Line upon line, the book itself looks so unassuming sitting there in the chair across the room, but I give it a wide berth anyway, because the jots and tittles seem to tower to the heavens; I feel that if I read one more word, the whole thing — already leaning overhead — will come falling down.
It’s too much. It’s too complicated: Hello, father of devilish half-truths.
Even so, I think of Adam, Abraham, Noah, and even the Old Testament prophets. So many of them relied upon the Ruah, the spoken words of God, because they didn’t have 66 books to read, dissect, and translate. Some of them had the first 5 books. Some of them a few chronologies. But this Good Book so many treat as salvation itself? Nope.
They had to hear God for themselves.
This is a lost art: I sigh.
It is as hard to read the Bible some days as it is to discern the voice of God — a voice some don’t even believe exists today outside of 66 books.
A demon can speak to you, but God can’t? I find this a very strange theology indeed. Strange enough to call perverse…
If we are to “test the spirits”, I assume they are not always quoting chapter and verse, else, that’d be easy enough. Or maybe it is that they’re quoting chapter and verse; that is hard too.
The devil: “Is it not written?”
Jesus: “It is also written…”
So, that’s helpful. (Not.)
What are we “testing” for? — Is it not to discern the Spirit of Christ, the Spirit of Truth, from many “anti-christs” and “doctrines of demons” that have gone out into the world? And if we are testing, they must both be speaking, and if we are testing and all of these spirits are speaking, then is not the Spirit of God also speaking today to us? — And, as noted, it must not always be chapter and verse or maybe it is always chapter and verse: In either case, discernment is mandatory.
I feel so sad for those who believe that EVERY spirit’s voice is a demon. I feel alarmed for those who believe that EVERY voice they hear comes from God.
Is it not the epitome of tragedy to say that the adversary — the idol so dull — can actively speak and lead many into deception, while our God — the Living God — is mute?
He actively speaks through His Good Book: I heard you the first time. You are not wrong, but then, what about the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob? Does that God not speak to His people any more? — By His Spirit and His Word and through visions and dreams? Why is your God of old more present than the God of new?
I find this a very strange theology, indeed! It sounds like repackaged agnosticism to me: We can know Him afar off through things He said then… as if He is not still here in the very rooms of your heart.
He is, isn’t he? Still here? In your heart?
He said 66-books worth of stuff; isn’t that enough? Generally, I agree with you, but…
Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.John 21:25
Of course, there is something special about the Good Book, and we are instructed not to add to IT; however, that is not mutually inclusive of a mute God and the forfeiting of your own life’s book:
And you show that you are a letter from Christ delivered by us, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.2 Corinthians 3:3
The Bible Tells Me So
I dabble in academia, I read the scholars, but I don’t profess to be one. There are days I can’t bear to crack open that book because I know I will tumble down a rabbit hole of contingencies, complications, dichotomies, jots, and tittles that I just can’t — I just don’t have the energy or smarts or desire to unravel… apart from the Ruah of God.
But as for you, continue in the things you have learned and firmly believed, since you know from whom you have learned them. From infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for instruction, for conviction, for correction, and for training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be complete, fully equipped for every good work.2 Timothy 3:14-17
Does this mean that only Scripture bears these properties? Or does the God-breathed of today also bear these marks?
As it is said, “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.”Hebrews 3:15
He redeemed us in order that the blessing promised to Abraham would come to the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit.Galatians 3:14
Jesus left us, He departed in bodily, visible, tangible form, heralding the promise of something better — the promise of the precious Holy Spirit, of whom Jesus said:
I still have much to tell you, but you cannot yet bear to hear it.
However, when the Spirit of truth comes, He will guide you into all truth. For He will not speak on His own, but He will speak what He hears, and He will declare to you what is to come. He will glorify Me by taking from what is Mine and disclosing it to you.
Everything that belongs to the Father is Mine. That is why I said that the Spirit will take from what is Mine and disclose it to you.John 16:12-15
And so it is, the Good Book indeed declares the wonders of the Ruah of God!
Because, honestly, in these days when knowledge has increased to flooding proportions, I so often need my Comforter to speak the Truth of what He hears for today — by any means He chooses.
Oh Father, thank you for giving us your precious Holy Spirit, which dispenses daily bread in testimony of Spirit and in bearing witness to the Truth. Let us not slight Him but love Him… and learn to discern.
Because 66 books plus the number of man (6) does not create a life-giving equation….