This article is the kind of insidious drivel that Christians should vehemently denounce. It’s packed with a vile poison that compromises the faith of believers and serves to undermine the Church. Christians who believe this blasphemous prattle are at risk of becoming, at best, ineffectual Christians — which is precisely what Satan would like — or worse, from falling away from their faith entirely — which he would love even more.
The author spews forth this kind of sacrilegious filth:
The character “Yahweh” in the Hebrew Bible should not be confused with the god of western theological speculation (generally referred to as “God”). The attributes assigned to “God” by post-biblical theologians — such as omniscience and immutability — are simply not attributes possessed by the character Yahweh as drawn in biblical narratives. Indeed, on several occasions Yahweh is explicitly described as changing his mind, because when it comes to human beings his learning curve is steep.
Her conclusions are all based upon the erroneous answer to the following question:
Do we interpret the world through the Bible, or do we interpret the Bible through man’s fallen reason?
In other words, she approaches “studying” the Bible with the following (unstated) assumption: it is not the word of God. Using that assumption, she then proceeds to demonstrate why it isn’t. Under the guise of the myth of neutrality she proclaims a doctrine of death. Christians should approach it from the opposite presupposition: the Bible is the word of God. This is what God commands of us.
EVEN STOPPED CLOCKS ARE RIGHT TWICE A DAY
Nevertheless, while stumbling around in the darkness and groping for the next handful of vile feculence with which she can smear the holy face of God, she does manage to slide in a bit of honest truth between the crusty buns of her filth sandwich in order to lend her specious argument that remotest character of plausibility:
The unfounded expectation that biblical characters are perfectly pious models for our own conduct causes many readers to work to vindicate biblical characters, just because they are biblical characters.
Christians are well aware of the fact that the “biblical characters” she speaks of were fallen sinners, incapable of glory and perfection in their own right. But God uses such villainous cretins as these to carry out his plans in history. He bestows them the gift of his grace and turns their hearts towards him in faith. We only have to look at the first chapter of Matthew to look at the imperfect, flawed line of patriarchs which gave birth to our sinless savior, Jesus Christ.
Not by their works but by his grace, God used them just as he uses us and saves us. As the lyrics to the famous hymn go:
Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound,
That saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost but now am found,
Was blind, but now I see.
REBELLIOUS MEN HATE GOD AND DO NOT WANT TO SUBMIT
As rebellious sinners, we want to exert our autonomy over the world instead of submitting to God and bowing our knee to Jesus Christ. Therefore, we claim that we can properly “interpret” the Bible to “arrive at a more profound appreciation of its multi-faceted and multi-vocal messiness” as this author claims.
Man’s mind, just like everything else, is fallen, corrupted and incapable of seeing God the Creator clearly and God the Redeemer at all without the focus provided by putting on the spectacles of Scripture. Man can’t even understand Creation around him properly without using Scripture to be our interpreter.
This author’s errors erupt from the execrable fountain of the hoax of higher criticism, a devilish tactic that slips the snake past the guard and into the garden by donning him in garments of academic splendor and coming in the name of intellectual and rationalistic open-mindedness. Click here to download a free book stuffed full of research and footnotes that pulls the curtain back on that nonsense.
LET SCRIPTURE ITSELF REFUTE THESE ERRORS
Our Lord and Savior himself quoted both Genesis 1 and Genesis 2 (Matthew 19:4-5, Mark 10:6-7). He affirms the truth of the Old Testament as given through Moses (John 5:45-47) and the lineage of the prophets from Abel, Adam’s son, to Zechariah (Luke 11:49-51).
Furthermore, Paul discusses the origin of sin coming into the world through Adam (Romans 5:12-14).
Put your faith in the Lord and know that the Bible is a timeless and eternal work that stands outside the normal processes of literary production in that the words that the authors put to paper came forth from the voice of the Holy Spirit working in their heart — and ignore this author’s claims to the contrary. This woman denies the truth that God so clearly states for us:
“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17 ESV)
The New Testament canon hadn’t even been compiled at the time Paul wrote those words, so he certainly had the Old Testament in mind when he used the word “Scripture”. Not only that, he quoted from it liberally himself in his ministry.
Despite the author’s absurd blasphemies otherwise, the Old Testament (and the New Testament with it) were produced by a single author: the Holy Spirit. The 66 books of the entire Bible are an entirely coherent story about Jesus Christ told through the story of the creation, fall, and redemption of mankind by God’s infinite grace and mercy.
Just look at the beauty and glory of our Father that you miss out on if you deny the relevance of the Old Testament:
The Holy Trinity was present at the creation. God the Father, through his spoken Word (by whom all things are held together – Colossians 1:17), created the cosmos. John testifies to this as well:
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. (John 1:1-3 ESV)
The Holy Spirit was also present at the creation, hovering over the waters (Genesis 1:2). The Old Testament “god” is not a different god; He is our very same, unchanging God who sent his son to die on the cross that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16).
OUR WORKS ARE FILTHY RAGS
Furthermore, Christ is revealed even more clearly in Genesis 3. Man sinned by rebelling against God. They hid from God and tried to cover their shame by crafting man-made coverings (the fig leaves).
But their sin-crafted coverings were but filthy rags in God’s eyes (Isaiah 64:6). God cursed them and all of creation for their sinful rebellion. At that time they became spiritually dead in their sin, but they didn’t physically die immediately because God could look ahead to Christ’s redemptive work at the cross.
However, he also reconciled them to him before he expelled them from the Garden, but how?
THE FIRST SACRIFICE
By giving them garments made from animal skins (Genesis 3:21); the animals that God had to kill in order to cover man’s shame became a substitutionary sacrifice. God sacrificed animals in Adam and Eve’s (mankind’s) place so that they may live.
This was but a shadow of what was to come: Jesus became the sacrificial lamb who died on the cross for the atonement of mankind and creation in order that we might be redeemed. He is our righteous covering so that we may be reconciled to God:
But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires. (Romans 13:14 ESV)
For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. (Galatians 3:27 ESV)
Don’t be taken captive by the foolish wisdom of this world (1 Cor 1:20) and the idle speculations of those who walk in the futility of their minds and darkened understanding (Ephesians 4:17-18).
We have been given the mind of Christ (1 Cor 2:16); unlike the natural person who does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, believers know truth through the Spirit that dwells within them because they can discern it in Scripture.
Do not be afraid, and let not these kinds of foolish articles which preach folly in the name of understanding deter you, distract you, or shake your faith. Trust in Christ, not the foolish proclamations of fallen men. Test their assertions against the Bible; see how they hold up.
Advice: if you ever find yourself in the classroom of someone who comes bearing the “gifts” that a professor such as this claims to do, hit the door as fast as you can and never look back. Your soul depends on it.