Joy to the World: O Night Divine - Immanuel - God with Us
Opening Our Eyes to the Ultimate Reality: Our Infinite Creator
did you begin to exist? Your parents inherited the genes of you &
your sib- lings from your grandparents, who inherited those of you,
your siblings & parents, and uncles, aunts & all their
children from your great-grandparents, who inherited tho- se 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.......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 com- binations 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 birth, paid tithes to Melchizedek -
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 said of Jeremiah (Jer.1:5). In His book all your
members were written when as
yet there was none of them, as God said of David (Ps.139:15,16). God allowed all gene combinations that identify you, so you were in His plan at the creation. Your genes, uniting with others, can produce
increas- ingly-combined forms of you indefinitely. Unlimited
propagation of increasingly-complex, widely-variant mental/physical life from two original parents speaks of an infinite Creator, and He cares for you personally, communicating His will by His Spirit to make your life fruitful unto eternity. Yet many steadily approach eternity denying the reality of God, setting their own standards of life & morality, as if they were God.
God created you for the role in life He ordained for you, but gives you a choice. You can receive Christ in salvation, and follow Him by faith in His Word, or you can follow "scientists," "scholars" & other humanists who cripple morality, attacking faith in God & His Word. One day you'll step out into eternity with God's Son, or you'll step out into eternity with humanists who live by their own rules. You should compare the logic & credibility of the two choices, realizing there's no middle ground. Some im- agine a middle ground, accepting false "contemporary worship" adapted to the world, the flesh & the devil. Many start down this path in ways that seem harmless, like adopting contemporary music that sounds okay, but may come from carnal minds of people promoting ecumenism & immorality to gain fame & fortune (Rom.6:6...our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin). In earlier years there were few problems with new music, some of it becoming the traditional music of today, but in today's world of rampant self-serving sin, new music often serves vile purposes, as does new seemingly-helpful computer technology that enables widespread identity theft. One step in the direction of compromise with the carnal world can lead one into a new humanism exalting man's mind & will above that of God. The result is immorality of all kinds, political insanity, hatred of all who don't cooperate, and acceptance of views of scientists & scholars who would justify such behavior in trying to discredit the truth & authority of God's Word. World conditions today indicate God judges such behavior by not intervening in its consequences, or in increasingly-common natural disasters, but His direct judgment may be on the horizon. Vile sin today is likely as bad as that causing the world-wide Flood (Gen.6:1-7), so we seem to be living in the perilous last days of this world (2 Tim.3:1-9). We desperately need to return to the old paths, especially God's path to eternity that He has ordained in His inerrant Word (Jer.6:16; Pro.2:10-14).
God Leads His People as He Speaks by Inspiration: Ps.22 & Mt.27
Clear Inspiration: 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 constant effort to kill David. David couldn't possibly know Christ would speak the same words on the Cross ~1000 years later (Mt.27:46). God inspired David's words to show readers over the centuries that Ps.22 prophesies of Christ. This would be God's leading David to prepare him for the role of prophet, with God allowing unjust trials of David to reflect unjust trials of Christ on the Cross, but preventing Saul from harming David.
Subtle Inspiration: In Mt.27:42 priests, scribes & elders mock Christ on the cross, saying, If he be the king of Israel, let him come down from the cross. At that time only one creature knew He could have come down from the cross; this one hates God, who will send him to the lake of fire ultimately, 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 put us in the lake of fire; in pursuing this goal, he directs priests, scribes & elders under his power to goad Christ to come down from the cross and nullify our salvation.
In Ps.22:8 David speaks words of men mocking him, saying He
trusted on the Lord that he would
deliver him: let him deliver him. In Mt.27:43 priests, scribes & elders mock- ing Jesus on the Cross say He
trusted in God, let him deliver him, the same words David spoke of his mockers in Ps.22:8 (the Psalm that he would deliver him is poetic- style unessential wording; Greek prose gives a strict literal sense). In speaking David's words of Ps.22:8, they prove they are the mockers David prophesied of, and Jesus is the trusting one he prophesied of, the one pierced in Ps.22:16. This pierced one speaks words in Zec.12:10 identifying Him as the divine giver of inspiration, and the verse identifies Him as the firstborn & head of the family of all Israel, the Messiah. If the priests, scribes & elders had known their words would relate to Ps.22:16 & Zec. 12:10, and reveal Jesus as God and Messiah, they'd never have spoken them; they hated Him for exposing their hypocrisy & sin, reflecting control of them by satan who hates God.
This unique prophecy fulfillment has only one explanation. God alone could break satan's hold on priests, scribes & elders to make
them speak contrary to their will, veiling the meaning of their words that fulfill prophecy on Christ. In both Mt.27:42 & 43, they exercise irreverent speaking style to mock Christ, yet the meaning of 27:43 shatters that of 27:42. In the inspiration process, the Spirit allows satan's control of words of evil men in 27:42, then shatters satan's control as He dictates 27:43 words to the men, without altering their 27:42 speaking style. God leads us by inspiration that reveals His power to dictate His words to the minds of men, showing us the darkness of our peril in 27:42 and the light of our deliverance in 27:43, to emphasize the contrast.
God dictates men's words, yet preserves their human speaking style, so His dictation of scripture can be the sole type of inspiration, a plenary/verbal type giving God's spoken Word in written form (essay 8). Dictation inspiration applies also to Ps.22:1, My God, my God, Why hast thou forsaken me, being the only way David could speak inspired words ordained by the Father for Christ to speak on the Cross 1000 years later. Ps.22: 1,42,43 & all associated context would be dictated, as would be true of all prophecy & associated context, supporting the concept of dictation as the sole type of inspiration.
Dictation effects: God's spoken Word resurrected the dead and created the universe, so His spoken Word in written form has ultimate authority; it raises spiritually-dead people to eternal life, and creates in the redeemed a devotion to God imparting courage to follow Him in the face of hardship & persecution. Such response to God's Word is communion of our soul & spirit in worship that is our highest motivation, and comm- union by scripture-based classical hymns is worship in verbal response to God's love. His Word can instill in us a heart burning to honor Him. The Holy Spirit infallibly directs us to narrow true worship of God, and to His true Word. But today many seek to commune with God in following humanist man-altered forms of His Word, or carnality that only satisfies humanist instinct in presumed "non-judgmental spirituality." The Word of God written represents the all-holy Word of God Incarnate, and to mis- represent Him by claiming His grace, but exalting humanism, is spiritual treason.
A Modernist Society Led by Humanists Who Close Their Minds to God's Voice
How evolutionists lead: The evolutionist alternative to the Creator of life is a notion that unending
chains of human, plant & animal life came from a one-cell organism born from slime derived from non-genetic non-living dirt (God created man from dust, and evolutionists imitate this in a life-from-dirt magic). Evolutionists view us as distant cousins to bugs & trees, proposing a quadruple miracle: 1. Life derived natur- ally from non-living, non-genetic dirt (where did the dirt come from?). 2. Radically-different human, plant & animal life all came from the same initial source. 3. Simple species transitioned to complex ones, without
producing any of required millions of intermediates exhibiting
transition ("examples" always prove to be bogus). 4. Trans- ition
occurred by technically-impossible mechanisms (essay 20,
topic 2). To believe in evolution requires a faith in nature defying laws of genetics and all reason & logic.
Now, how can intelligence, joy, sorrow, love, hate & hope arise from non-living slime devoid of these common aspects of life? How can physical genes transmit mental/spiritual traits from ancestors to descendants by power other than that
of the Creator giving traits of life to our first ancestors (Gen.2:7). How can people, so filled with desire for order & purpose, arise in a world that supposedly began without order & purpose? Can we imagine even a non-living watch produced over millions of years by non-living atoms that accidentally form themselves into parts of precise properties, that in turn accidentally form themselves into a precise time-keeping device? The universe, from the world of microbes to distant galaxies, is far more complex & precise than a watch, and an infinite Creator alone can account for its existence.
Evolutionism falls into disrepute as scientists find soft tissue in fossilized dinosaur remains "many millions of years old." Soft tissue can't last many thousands of years, let alone many millions, so evolutionists panic about their theory on dinosaur ex- tinction many millions of years before mankind existed,* and thus their theory of billions of years of earth age. The latest case of evolutionist hatred of truth denying their theory is a find of soft tissue inside a "65-million-year-old" fossilized horn of a triceratops. The scientist finding the soft tissue was fired from his university position, and an official reportedly accused him of practicing religion in the school by his discovery. (see University fired scientist for finding soft tissue on dinosaur horn).
*Schweitzer, a scientist who found soft tissue in "68-million-year-old" Tyrannosaurus bones (essay 11-g), later offered a reason for its preservation, but pressure to counteract findings of such work is extreme. Her 2-year laboratory test of soft-tissue preservation by iron in hemo- globin likely removed pressure on her for her earlier findings, but that lab test has absolutely no relationship to millions or thousands of years exposure in real-world environments.
Humanists invent evolution to avoid God & justify animal-like behavior, adopting faith in nature as their miracle-working god, in common with primitive tribes having nature's sun, moon or animals as idol gods. The evolutionist offer to replace God's Word is a lot like the invitation to the fly to make himself at home in the spider's web.
How modern bible scholars lead: Critical Greek texts for modern versions reflect humanist scholarship favoring highly-variant Alexandrian
manuscripts lost to church- es for ~1400 years; scholars assemble a text, choosing readings they prefer in manu- scripts they prefer. Such a text never existed as a whole, and can't approximate the autograph originals, for text assembly, preferences & highly-variant lost texts deny preservation. Many scholars say autograph originals were inerrant, but claim manu- script variance shows God didn't preserve inerrant texts, allowing critics to identify a suitable text. But why would God 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? (the texts of the latter-type manuscripts are likely older - essay 4i). The tinkering results in absence of
passages like the 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, scripture content is uncertain and subject to scholar opinion. Today's unsettled critical Greek text (the current Nestle/Aland culminates 28 critical-text editions so far) and many differing versions suggest there's no standard book of God. Some modern versions greatly for- sake literality, to suggest the Bible is adaptable to modern tastes, like popular maga- zines. Christ said we'll be judged by His Word (Jn.12:48), necessitating inerrancy.
Inerrant texts continually preserved for all God's people can only be traditional ones. To advocate recovery of long-lost scripture by scholars is to say God could not pres- erve His Word for His people for ~1400 years, needing superior "genius" of modern scholars to do the work, which is humanist absurdity. Faith in God's preservation of His text is logical, but to prefer faith in scholarship of mere sinners is absurd. Indeed papyri show Greek Traditional-Text readings tracing back to the 2nd century, which in view of the overall text harmony today, speaks of authenticity (see 4i). The quality of Alexandrian texts, from troubled 4th-century uncial manuscripts to the 2nd-century papyri, worsens drastically, denying authenticity (see 4i).
Our True Guide: God's Inerrant Preserved Word, Not Theories of Men
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 all, they must all be
preserved in inerrant texts free of man's tinkering and in languages of many nations throughout the centuries, so inerrant traditional translat- ions are vital to living by the Word. Yet many ridicule those trusting in God alone in accepting only traditional texts culminating in English form in the KJV (Translations become traditional after God bestows them on people groups at times in history mark- ing their state of devotion, or at great events He ordains - see essay 4h). God preserved His
inerrant truth for us, the God of all power 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 yields only chaos).
Preservation of inerrant traditional texts requires God's ongoing
intervention in text history to enable accurate manuscript copying & translation, and defeat distortion by meddlers. Evidently He does so by guiding scholarship of select
texts (see YHVH
25,26,49 in essay 12
essays 4a,g,h,5a). Greek- text contrast indicates inerrancy persisted historically in select Traditional-Text
manu- scripts, likely those kept or corrected by true
churches (essays 4a,b,e). This history produced the Received-Text standard, all matured
editions preserving inerrancy (after printing-error correction) by
preserving all authentic passages & their true meaning and
a high degree of text literality. Inerrancy requires exact equivalence, not word- for-word agreement, and minor literality differences in 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 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 man's glory 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)
*Version quotes: 1. Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION copyright © 1973,1978,1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan Publishing house. 2. "Scripture taken from the NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE®, Copyright © 1960,1962,1963,1968, 1971,1972,1973,1975,1977,1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission." 3. Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1979,1980,1982 by Thomas Nelson Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved. 4. The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a divis- ion of Good News Publishers. All rights reserved. 5. Some scripture quotations contained herein are from the New Revised Standard Bible, Copyright © 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Coun- cil of Churches of Christ in the U.S.A. Used by permission. All rights reserved. 6. "Revised Standard vers- ion of the Bible, copyright © 1952 [2nd edition 1971] by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved."