Is that which David said, but mostly paraphrased, what he, in fact said?No! If it has been altered one iota, it is not what he said. Likewise,that which is a commentary on what he said, is not what he, in fact said!
Many people today rightfully think because it has quotation marks ("..." ) around the words that it is in fact what a person said. However,oft times, only a portion of what was said is quoted leaving a totallyfalse impression of what the person meant and even goes so far as to obfuscatewhat the person did say. Oft times, putting words in quotation marks ("..." ) is a deliberate attempt by Satan to deceive. You can't always trustsomething quoted by a second or third party. You must go to the source.In like manner, just because someone said something is what God said, doesnot mean that is what or how God said it!
What is the word of God? Using the same criteria, few people would disagreewith the premise that the Word of God is that which, and only that whichGod spoke! It's not the numerous commentaries written on what a personthinks God said, how a person interprets what God said nor what a personthought God meant to say!
A prophet speaking for God will preface God's words by saying, "Thissayeth the Lord God," or some similar wording indicating the words areother than his own. Is a commentary of what God said, the word of God?No! It is merely commentary. It might be an inspired commentary, but itis no less a commentary.
Inspiration verses revelation: How does revelation differ from inspiration.Revelation comes direct from God Himself or through one of His messengers.Many times, what people mistaken for words spoken by God are in fact spokenby a messenger. However, they are no less authentic, authoritative andvalid than if God said them himself. God is the chief delegator!
Inspiration is that which the Holy Spirit testifies to, to the individual'sspirit, mind or psyche. It is not precise nor is it meant to be. Can aperson, even a prophet though he or she may be, error in his or her interpretationof that inspiration. Yes! Absolutely! While the likelihood is in some measureunlikely, it is still very possible depending on the individual. As a child,how often did you say something to the affect, "I did it because I knowthat's what my parents would have wanted me to do." That was inspirationfrom your parents, through the Holy Spirit, to your spirit or psyche.
In brief, revelation is "The Word of God" spoken in person or by a dulyauthorized representative or messenger, is unequivocally and undeniablythe Word. Inspiration, however, is not as clear cut, precise or definitivebut is meant to influence, to motivate the person or individuals. Is man,even a prophet, able to misinterpret inspiration? If a prophet interprets,slants or words revelation he or she receives according to his culture,language, knowledge and intellect, why is it such a stretch for someoneto acknowledge that inspiration is even less certain.
Those Christians who deny Christ and who lament for the old Law of Mosesin Numbers 22:20, God said through His prophet,
20 And God came unto Balaam at night, and said unto him, If the mencome to call thee, rise up, [and] go with them; but yet the word whichI shall say unto thee, that shalt thou do.
Read it again, "If the men come to call thee, rise up, [and] go withthem..." what do you do? "But yet the word which I shall say unto thee,that shalt thou do." Even in the days of the ancient Israelites, God wasemphasizing, do what I say, not what others tell you.
For those who still lament for the Old Law of Moses and not only believebut also insist the entire Bible is the literal word or God, lets lookthe following,
12 But Rabshakeh said, Hath my master sent me to thy master and tothee to speak these words? [hath he] not [sent me] to the men that situpon the wall, that they may eat their own dung, and drink their own pisswith you?
Tell me you think God might be into sadomasochism and voyeurism. Isn'tthat what the Fundamentalist rail against gay people for although veryfew if any are really into it.
Lets look at another scripture:
2 Kings 18:27
27 But Rabshakeh said unto them, Hath my master sent me to thy master,and to thee, to speak these words? [hath he] not [sent me] to the men whichsit on the wall, that they may eat their own dung, and drink their ownpiss with you?
Fundamentalists are absolutely right. The Bible is the literal wordof God and God is admitting that he is into... I could go on an on. Personally,however, God did not say that. Someone by the name of Rabshakeh did. However,the literalists are stuck and locked in because by their edict, the abovescriptures are the literal Word of God.
For those readers who are true Christians, lets go to the writings ofPaul. He admits writing the epistles to the members of the church in variouscities to exhort them to hold fast to the faith. However, Paul seeminglycontradicts Fundamentalist's belief that God commanded all man to marry,multiply and replenish the earth. Paul, by his actions and deed, exhibitsnuances of contradicting even Christ when He said, "Whatsoever God bindson earth, let no man put asunder." Saul of Tarsus, Paul, if he was ordainedan Apostle which there is no record of anywhere, is the biggest embarrassmentto the Fundamentalist's insistence on a literal interpretation of the Bible.For example, in 1st Corinthians we read:
1 Corinthians 7:1
"Now concerning the things whereof ye wrote unto me: It is good fora man not to touch a woman."
1 Corinthians 7:25-27
"Now concerning virgins I have no commandment of the Lord yet I givemy judgment, as one that hath obtained mercy of the Lord to be faithful."
"I suppose therefore that this is good for the present distress, I say,that it is good for a man so to be."
"Art thou bound unto a wife? seek not to be loosed. Art thou loosedfrom a wife? seek not a wife?"
Of everything written in the Bible, God's words, that which he spokeor revealed, could be reduced to a couple dozen pages. The rest is merelycommentary, some inspired, some misinterpreted, some mistranslated andsome misrepresentation. Of the New Testament, only the four gospels containthe words and Gospel of Jesus Christ and the Book Revelation are thoserevelations received by the Apostle John on the Isle of Patmos. The restis merely commentary and inspired exhortations intermixed misinterpretations,mistranslation and misrepresentations.
I just read where Joseph Smith wrote,
4 And whatsoever they shall speak when moved upon by the Holy Ghostshall be scripture, shall be the will of the Lord, shall be the mind ofthe Lord, shall be the word of the Lord, shall be the voice of the Lord,and the power of God unto salvation.
As we have seen in recent years, that passage has opened the door fornumerous abuses by the leaders of the Mormon Church where they have merelyclaimed to be inspired and the members of their church are to regard whatthey say and write as the word of God. In conflict with this is their ProphetBrigham Young who said members must question their leaders, to not takeanything on blind faith alone.
To some, it is troubling that God would say one thing one minute, hour,day or year then say something else the next. God is the same yesterday,today and forever, however that doesn't mean He is locked into doing thesame thing nor in the same way year in and year out.
If God was locked into doing the same thing the same way, man wouldstill be subject to the Law of Moses. However, God gives to all man accordingto what they are able receive or comprehend. That doesn't mean as the Jewishdescendants of the House of Israel, the Muslims or the 1,000 differentdenominations of Christians increase in knowledge and understanding thatGod is locked into one way to accomplish His goals.
Do you always treat and respond to all your children the very same way?No! Of course you don't! As they individually process and gain more knowledgeand understanding, you respond to them individually according to theirquestions, needs and understanding.
39 For behold, this is my work and my glory--to bring to pass the immortalityand eternal life of man.
This is as if God were to have said, "This is my blessed role, my job,my task, my happiness and joy to provide for my children, to nurture them,to insure they have a wonderful live, to watch them grow in and to maturityand help them be the best they can be."
As times and needs change, so does your instructions, directions andhelp given to your children change but it is all consistent with what you'vesaid previously. The same with God. As the times and need of man changesand he becomes more intelligent and sophisticated in his knowledge, understandingand comprehension as opposed to intellectually remaining equivalent toa flea on a gnats ass, God is going to treat man differently, entrust himwith more sophisticated knowledge and more technical instructions likeAnalytical Geometry, Calculus and Nuclear Physics. Imagine Adam, Eve orSeth attending a class in Cosmic Chemistry 454 and Physics of the Universe678 or even a post graduate class? Would you put your two year old sonor daughter through that? I think not! It would be like teaching additionto a brick wall. You wouldn't put your children through that crap and neitherwill God until man is ready. But that doesn't mean that God isn't the sameyesterday, today and tomorrow, only that our ability to relate, understandand comprehend has improved.
Another thing to consider, it wasn't God that even said something differentof even seemingly contradictorily but it was man's inability to relateand understand what he was being told that is and was in error. It maynot have even been an different or error but only that which and how manrelated to it at the time or what the people could accept at the time.
David R.W. Wadsworth
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