Why do people sit in judgment of God? Many reasons, but the cream of the crop is to justify hearts void of bowing to ultimate authority. This is proven easily by mans rejection of absolutes.
Instead of finding fault with lawbreakers, mankind cites the law-giver as somehow culpable for the treachery of man. Not too smart.
Beginning from a comment I gave on another post regarding the reliability and truthfulness of scripture, violetwisp was inspired to give her opinion on my alleged shortsightedness on the beauty of the monarch of books.
She dedicated a post highlighting opposing viewpoints using a rather dim view of God as a springboard, and offers corrections and gives examples why my observations are weak, beginning with complete disagreement of what I said here to another blogger:
‘Maybe for starters…….. you may care to admit, that there is no other book on earth such as the word of God. Even if you hated every word, did not believe one word of it, you could not honestly deny its past, merit, influence, laws, grace, wisdom, history, geography, hope, promises, and confident assertions. Even the devil would chastise you for such denials.’ (Colorstorm)
Do read her appeal of such a narrow point of view of the book of books, and the reasons why these conclusions are reached; note her interpretation of scripture which is sadly agreed upon by many as she concludes:
‘Influence:of no relevance
Laws:disgraceful and repugnant
History:myth and fantasy sometimes loosely based on true events
Hope, promises and confident assertions:or threats, fear-mongering and general nastiness’
Hmmm. I say again, hmmm. May I politely steer the ship back on course.
No relevance to the influence of the origin of man, the distinction between male and female, law, the beginning and the genius design of marriage, consequences for unsavory deeds, no relevance of a mans thoughts toward authority?
No relevance of the halls in state capitals such as in Harrisburg Pennsylvania showing Moses as lawgiver, and the scriptures as a guide? No relevance of the Ten Commandments etched in stone monuments across the land?
No relevance of the first American president George Washington leading by example as he looked to Providence at Valley Forge? No relevance of the bible being the greatest book ever?
No relevance of the founding fathers citing men as being endowed by their Creator……..?
No relevance of kings, senators, dukes, scribes, physicians, attorneys, scientists, painters, carpenters, nurses, aides, princes, paupers, farmers, all being influenced by scripture and a God above? No relevance of the biblical command to bless Israel?
But time and paper would fail to document the influence of the irrelevance of the scriptures……….
Disgraceful laws? Really? Which is more revolting: being told not to drive 65mph in a 15 mph school zone, telling a man not to steal his neighbors lawnmower, or telling men and women there will be consequences for adultery, homosexuality, or bearing false witness?
613 laws, not merely ten commandments, given to one nation, as there were civil, moral, dietary, and ceremonial laws, all with a purpose, and a righteous man (or woman) need hardly be offended at the command NOT to lay with a beast. Why such a reminder? Or is it simply that God is well aware of the mischievous acts of men…..
God’s laws are perfect, as they expose the bent of the human heart, and no right-minded person would find fault with ‘thou shalt not steal,’ or ‘honor thy father and thy mother.’
If a law is thought to be ‘repugnant,’ it is only because God is holding a mirror to the heart of men. The gracious scrutiny of heaven toward our conscience is a very good thing, as laws are no threat to law abiders, but imagine the leash of restraint let loose without laws in societies. Look about you, and tell me why the prisons are full of model boy scouts.
The wisdom of scripture is commonplace? Uh no, the wisdom of scripture is not the wisdom of Carl Sagan or the self described Sotomayer. I dare say we do not know what wisdom is if we think it is commonplace. The proverbs of Solomon are a gift of God, and there is no comparison.
Cut the baby in half, and apples of gold in pictures of silver as it were.
The naming of the animals? What committee designated a heifer instead of a lion? Adam apparently knew the difference, and the family of Noah had no problem identifying the animals that Adam named. Which of your friends named the dove? The Japanese also have no problem agreeing with the Dutch that the large eared fella is an elephant, as they bow to the wisdom of the ages.
The Lord was mute before Pilate, but nope, no wisdom here though.
Then there is always the wisdom found in the epistles, proof of God’s light where there was once darkness. Saul then Paul should quiet many mouths. And by the way, there is no shortage of wisdom in blogsville, as proven in the posts and comments by many good people who promote and defend the grace of God, as well as offer insight regarding all issues of life; and humor is wisely sanctified.
History as myth and fantasy but sometimes true? Please. It takes a man with a rather large eraser to say Solomon’s temple was not built as described in scripture; or that Darius was not king; or that Hadassah did not find favor with Xerxes; or that Daniel was not God’s man for the time, and that his three friends were not tossed in the furnace; or that in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, Pontius Pilate being governor of Judaea, and Herod being tetrarch of Galilee, and his brother Philip tetrarch of Ituraea and of the region of Trachonitis, and Lysanias the tetrarch of Abilene…………it would take that same eraser, oh wait, it is already wore out.
And the geography of scripture is irrelevant? Yeah ok. So the Tigris and Euphrates rivers are not important, yet they are conveniently mentioned in Genesis chapter 2……….long before man…..and again in the final book of scripture, Revelation, but other than that, noooooo, no importance. Jericho, Jerusalem, Kidron, Cana of Galilee, Nazareth, Egypt, Bethlehem, Moab, time would fail to document the ‘so what’ of geographical significance, for faith is based on evidence, and scripture abounds with proof.
The geography of scripture sets the table for everything on earth, but yep, simply irrelevant…
The promises of God fall under the category of nastiness or threats? Once more, hmmm.
God’s promise to never destroy the world again by flood is a pretty good promise. His rainbow as his very oath is a confirming promise. His guarantee to keep Israel is promised by His keeping of the moon. (The moon is, and Israel is).
‘I will never leave thee nor forsake thee……….’ is I must say, a pretty good promise given as a seal of God’s approval. He cannot lie, as He is true.
‘I will rise again the third day………….’ once more, the rock of promise, and an iron clad confident assertion, held dear by countless people who have lived by faith, and died having hope that will be rewarded. God is the God of the living, as the God of Jacob is the God of Abraham, is the God of Moses, is the God of Adam, and the God of Peter, James, John, Paul, Lydia, Priscilla, and is the true God of all creation.
‘I saw you under the fig tree………………’ A confident assertion. ‘Go call your husband.’ ‘I have no husband.’ Yep, He knew, just another confident assertion. ‘Before the cock-crow three times………….you will deny me.’ Uh oh.
‘There will be wars and rumors and wars……………’ Meh, like these are not on the nightly news, written thousands of years ago, regarding such an ‘enlightened people,’ but other than a few more confident assertions, no big deal huh…
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law…. Hear that? No law. But yeah, just more nastiness, commonplace, repugnant, and irrelevant truth from scripture. Okaaaaay.
And if we think the fruit of the spirit is commonplace, I suggest we know nothing of good fruit when we see it. And take note of the final sentence in the comment above:
Even the devil would chastise you for such denials.
Yep. The scriptures hold an edge over him, and he is quite knowledgeable of the contents. ‘Hath God said’ is the wedge he uses to ply his craft of deceit and deception, mixing truth and error, with the slippery focus and sleight of hand, with heavy emphasis on error. He is rightly called an angel of light.
Thankfully, the wisdom, hope, and confident assertions of scripture tell the end, and we know God has yet to lose anything; He is worthy and his word sure. But tkx to ms.wisp for an opportunity to add more color, and to stay off the eroding attempts of unbelief.
If you have the time, do visit vwisp site; the ensuing comments over there are an opportunity for a choice to be made regarding that which presents itself as light. You decide. Observe the spirit of the commentary by they who profess such enlightenment as godlessness while pouring forth profane words not fit to utter to a 10-year-old kid, and words that would be considered vile in normal societal circles.
And oh by the way, the law was given to Israel alone by a sovereign God that sin might be magnified, and His purposes unfolded. Apparently the Creator knows the heart of man quite well, for today He extends grace to you.
ps- A person unaided by commentary or by the opinions of others, having read the word of God alone, fully and honestly, will arrive at the inescapable conclusion that God is good, man, eh, not so much, and that God is sovereign and full of grace.
He will see the law of God as a perfect schoolmaster, the wisdom of scripture as above all, the influence of scripture as undeniably relevant, history and geography being unimpeachable, and the blessed hope being an anchor of the soul, the promises of God certain, and the confident assertions faithful as the sun rising in the east.
He (or she) will find that Christ is the express image of God who alone upheld the law of God, and endured the wrath of sin’s penalty…..
yet….God extends an invitation to all, and a seat at His table of delight, where any hobo can sit as a royal, and dine among friends ………… Some thought it thundered……….no it was not thunder………..some thought it was violet………..no, it was lavender, fields of it, heard and seen clearly by eyes and ears of faith.