Thursday, February 01, 2018

Implications If God's Word Isn't Trustworthy And Inspired from Him

Gen 3:1  Now the serpent was more crafty than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said to the woman, "Indeed, has God said, 'You shall not eat from any tree of the garden'?" 
Gen 3:2  The woman said to the serpent, "From the fruit of the trees of the garden we may eat;
Gen 3:3  but from the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the garden, God has said, 'You shall not eat from it or touch it, or you will die.'"
Gen 3:4  The serpent said to the woman, "You surely will not die! 
Gen 3:5  "For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil." 

That was the first and ongoing attack by the devil on God and His Word. But Scripture states clearly of the blessedness, righteousness, purity, inspiration and full authority of it. Psalm 119 is the epic chapter of all of Scripture on God's Word.

Psa_119:13  With my lips I have told of All the ordinances of Your mouth.

Psa 119:72  The law of Your mouth is better to me Than thousands of gold and silver pieces.

Psa 119:137  Righteous are You, O LORD, And upright are Your judgments.
Psa 119:138  You have commanded Your testimonies in righteousness And exceeding faithfulness.

Psa 119:140  Your word is very pure, Therefore Your servant loves it.

Psa 119:142  Your righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, And Your law is truth.

Psa 119:144  Your testimonies are righteous forever; Give me understanding that I may live.

Psa 119:151  You are near, O LORD, And all Your commandments are truth.
Psa 119:152  Of old I have known from Your testimonies That You have founded them forever. 

Psa 119:160  The sum of Your word is truth, And every one of Your righteous ordinances is everlasting. 

I've been studying Ps 119 lately and today as I was pondering it's truths, the attacks I've seen against it and the implications hit me.

If not every part of the Word of God is true and from God, then we can't "hold" God to what He says, whether for blessings, like:

inheritance in Christ
sanctification (all things work to our good)
protection from Satan
a way out of temptation
how deal with sin
know how to please God
eternal/spiritual perspective on all things

or judgments like:

eternal torment for unrepentant people
plagues for adding to or taking away from Scripture
due penalty for the sins of not acknowledging God as Creator and for homosexuality
unstable life
no peace

The reason is because one wouldn't know what parts are true and which aren't.

If God's Word isn't absolutely and minutely all true and God-breathed, then we can't define and respond correctly to all circumstances. We end up wrongly interpreting and thus misapplying Scripture.  And we will continue to not fear Him who is thrice holy. "Christians" then, will act like the world (Rom. 3, Eph. 4; 1Peter 4) instead of like Christ and will not seek what is acceptable to God. They will malign the way of Truth. How could they know what is and is not acceptable if His Word can't be entirely trustworthy? Moreover, if His Word isn't fully pure and from His mouth, then what's left but going to the world and it's philosophies for help?

If not every part of Scripture is absolutely pure and true, then God's judgments aren't pure and righteous, but wrong and unjust. His grace ceases to be grace because man isn't that bad, nor does He deserve all the glory for all good and righteous things in that case since man is pretty good and therefore should share that glory.

You can see the various implications of the notion that God's Word isn't totally pure and righteous. Whether one actively holds to such a view or "merely" acts as if it were true, the outcome is still bad.

Rev 19:11  And I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse, and He who sat on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and wages war.

Rev 21:5  And He who sits on the throne said, "Behold, I am making all things new." And He *said, "Write, for these words are faithful and true."

1 comment:

Darrel said...

So very true, Denise. There are many who claim to be "Christian" and say they believe the Word is true, infallible, inspired, etc. and yet in their next breath are found to be giving homage to their favorite idol, whatever it may be (usually some aberrant doctrine generated by wishful thinking instead of the Word). Such people are double-minded and unstable in ALL their ways.