It is extremely sad but embarrassingly amusing to hear unbelievers say ‘I know more of the scriptures than believers.’ Yeah, like Pontius Pilate or King Herod could hold a candle against ahem, Peter, James, or John, or even Dr. Alfred Edersheim, that stellar minded and biblically astute giant of the faith.
His treatise ‘Old Testament History,’ as well as the monumental ‘Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah,’ were oxes in the land, where all naysayers are but grasshoppers. His work is to this day unchallenged by serious students of scripture.
Then there is always the brilliant man of old, Sir Robert Anderson, whose analytical mind proved helpful during the days of Jack the Ripper’s tenure, as he investigated at Scotland Yard. The Scotsman’s treatise ‘The Silence of God,’ was and still is a monarch of intellectual mastery, thanks to his obvious spiritual gift.
Didja catch the point about his ‘investigations?’ Yes, he used this same skill in digging through scripture, leaving no clue or stone unturned, as he brought forth the deep treasures of scripture, and laid out the pearls where light and truth are friends.
He defended the claims of a silent heaven where God does not speak through signs and wonders to prove He is, and he dissects carefully the dispensational distinctions that make his case iron clad. He argues perfectly the genius of God and the age of grace; and oh by the way, he perfectly explains the wisdom of God regarding Israel’s being set aside; not ‘forgotten, nor gone,’ but a temporary blindness as it were.
The finest examples of men and unbelief wisely did not challenge His premise, yet fools persist today in trying to find loopholes in that which has been forever settled. There are no weaknesses in scripture, as if there are defects in a rainbow, or that a man would complain that the moon is not bright enough.
Among his many contributions, ‘Sketches of Jewish Social life’ has been helpful to not a few in understanding and appreciating the context in which the Lord walked. ‘Forgotten Truths,’ ‘Redemption Truths,’ ‘The Atonement,’ and his outstanding ‘Daniel’s seventieth week,’ are some of the finest teaching aids that God has so freely given to the church in days of attempted corruption of scripture.
Heck, time would fail to document the pillars of the faith such as McIntosh, Grant, Ironside, McGee, Edwards, Ms. Eliot, the great hymn writers such as Newton and Wesley, and oh, the tens of thousands more who have lived and died and who easily defended the faith with an inspiration not their own. The voice of God is so unlike the voice of strangers.
Ones unbelief in the divine automatically disqualifies a person from any chance of being reasonable or fair in a field which eludes him entirely. The word of God is not Time or a Newsweek magazine where careless opinions are thought to be gospel. There are requirements for understanding that are the inbred genius and safeguard by the One who inspired the Book.
The criminally minded cannot be trusted with the ‘sacred trust,’ as it is a law of nature, as well as the warp and woof of scripture. And who are these criminals? Easy. They who commit crimes. And who has done so? Well, last time I checked, entrance into the human race through the portal of birth kind of adds to the notable roster where no man is exempt from this fame called vice.
While stealing penny candy or corporate embezzling are kinds of crime, the very worst is the attempted theft of the truth of scripture, which robs God of His glory, and desires to create shipwreck of ones faith. Thank God for the anchor of the soul.
Many self-proclaimed experts on the human mind write with a pretense that is staggering to common sense and void of rational thought, when they say believers know nothing of the book that the unbelievers try to teach. Truly it is embarrassing to hear the attempts of people who believe not one word of scripture, as they try to lecture on spirituality using natural means. Sorry, no can do. Borrowed rust heaps of metal opinions are useless as a sunken ship and are full of holes and hold no merit. The anchor of scripture does not dull over time.
Note the word ‘borrowed.’ Indeed, there are no new complaints against the veracity of scripture, as they all come from the same recycled bin located in the wee corner of the field called mischief.
The word of God is the only book whose message is hidden to the proud, revealed to faith, confirmed by others, and is ‘studied’ by the unbeliever to gadabout, ‘proving’ its lack of worth. How smart is that to waste time and energy on that which one finds repulsive.
Reminds me of a person who was drunk, and hasn’t touched the bottle in 50 years, who now spends all his days preaching to people that he is still a drunk. If that is not a disconnect of reality, then the unbeliever who is an evangelist has a just cause; unfortunately, one must believe the God of scripture, believe the scriptures of truth, be a follower of Christ, and be equipped with a mouth that brings forth good things, to be a harbinger of the grace of God.
The quantum leap of ignorance by they who pretend to ‘know’ the scriptures, and who boast of intellectual prowess, is dismissed in less than three seconds by people who know what the good book says, for the voice of strangers is a dead giveaway. The voice of the good shepherd is clear as day whereby all other voices are but noise.
The other day I was in a restaurant and heard a man say ‘hello’ to a friend. Never seeing his face and not turning around, I immediately knew him, his name, where I saw him last, the nature of our conversation, where he lived, and the car he drove, simply by hearing his voice.
That said, the voice of truth is more clear than what is heard through the ears.
There is an agreeableness, there is a purity, there is a voice that resonates and reaches the very core of a mans being; like the cadence of the notes on the scale or the sound of running water in a brook, this voice is eloquent in its demure, and since one must choose between ‘the many voices in the air,’ the voice of truth is the clearest, the easiest to hear, and the only one that completely satisfies every issue of life, for honesty answers every thing.
The voice of strangers is but a plastic anchor tossed to and fro, with no root of permanence, no mooring to something better than itself, and while it may gather seasonal attention from the onlookers, it cannot withstand the storms of life, as there is but One who has no competitors.
So it is no surprise that He who is the way, the truth, and the life, speaks with the voice that is as the sound of many waters…….no wonder so many through the corridor of time bowed in grateful appreciation to the One who Himself, and that word, is that anchor.