In the previous study, "Can the Bible Be Trusted? Part 1," we looked at the first principle of Divine preservation of Scripture - God's promise. In this material, we will examine two more - God's Presentation and God's Parallels.
Remember, man cannot be trusted with the greatest message of all time. In order to be sure of God's message, always let the Bible interpret the Bible. Use it in your personal Bible study. Test every preacher, teacher, and church leader by it. Filter all doctrines through it. Let the Bible speak for itself!
Can the Bible be trusted? Not only did God promise to protect the Word, but also the way He presented it speaks volumes about the attention He gives to preserving its purity.
2 Peter 1:19-21 (NIV) "We also have the prophetic message as something COMPLETELY RELIABLE, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by THE PROPHET'S OWN INTERPRETATION of things. For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God AS THEY WERE CARRIED ALONG BY THE HOLY SPIRIT." (Emphasis mine)
Notice three descriptions of the presentational approach of God:
While explaining the inspirational process might very well be outside the ability of the human mind to grasp, we can know this; God's message is "reliable," safeguarded from human "interpretation," and the Source is fully controlled by Him. As a result of that Divine effort in presentation, it seems reasonable to conclude that the same efforts are Divinely assigned to the preservation of Scripture.
When leaders within Calvinism, Reformed Theology, Catholicism, etc., make the elitist claim that they must filter Scripture in order for us common folks to understand it, they return us to the Dark Ages. Not only does God promise to protect His Word (see #1), He even presented it in such a way that elitist tamperers were put on notice. (See also Revelation 22:18-19.) In order to be sure of God's message, always let the Bible interpret the Bible.
par·al·lel (ˈper-ə-ˌlel, ˈpa-rə-, -ləl\) having the same direction, course, nature, or tendency; corresponding; similar; analogous
Can the Bible be trusted? When the awesome God of Scripture wants a principle understood, He does not simply state it, He weaves that message in and out, round and round, and side by side.
Consider baptism and each of these three Divine harbingers of harmony.
Note: The doctrine of marriage is validated in the very same way. This confirms that homosexuality is a perversion. Unfortunately, Calvinism, Reformed Theology, Catholicism, etc., have promoted such a lack of trust in Scripture that the Pandora's box of selective obedience is now wide open. With the popularization of such pick and choose doctrines, is it any wonder why so many of our young people are struggling to accept the Scriptural condemnation of this perversion?!
There is a great difference between human filtering and human discovery. The first starts with man's agenda. The second pursues God's agenda. The awesome God of Scripture longs for human discoverers, but He does not need human editors! His promise, His presentation, and His providential parallels ensure that the living Word of God (1 Peter 1:23) is more than capable of defending itself - in and out, round and round, and side by side. In order to be sure of God's message, always let the Bible interpret the Bible.
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