Originally posted by Lord Shark
Originally posted by josephw
[b]The original autographs are dust. According to the Bible, it was written by men inspired by the Holy Spirit to write exactly what God wanted written. We have copies of copies. Now, it would seem logical that in the course of time, without the guidance of God, that what was originally written would be full of error ed the question.
[b]Imagination? Is there anything beyond imagination?
My point though is that god would have had to be mindful of our limitations in making that choice of what was to be written.
When I read about God in the Bible I have no problem at all seeing that He is mindful of human limitations of all kinds, in all matters.
Even if the guidance of god prevented original transcription errors and subsequent copy and translation errors, there is still one constraint that god must have chosen not to override, namely our flawed nature.
God is totally aware of what He limited Himself to in using men to pen down the inspired revelation of God.
The essential matters of truth are repeated many times over and over again so as to neutralize human error.
Don't you see the repetition in the Scriptures about major themes?
So when we interpret what is written we, that's right, not even you, can be sure we have it right.
You have probably made major decisions in life with far, far less certainty about interpreting things.
Why would God allow that to happen?
The Bible is not existing in a vacuum. Behind it is the living God who hears the seeking and honest prayers for guidance and help. You are by no mean on your own.
I come to the book and come to God in pray simultaneously very often. The Holy Spirit will illuminate what in the Scruptures He wants to impress you with.
Once you get a little light, hold on to it and walk in it. If you respond to the wisdom God grants you He will grant you more wisdom. If you walk in the light that God makes clear to you He will then grant you more light.
"To him who has will more be given. To him who has not, even what he has will be taken away."
It is vain to consider God as incompentent - not wise enough to communicate with His creatures.
We can ask that about a lot of things.
There is no harm in asking about a lot of things.
And there are some unkowns.
If you read the Bible with prayer for God to show you some truth, He will. When you get a little truth, don't ignore it. Respond to the truth that He shows you. When God sees that the little truth He gave you you handled obediently, then He will grant you more truth.
He is economical. And I think He doesn't waste His light on someone He knows is not open hearted. So come to the Bible hungry for God.
"The hungry He has filled with good things, and the rich He has sent away empty." (Luke 1:53)
Come to the Word of God hungry for His truth, hungry for God Himself. Come humble and not proud. The poor in spirit shall see God. The way up is down. The way to be lifted is to humble yourself before God.
Do not come to the Bible proud thinking that you should be God's advizor as to how He sent His prophets and apostles. Listen to the prayer of Jesus here:
"At that time Jesus answered and said, I extol You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because You have hidden these things from the wise and intelligent and have revealed them to infants.
Yes, Father, for thus it has been well pleasing in Your sight."( Matt. 11:25,26)
God the Father hide some things from the proud and revealed them to the humble. So be humble and come to the Bible with prayer and petition for God to reveal His truth to you.