It has been stated a few billion times that christians do not understand the scriptures. And who pray tell would assert such a thing? Drum roll please.
By they who do not believe one word of it.
Yep, here we have the perfect example of a common weasel chastising Mrs. Smith the English teacher for not being able to teach the alphabet to the critter. Pah rum pa pum pum. No disrespect to the little fella of course.
It is also really not too wise for a 2-year-old kid who cannot tie his shoes or subtract four from nine, to lecture a master mathematician. And the Master? Why, God of course, who put into play the genius of arithmetic, that exact science which proves reliability, credibility, verifiability, dependability, precision, faith, and who has proved it by a written record of his favor and oath toward mankind.
Lecturing believers in their deficit in understanding God’s word does not add up in any sane conversation. If a weasel doesn’t know the difference between the letter ‘a’ or ‘t,’ he may as well keep quiet when telling others they are spelling ‘c. a. t.’ incorrectly. Bada bing bam bam.
The unbeliever pretends to have an interest in scripture, but this is merely a feigned interest cloaked in deception, as the bread crumbs always, always lead to the perversion of the pure word of God.
God’s word is not an index where the careless or sloppy of thought may glean truth without a heart exercised unto Godliness. No, truth is developed here a little, there a little, line upon line, precept upon precept, where there is contentment and great joy. Scripture interprets itself, as spiritual things are compared with spiritual.
‘It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.’ ‘Fourscore and seven years ago.’ Great opening lines of course, but words assembled because of a borrowed alphabet. Yes, the Alphabet, the start of all things, where we read ‘In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth…….’ words unequalled in majesty of literary merit. Everything flows from this source.
So one should tread slowly when demanding answers from a book one despises, and be even more cautious when accusing others of not understanding that which is unattainable to a heart devoid of spiritual sense.
Does this sound familiar? ‘There was no tower at Babel. There was no fiery furnace. No Exodus. Smart people say this is a myth. Prove it happened.’ And I say this:
While believing none of it, they want answers from all of it.
After a barrage of pettiness, 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.
Certain folks demand answers from scripture, Sola scriptura! they shout, while at the same time deny the authority from scripture which gives the answers their only merit. Look at the supreme lack of logic being engaged, where the precursor to the question, guarantees ANY answer as completely unacceptable.
There is no correct answer to the atheist under his own terms.
Remember the charges Paul had to deal with when people questioned his ministry? It was shameful for his audience to hear what he endured, and should have been immediately humbling, and furthermore, should have quieted the mouths of ALL detractors.
Yeah, he went without food, he was shipwrecked, he was flogged and his body pelted, he met with perils from above, below, sideways, he dealt with the enemies of the gospel, he taught scripture night and day, he prayed for his brethren as well as his enemies, he unfolded the Old Testament doctrines of justification, the atonement, propitiation, righteousness, judgment, sanctification, redemption, he taught the law correctly, he unfolded the prophets correctly, and he correctly interpreted the Psalms through the glory of the Messiah, and for this he was further hated, but counted it as joy.
He was further given revelation by the Lord Christ on the mystery of Israel’s temporary blindness and setting aside, and the grafting in of the Gentiles; he was given the doctrine of Adam being the federal head of the human race; he was given the unfolding of the truth of a rejected Head, with a body on earth, and a stone of offence but the chief corner Stone; he was given the doctrine of the Lord’s supper as begun ‘on the night in which he was betrayed;’ he was given the insight into the first and last Adam, the first and the second Man; the kingdom promised to Israel, and the kingdom into which all are born from above; he was given the revelation of marriage, as in man and woman, as begun in the garden, but ending with another type of Bride; indeed Paul the apostle was a well of doctrine thank God.
It was he who was taught the fruit of the Spirit by a living Lord, and he artfully explained the dead works of fallen man with good intentions.
So yeah, he did this for a lie, the same way you sit under an elm shade tree sipping lemonade, convincing yourself there is neither shade nor tree. Yeah right, Paul the apostle, formerly Saul of Tarsus, was a liar. Uh huh, sure. And weasels have excellent penmanship. And believers also know nothing of scripture, yep, sure.
But the good news? Understanding is available to whosoever will; it’s just that darn pride thing…