testimony of scripture, as ALL have worn out every hammer, as they sit in the collective dust bin in the scrapyard of unbelief.

          Yours is but one more rusty and clumsy addition.

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        • Ashley says:

          CS,
          As I explained earlier, the word blasphemy for me is an empty one. It has no meaning for me since I don’t believe that there is a god to show contempt towards, hence the satire.
          We ALL bring a gospel? Really? Well then it should be very easy for you to copy a post of mine, where I have claimed to know something because I have a relationship with an almighty deity and because I do, I know I am right. If you can do that, it would go a very long way to making your case for you. But I know you can’t do that CS, because I am not the one claiming to be right all the time because I know and believe in scripture. YOU are. You have proven time and time again that no matter what, you are always right. There has not been one acknowledgement from you in regards to any of the questions I have asked or any of the statements I have made. When in doubt, you simply state that scripture is the be all and end all, it’s always right, never wrong and that’s the end of that discussion. No further enquires required or necessary. I implore you or anyone who’s read any of the discussions we’ve had to review them and see that that’s not the case. There isn’t a single time where you don’t end up asserting the infallibility of scripture. NOT ONCE. That can be your position if you want, but as anyone can see, its an un-falsifiable one because nothing I can ever say will ever matter because scripture is always right. It’s not a discussion or a debate, it’s you simply stating that you’re right and I’m wrong.

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        • ColorStorm says:

          It’s actually much easier. If I did not live, God’s word would be just as true.

          It is HIS word, not mine. I just happen to agree with the Creator. But do not confuse confidence with arrogance, as they are not twins.

          Scripture is always right? Uh, yea, that’s the point. God is flawless, and His word is sure. That’s the whole color of this post, as well as the ‘unapologetic truth of scripture….’ of this blog.

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        • archaeopteryx1 says:

          the word blasphemy for me is an empty one. It has no meaning for me since I don’t believe that there is a god to show contempt towards, hence the satire.” – I’m the same way with the word, “sin.”

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        • ColorStorm says:

          So once more we have the confirming point of this post, made by professional unbelievers, words ACCORDING to them, that ‘blasphemy is empty,’ and ‘sin’ has no meaning.

          Well done.

          And with one smooth stone, the twin peaks of Stubbornville have crumbled to the ground. How?

          ACCORDING TO THE SCRIPTURES.

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        • archaeopteryx1 says:

          And with one smooth stone, the twin peaks of Stubbornville have crumbled to the ground. How?
          ACCORDING TO THE SCRIPTURES.

          Written by mostly-anonymous, superstitious, scientifically-ignorant, humanly-fallible, Bronze and Iron Age men.

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        • ColorStorm says:

          Nice arch-

          Nothing new, no words of life; cold, dark, narrow-minded, unsavory, putrid, borrowed, and predictable: such are the words springing from the pit of unbelief.

          Then there is ACCORDING TO THE SCRIPTURES, where there is a ceaseless supply of wonderment, knowledge, wisdom, life, light, and truth that sees lies from across the globe; truth that dispels every flaming missile with nary an effort.

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        • Ashley says:

          “Scripture is always right? Uh, yea, that’s the point.”
          Thank you for confirming that your position is un-falsifiable and that any discussion about the veracity of scripture is completely pointless because it’s always true. I will try my best in the future to not debate this point with you and I know that scripture can never be wrong.
          This ties in very nicely to our other conversation then about the stoning of disobedient sons. You don’t have to agree with it or like it, but since it’s clearly in scripture, you have no choice but to accept it.
          I must say I certainly don’t envy your position.

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        • ColorStorm says:

          Really ashley, you are in a very poor position to interpret scripture since you have no use for the God who inspired it.

          Sharp objects need to be handled very carefully. You have NO mandate to stone anybody, but you do have one to repent and believe the gospel, if and in which case, the ‘stoning of disobedient sons stumbling block’ will be then abundantly clear.

          Scripture is always clear to they who seek in truth.

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        • Ashley says:

          Oh CS, I am sorry to say that you have no basis to say this “Really ashley, you are in a very poor position to interpret scripture since you have no use for the God who inspired it.” You told me earlier that you (an indeed all humans) are subject to error. God is perfect and flawless but we humans are fallible and subject to error. That being said, your interpretation of scripture is no more or less correct than my interpretation of it since we are both fallible human beings. That is why I refuse to interpret it and can only take what is written on the page at face value. If the bible says to stone disobedient sons, which it clearly does, then that’s what god must want.
          As a matter of fact, I am unfamiliar with the bible verses that tell me I must repent and believe the gospel. Can you please post them here so that I may read them? Or at least tell me which verses they are so that I may look them up for myself?

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    • archaeopteryx1 says:

      Where is the graveyard of dead gods? What lingering mourner waters their mounds?
      — H. L. Menken —

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      • ColorStorm says:

        Your old song of unbelief and pride is weary;

        And Mr Menken is dead, and God is still God. ‘The fool has said in his heart, there is no God.’

        It appears your satire hero there also missed the part about: ‘according to the scriptures…………..’

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