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Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Biblical Authority

When I was young, one of my favorite words was “why?” My poor mother used to tell me things such as, “A person is not supposed to have sex before marriage.” I would ask, “Why? Lots of people are doing it.” She would tell me, “It is not right.” But why? “Why can’t I smoke pot?” “Why can’t I stay out all night?” “Why can’t I do whatever I want as long as I don’t hurt anyone?” “Because I said so…” just didn’t cut it, for me, rebellious soul that I was. She tried to answer me, but none of her reasons convinced me. I never got a real good answer to these questions until I was about 20 years old.

Joe. That was the man’s name who witnessed to me of Christ’s love. He told me “Jesus Christ loves you.” He backed up his statements by telling me that the Bible said so. I was a sinner, part of the “ungodly” and a part of “the world”…all the qualifications you need to be one that Christ loved and died for.

My interest was peaked. I didn’t remember hearing much from the Bible except certain, select passages, chosen by the Catholic Church, to be read over and over again for your whole life of mass attending, which I wasn’t doing anyway! I hadn’t believed the Bible was true, but I was open to hearing why he thought it was.

Joe explained to me that there were prophecies which predicted many specific things about Christ. Now, I knew the one about being born in Bethlehem, but for almost 12 years of Catholic education, that is about all I knew, and it had become very easy to ignore. He showed me Matthew 2 about Christ, “…out of Egypt have I called my son,” and “…he shall be called a Nazarene,” and “…but you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you will come a ruler who will be the shepherd of my people Israel.” He said that those in O.T. times studying prophecy had probably thought this was all rather confusing and contradictory, but that the way in which all three had been true about this one man, Jesus, was in perfect harmony with what had been pre-written of him. Wow!

There was a lot more that I heard. I was shown the law of the prophets and how that if they made a mistake even once, they were to be stoned. (The Pyromaniac touched on this subject recently.) He showed me how it was predicted that Israel would be scattered into all the nations and that they would be abused and hated in those nations. That shed some light on all the teasing that the Jews in my neighborhood got, and…the Holocaust. Joe showed me that the Bible predicted they would be brought back into their land again, and once again would be a nation. I knew nothing of this! I had heard about Israel, etc… but never paid much attention. He told me about 1948 and related it to the scriptures. Wow. There was a God! Who else could reveal the future? Now, I had seen television shows about Nostrodamus, but his prophecies didn’t seem to really matter in a cohesive sense. (Besides, he made mistakes and so, under the law of the prophets, he would’ve been stoned). Have you ever watched one of those shows about all that Nostrodamus has predicted? For me I was always left with the thought, “So what?” But this was different. This was God and He cared for humanity. He made us. He made me, and wanted me to know Him. He also showed me in my soul (with a proof that I could not show anyone else) that I was right to believe His Word, it really was true. Is this called "faith"?

This, and many other discussions with Joe, are what, I beieve, the Holy Spirit used to convice me of the truth of God's Word. The fact that the Bible was true was a turning point for me. Religion had left me hopelessly asking, “Why?” But truth from God…what a concept! What a wonder! The gospel was presented and it had teeth because it was from God’s Word, which was from the Creator himself. My "whys" were answered about all my bad behaviour, too, and I found forgiveness for things that were clearly sin. It was not a man-made idea, this was utterly clear to me.

Now I look to the Bible … for it is what God wants people to know about Him and His plan. It is true about whatever it speaks. It says God created everything in 7 days. If it said He created it in 7 seconds, I would believe that, too. It says He made woman from the rib of man. If it said, he made woman from a toad, I would believe that, too. He has answered many more of my “why” questions, and I now have something to go by. I don’t have to submit to the teachings of men. I can look to the scriptures, the whole council of God, to see what God wants us, me, to know.

My next post is going to be on how I reconcile scriptures that seem to contradict, because it is important to me that the whole Bible is true, not just parts.

14 Comments:

  • Great stuff.

    By Blogger Dyspraxic Fundamentalist, at 11/08/2005 12:23 PM  

  • Really great post!

    By Blogger Dorothy, at 11/08/2005 12:36 PM  

  • Fulfilled prophecy has been one of the undeniable "proofs" to me of the divine authorship of God's Word. The fulfilled prophecy is absolutely amazing. The only way around it is to engage in late date setting as higher critics "must" do given their anti-supernaturalistic presupposition.

    It's so good to know we can can have absolute confidence in the "more sure word of prophecy".

    Good post!

    By Anonymous Bobby Grow, at 11/08/2005 12:47 PM  

  • Good to see that you believe in a 7 day creation account. I believe that is the only way we can understand the subsequent account of the entrance of sin into the human race.

    I once heard a liberal radio personality opine that anybody who believes such a thing is an idiot. I believe Lional was his name. Sad.

    We'll be watching

    By Blogger bluecollar, at 11/08/2005 1:29 PM  

  • Hi Rose,

    I'm amazed to hear that the Messianic prophecy played such a role in your conversion, that is very unusual but great to hear. I think it has a world of potential for that!

    I once said you might be a prophetess, but sometimes I think you sound more like an evangelist :o)

    By Blogger loren, at 11/08/2005 5:11 PM  

  • I re-read this, (typed it kind of fast this morning) and I noticed I am prolifically using the personal pronoun again (I'm still sensitive to that).
    Let me make it clear, I wasn't aiming at talking about my testimony so much, but I just wanted to tell how I believe the Bible is authoritative. Instead of just spouting off that it IS authoritative, I wanted to share, in a small way, how I came to that conclusion. And I certainly recognize that even if I hadn't come to that conclusion, God's Word still would be true and authoritative. It wouldn't, however, be an authority in my thinking ... and so I would be left with all my questions and nowhere to find the answers. I'm glad I'm not there.

    Dyspraxic, Dorothy, Bobby, Mark, and Loren...thank you all for reading my first person laden post and for your positive comments.

    By Blogger Rose~, at 11/08/2005 5:50 PM  

  • God's word is truth and if we say anything else we would be like the world.Keep writing

    By Blogger forgiven, at 11/08/2005 7:36 PM  

  • Great post.

    In my opinion, first person narration is much easier to read. It is direct, personable, and less "pontificating" sounding.

    By Blogger Earl, at 11/08/2005 8:12 PM  

  • Rose,

    I have been researching scriptures that seem to contradict for quite a while. It will be interesting which ones you choose.

    God bless!

    Antonio

    By Blogger Antonio, at 11/08/2005 8:16 PM  

  • Forgiven,
    Thanks for coming on over and I appreciate your encouragement.

    Earl,
    That does it...I will confidently use the first person narrative that you have validated. I just told my hus earlier that day that I feel uncomfortable stating things in a "teacher" kind of a voice. With your comment, you put this in a nutshell.

    Antonio,
    I haven't done great research like it sounds you have. I am a pretty simple Christian. I hope you will contribute to the discussion. I am honored to have you here.

    By Blogger Rose~, at 11/09/2005 10:32 PM  

  • Rose , Great post. I found you through Shawns blog, I go to church with him. I too enjoy reading in personal narration, easier to read. It amazes me how one simple book is so complex and gives us all the answers, even when we do not fully understand them. Seeking Christ to reveal the truth to us through his word, and himself is the only way! Thanks!

    Anne

    By Blogger anne, at 11/10/2005 12:17 AM  

  • That is a great post!

    The Bible is God revelation of his love for His creation and His plan for its redemption.

    It is totally authoritative.

    Good stuff.

    By Blogger Joe, at 11/10/2005 9:37 AM  

  • Anne and Joe, thanks for reading and encouraging! This is a subject near and dear to my heart.

    By Blogger Rose~, at 11/10/2005 4:34 PM  

  • What's a hus?

    By Blogger J. Wendell, at 11/11/2005 5:29 PM  

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