SCRIPTURAL INERRANCY PART THREE

Why The Christian Must Accept Scripture As Inerrant (continued)

There was a rather lengthy period of time over the last couple of centuries that religious scholars of a secular mindset, whose work was set off by the German School of Higher Criticism, attempted to cast doubt upon the prophecies of Isaiah and Daniel. First they insisted, on the basis of style, that multiple authors had contributed to each of these books. From there they proceeded to insist that the books were written much later than the previously-accepted dates. Their motive, of course, was to place the prophetic writings to dates after Jesus’ incarnation, thus removing the supernatural element entirely from the prophecies. Unfortunately, much of the theological community, including a number of well-recognized seminaries, swallowed these lies to their everlasting shame, which propagated from there out to a gullible public through weak pastors, causing great damage to the common faith. This train of thought was abruptly terminated by its exposure to the light of day with the finding of the Dead Sea Scrolls, which were dated to before Jesus came in the flesh. Among the documents recovered there is the complete text of Isaiah and prophetically important passages of Daniel.

Had the Dead Sea Scrolls not been found, the Christian of faith still would have possessed in Scripture much prophecy of indisputably supernatural prophetic value. Before Isaiah and Daniel, David graphically described Jesus’ suffering on the cross in Psalm 22 a thousand years before the great event and several hundred years before crucifixion was known to Israel as a punishment.. Micah foretold the place of Jesus’ birth. A host of other prophecies describe many other details of Jesus’ life and mission. In Chapter 28 of Deuteronomy, Moses foretold the Diaspora of the Jews and gave the reason for it. Both Moses, in Chapter 30, and Ezekiel, in Chapters 36 and 37, foretold in great detail the return of Israel to their land. Ezekiel’s account contains elements that link it strongly to the aftermath of Hitler’s holocaust. In the Book of Revelation, the apostle John foretold a currency system that is impossible to implement without modern electronics and computer science. In addition to the overt words of the prophets, Scripture has defined with astonishing accuracy the purpose of God in its record of the lives of Biblical characters.

In addition to prophecy, there are other elements concealed in Scripture, creation and our own history that, when revealed, show in startling clarity that the hand of God upon the affairs of man runs far deeper than we normally attribute to our relationship with God. They also show the treasures of God that await the person of patience, diligence and, above all, faith.

The secular world, having placed its faith in man rather than God, is blind to these treasures. Two intellectual constructs of man have so permeated the thought processes of the average person that he has accepted them without reservation, to the extent that, faced with a discussion of the Bible, he immediately either overtly or privately invokes one or the other of these constructs as prima facie proof of the Bible’s inconsistency with reality. The first of these constructs is Charles Darwin’s Origin of Species or one of the numerous modern attempted makeovers of naturalistic evolution, all of which are patently unable to compete with advances in the biological sciences that are in the process of transforming them from “soft” sciences to intellectual endeavors enjoying the stature of physics and chemistry. The other is the uniformitarian notion that the earth has not been involved in any catastrophe of planetary scope since the arrival of man on the scene. Regarding this latter viewpoint, one well-known author labeled as a “tender spot” the passage in Joshua that spoke of the sun having stood still, implying that Christians would prefer to keep this particular passage in the closet, another arrogant presumption that is anything but true. Indeed, many Christians with a scientific bent are keenly interested in that passage in Joshua regarding the sun standing still, and a similar account in the Book of Amos, viewing in them evidence of catastrophes, perhaps even involving polar shifts during those times. It is worth noting that at the time of Joshua’s long day, the indigenous people of the Americas on the other side of the world were suffering through a prolonged night. Following right along with the presumptive denial of the truth of the long day of Joshua is a lack of comprehension of several passages in the early chapters of Genesis. This poverty of understanding is a direct result, not of a lack of sophistication on the part of the author of Genesis, but of a refusal to read Scripture with anything but the most shallow, minimal effort. Or perhaps the superficiality is simply the result of self-absorbed cowardice, such individuals being unable to contemplate actual events of such enormous magnitude lest that same terror be capable of visiting them.

Interestingly, both of these basically worthless intellectual constructs have been so devastated by modern scientific advancements that they have been rejected by many scientists most closely associated with them. One example of how our recently-acquired knowledge has overturned the common understanding of the world is our detailed observation of the planet mars with its surprising revelation of past water and its evidence of having suffered a monstrous impact with another heavenly body.

Because of their ubiquitous acceptance by the public, evolution and uniformitarianism deserve to be addressed in considerably more detail, and will be the topics of additional postings sometime in the future.

The apostle Paul, in 1 Timothy 6:20 and 21, said it well when describing such constructs of man:

“O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called, which some, professing, have erred concerning the faith. Grace be with thee. Amen.”

There is a passage in Scripture, Proverbs 25:2, which indicates that the riches of Scripture are beyond the ability of the superficial Christian to acquire:

“It is the glory of God to conceal a matter, but the glory of kings is to search out a matter.”

Among those who have acknowledged this passage are Grant Jeffrey and other successful hunters of treasure within the pages of Scripture. Some of Jeffrey’s demonstrations of his findings have already been noted. He is surrounded by a number of other modern Christian thinkers of intellectual depth, notably Chuck Missler, Irvin Baxter and John Hagee. They have been preceded by a number of illustrious Bible scholars in the past, among the most successful and famous of whom was Sir Isaac Newton. Perhaps having been spurred on by this passage in Proverbs, Newton applied his mind to the development of the modern science of physics, fully appreciating that his investigations of the world about him were not of a secular nature, but instead dealt with the creative mind of God. He habitually offered his humble thanksgiving to God for revealing to him His creation whenever he uncovered a new principle. He was spectacularly successful at it, for the science of physics essentially led to our modern understanding of the world. Moreover, this understanding also led to the framework of inventions that gave us the cornucopia of modern conveniences, toys and useful devices that we lump under the umbrella of technology.

Physics is a hard science, meaning that it demands precision of thought, offers creativity in its application, and produces consistent and repeatable statements about our world. It is inextricably linked to calculus, a branch of higher mathematics which Newton himself invented to assist him in deriving useful expressions of his discoveries. While calculus, like addition and subtraction, is often treated as a purely secular mathematical tool, its conception and application display such innate beauty, majestic elegance and universal utility that one can easily attribute its invention to divine inspiration. Newton himself certainly thought of it that way.

The enormous contribution of Newton’s physics toward the development of our modern society has given the rest of science a credibility that, with some notable exceptions, is largely undeserved. Chief among the parasitic and undeserving branches of science are geology and biology, which are just now beginning to emerge from their own dark ages by means of the technology and methodology that have roots in Newton and other devout Christians. How ironic that modern science, which so vocally claims to be secular in nature, was given its biggest impetus forward by committed Christians!

Beyond his investigation of God’s creation in the physical world, Isaac Newton, convinced that the Bible transcended the ability of man for its creation, searched for hidden elements of Scripture beyond the plain text. Michael Drosnin, in writing of Bible Codes, notes that Newton suspected the existence of hidden information embedded in the text of the Hebrew Scriptures. Newton, who, as we have noted, was an avid scholar of Scripture when not engaged in inventing the calculus or developing the basics of physics, devoted many hours in a search for such a code.

In that regard, Newton may have known of the work of rabbi Rabbeynu Bachayah in the fourteenth century, who discovered an encoding pattern in the Torah (our Pentateuch), as noted by Bible Scholar Grant Jeffrey in his The Signature of God. However, the first real progress in uncovering the code was initiated by rabbi Dov Weissmandl in the early years of the twentieth century, who discovered that he could form meaningful words by assembling sequences of characters separated by fixed intervals of skipped characters. Describing this process as the creation of ‘equidistant letter sequences’ (ELS), Weissmandl, was forced by the lack of technology in his day to perform the work meticulously by hand. Given the difficulty of the task, Weissmandl was unable to say with certainty that his results were more than coincidental. That issue was resolved nearly a half century later by Israeli mathematician Eliyahu Rips, who, along with Doron Witztum and Yoav Rosenberg, applied the emerging computer technology to the process. The results were so spectacular as to convince the researchers that they had come face-to-face with the supernatural. As the price of computers dropped while they increased in speed and capability, a host of interested parties joined the ELS search. Among the claims made for the results are those published in Bible Code I and Bible Code II by Michael Drosnin, which indicate that the encoded data includes a number of fulfilled prophecies, many of which relate to our own time.

One of the earlier results may well be the most spectacular. As noted by scholars Grant Jeffrey and Chuck Missler, an examination of the Torah revealed that a 50-character ELS interval yielded the word ‘Torah’ in the books of Genesis, Exodus, and Numbers, and that a 49-character interval yielded the same word in Deuteronomy. In Leviticus, the only book of the Torah that failed to produce that word, an 8-character sequence formed the word ‘God’. Curiously, while in the books of Genesis and Exodus the word ‘Torah’ is spelled in the forward direction, it is spelled backwards in Numbers and Deuteronomy. Upon their noting the sequence of these five books with Leviticus in the center, they were surprised to observe that ‘Torah’ in each book pointed toward ‘God’.

[to be continued]

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One response to this post.

  1. Posted by estherdwumaa on March 15, 2014 at 8:17 pm

    Thank you for your article, but can I ask if you think there is a difference between scriptural inerrancy and biblical inerrancy or do they both have to be discerned correctly with the Holy Spirit?

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