Common Evidence of the Ultimate Reality: Our Infinite Creator at Work
When did you begin to exist? Your parents inherited the genes of you & your siblings from your grandparents, who inherited those of you, your siblings & parents, and uncles, aunts & all their children from your great-grandparents, who inherited those of you, your siblings & parents, and your uncles, aunts & all their children, and your grandparents, and great uncles, great aunts & all their children from your great-great-grandparents, etc. Your ancestry & all others began in two original great-great-great-great-great.......grandparents having all genetics producing all generations, and you were always there. Your genetics controlling personality, intellect, ethnicity, height, etc, or you before you took on flesh & a spirit (Ec.12:7), are a product of many gene combinations that stem from Adam & Eve over 6000 years ago, and that's when you began to exist (and Levi in Abraham's loins, long before his birth, paid tithes to Mel- chizedek - Heb.7:9,10). God knew the present you before He formed you in the belly to prepare you for the role in life He ordained for you, as He knew & formed Jeremiah to prepare him for the role of prophet (Jer. 1:5). In His book all your members were written when as yet there was none of them, as God formed David and prepared him to serve God with all his heart (Ps. 139:15,16), yet allowed his human weakness; God allowed all gene combinations identifying you, so you were in His plan at the creation. Your genes, uniting with others, can produce increasingly-com- bined forms of you indefinitely, and unlimited propagation of increasingly-complex, widely-variant physical/mental life from two original parents requires an infinite Creator, yet many say there is no God. Perhaps God allows many to ignore Him by not intervening in their troubles & disasters.
God created you to fulfill the role in life He ordained for you, but He gives you the power of choice. You may choose to follow Him through a faith-based view of His Word, or you may follow the views of most practitioners of "modern "science" and "biblical scholarship" who criticize faith in God and the accuracy of His Word. Before choosing, it's wise to compare the logic & credibility of the two perspectives.
God Speaks to Us by Inspiration: Relating Events of Ps.22 and Mt.27
A Ps.22/Mt.27 link: In Ps.22:1 David says My
God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me, a likely reaction to a seeming lack of God intervening in king Saul's relentless effort to kill David. The same words were spoken by Christ on the Cross (Mt.27:46) ~1000 years later, and as the human Jesus He spoke of anguish of the Cross, but as God He spoke the words to show readers over the centuries that David spoke of Him.
The background: In Mt.27:42 priests, scribes & elders see Christ on the cross as helpless & mock him, saying, If he be the king of Israel, let him come down from the cross. He could have come down from the cross, and one figure knew this at that time; this one hates God, who will send him to the lake of fire, and he hates God's image in us. He called God a liar, saying to Eve Ye shall not surely die. Satan induced sin in mankind to send us to the lake of fire, and in pursuing this goal, he influences priests, scribes & elders to goad Christ to come down from the cross and nullify our salvation.
Inspiration proven: In Ps.22:8 David speaks words of those mocking him, saying He
trusted on the Lord that he would
deliver him: let him deliver him. In Mt.27:43 priests, scribes & elders mocking Jesus on the Cross say He
trusted in God, let him deliver him, the same words David spoke of his
persecutors in Ps.22:8 (the Psalm that he would deliver him reflects poetic style with words unessential to
the meaning; Greek prose gives the strict literal sense). In speaking David's words in Ps.22:8, they
fulfilled prophecy, proving they were the mockers David prophesied of, and thus proving the trusting one David prophesied of is Jesus, the one pierced in Ps.22:16. Zec.12:10 says this pierced one is the firstborn of the entire family of Israel, so He has the birthright of, and is head of, that family; He is Messiah, and Zec.12:10 reveals the one pierced as God. If the priests, scribes & elders had known their words would reveal Jesus as both God and Messiah, they'd never have spoken them; they hated Him for exposing their sin & hypocrisy, and their hatred reflects control of them by satan who hates God.
There is only one explanation for this unique prophecy fulfillment. God alone could break satan's hold on priests, scribes & elders to make them speak contrary to their will, veiling the real meaning of their words. In both Mt.27:42 & 43, they exercise irreverent speaking style to mock Christ, yet the meaning of 27:43 overpowers that of 27:42. In the inspiration process, the Spirit reveals satan's control of evil men's words in 27:42, then shatters satan's control as He dictates 27:43 words to the men, without altering their speaking style in 27:42. God speaks to us of His Son by inspiration that reveals His power to dictate His words to men, as He shows us the darkness of our peril and the light of our deliverance, emphasizing the contrast. Since God can dictate words to men without altering their speaking style, it follows that His dictation of scripture to the writers, without altering their writing style, can be the general type of inspiration. This would be plenary verbal inspiration, despite preservation of human writing style.
A Modernist Society Closes It's Mind to the Voice of God
evolutionist alternative to God: Men
offer an alternative to the Creator of life, a notion that unending
chains of human, animal & plant life all came from one living
one-cell organism that was born from lifeless slime having no genes,
to make us distant cousins to slime, trees & bugs. This requires
a triple miracle, that life came from non-living slime, members of
simpler species underwent transition to complex ones without
producing any of necessary millions of intermediate types exhibiting
transition (examples always prove to be bogus), and transition
occurred by devised technically-impossible mechanisms (Essay 14,
topic 2). To believe in evolution requires a faith in nature that
defies the laws of genetics and all reason & logic.
Indeed, how can intelligence, joy, sorrow, love, hate & hope arise from lifeless slime devoid of all relation to these common aspects of life? How can physical genes transmit mental/spiritual traits from an ancestor to descendants by any power other than that
of the Creator breathing transmittable life into our first ancestor, as
scripture indicates (Gen.2:7), and from where else can the desire for
order & purpose in life originate? How can people, filled with desire for order & purpose, arise in a universe that began without order & purpose? Is a watch produced by lifeless atoms that accidentally form themselves into parts of precise properties, that in turn accidentally form themselves into a precise time-keeping mechanism? The universe, from the world of microbes to very distant galaxies, is far more ordered & precise than any watch, and an infinite Creator alone can account for its existence.
Men invent evolution to avoid God and justify animal-like behavior, but end up with faith in nature as their miracle-working god, much like primitive tribes that have nature's sun, moon or animals as idol gods. To favor evolution mythology over God's Word is wildly foolish: A dark dragon figure offers evolutionism in an invitation that is a lot like the invitation to the fly to make himself comfortable in the spider's web.
to God's inerrant Word: Critical Greek texts for modern versions reflect opinion of critics who favor highly-variant Alexandrian
manuscripts lost to churches for ~1400 years; they assemble a text, choosing readings they prefer in manuscripts they prefer. Such a text never existed as a whole, and can't approximate autograph originals, for text assembly, preferences & highly-variant lost texts deny preservation. Many scholars agree that autograph originals were inerrant, but claim that manuscript variance shows God didn't preserve inerrant texts, allowing critics to identify a suitable text. But why would He endow
inerrancy just to let it be lost for centuries, making us today rely on tinkering of critics who just prefer the
few older Alexandrian manuscripts to the many younger Traditional-Text ones? (texts of the latter-type manuscripts are likely older - essay 4i). The tinkering results in absence of
passages like underlined parts of He
that believeth on me
everlasting life in Jn.6:47, redemption through his
God who created all things by
Jesus Christ in
believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God
in Acts 8:37 and God
was manifest in the flesh in
1 Tim.3:16 (scholars deny any trend here, but see essay 3). Tinkering
has no place in God's Word and its vital topics like the deity of Christ, trusting in Him alone for salvation and God's will for our lives.
If, as scholars say, God didn't preserve inerrant autograph texts, there is no certainty of scripture content, making the text subject to scholar opinion. The result is today's unsettled critical Greek text (the current Nestle/Aland text culminates 28 critical-text editions so far) and many differing versions, to suggest there is no standard book of God. Some modern versions greatly forsake literality, to suggest the Bible can be adapted to any modern taste, like a popular magazine. An inerrant text is vital, for Christ said we'll be judged by His Word (Jn. 12:48), that's in written form today, and error can render judgment unjust.
Inerrant texts that He preserves always for all His people can only be the traditional ones. To advocate recovery of long-lost scripture by scholars is to impute to them a power above God's preservation power and control by mere men of the one absolute guide to life, judgment & eternity. This is humanist error, yet many ascribe error to those trusting God alone by limiting true texts to traditional ones culminating in the KJV in English form. Faith in God's preservation of His text is logical, but faith in scholarship of mere sinners is absurd. Indeed papyri now show that Traditional-Text readings trace to the 2nd century, which, in view of the overall harmony of current texts, speaks of authenticity. Alexandrian-text quality, from 4th-century manuscripts to 2nd-century papyri, worsens drastically, denying authenticity. Further, if the Greek text-type of scholars were authentic, God's truth would have been lost to churches for ~1400 years, to make God and His Word seem non-existent (satan's goal). Immoral modern nations having modern texts as a guide plunge ever-deeper into a darkness of death, ignoring God's inerrant traditional Word that offers eternal life & health to all.
Guide: The Certainty of God's Word, Not the Opinions of Scholars
Christ said Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God (Mt.4:4); every word from God is inerrant, and if we're to live by them, they must be preserved, in our language, and free of men's tinkering. God preserved inerrant truth for us, the same God who created earth and controls its axial rotation & orbital revolution so precisely, cycles of days & seasons are fully predict- able (Heb.1:3, upholding all things - by His word - a big bang produces only chaos).
Preservation of inerrant traditional texts would require God's ongoing
intervention in text history to enable accurate manuscript copying & translation and to defeat distortion by agents of darkness. Evidently He does so by guiding scholarship of select
texts (see YHWH
25,26,49 in essay 12
essays 4a,g,h,5a). Greek-text comparison indicates inerrancy persisted historically in select Traditional- Text
manuscripts, which should be those retained or corrected by true
churches (essays 4a,b,e). This history produced the Received Text as the standard, all matured
editions preserving inerrancy (after printing-error correction) by
preserving all authentic passages & their true sense of meaning and
a high degree of text literality. Inerrancy requires exact equivalence, not word-for-word agreement, and minor differences in literality among matured editions don't affect equivalence & inerrancy (essay 4h). This textual state contrasts starkly with that of assembled latter-day critical texts & their long-lost highly-variant primarily-Alexandrian basis.
Historical inerrancy preservation requires one traditional Old & New Testament, re- futing those who say advocating only our traditional English Bible & textual basis is too narrow. Narrowness of truth prevents confusion & error, and Christ tells us His truth is very narrow, saying narrow is the way which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it (Mt.7:14), and no man cometh unto the Father but by me (Jn.14:6). Consistent accuracy typifying inerrancy marks Hebrew/Aramaic & Greek texts of the KJV, and is preserved in equivalent English form in the KJV, as emphasized by consistently-wrong criticism of these texts by scholars. They don't grasp Masoretic- Text uniqueness, wrongly exalt oldest manuscripts, at times judge text accuracy on the basis of opinion, are blind to Alexandrian-Text faults, often overlook vital textual evidence, wrongly say language-convention up-dating is text revision, often don't relate grammar to context, and don't realize text wording can modify that of textual ancestors, yet retain inerrancy by exact equivalence. Scholars fall into much textual error by denying God's preservation role, as expected, for Christ said without me ye can do nothing (Jn.15:5). Who do you trust, God or men? Christ who was crucified for us cares far too much to give us anything less than His preserved inerrant Word to guide us all along the way to eternity, and would never let His guidance take the form of long-lost texts subject to scholar opinion & tinkering. God's Word endureth forever, but men's work withereth & falleth away (1 Pet.1:24,25).
Faithless scholarship & evolutionism mark humanist morally-sick lands, but healing is possible: 2 Chron.7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. (essay 6c-2)
*On this website NIV quotes are mainly from the 1984 edition. NASV quotes are from the 1977 edition. The NKJV & ESV are quoted on occasion.