Scriptural, unscriptural

You have called it an “unscriptural doctrine” and yet, you cannot show us even ONE verse where God indicates that he would leave us without a text as a standard for our time or even all time, not even ONE verse that says God would leave the preservation of his Word to the wisdom of men.


I’d like to emphasize this point here.

At dictionary.reference.com, scripture: “( sometimes initial capital letter ) of, pertaining to, or in accordance with sacred writings, especially the Scriptures.

You’re talking about the sense in which something is “in accordance with” Biblical scripture.

Again, there is NOT ONE verse or passage of scripture I have EVER seen that says God will have nothing to do with preserving his word as one standard against which all truth shall be measured.

I have seen plenty of scripture that says his word shall be preserved to all generations, God is not the author of confusion, let “one” interpret, that the truth is “line upon line”, that man shall live by “every” word, that “not one jot or tittle shall pass away” till all be fulfilled, that his word is perfect, to desire the “pure” milk of the word of God.

Jesus told us there would be false prophets and teachers that prophecy in his name and that shall deceive many, many who say Lord, Lord, but he never knew them. He revealed to us through John’s writings that the devil will go about to deceive and destroy with more havoc than ever because he knows “he hath but a short time”. God is not a God of the dead but of the living.

He said “By their fruits ye shall know them”.

This set of scriptures taken together have real-world implications.

It is very curious that “original languages only” defenders assert that any copy or translation that follows the “closing of the Canon” cannot be inspired. They scoff at any idea that God could inspire a translation, and use the humble attitudes expressed by the KJB translators as evidence against the idea or as arguing against the idea that God would providentially have one standard for the last days.

But the “canon” (what Jews call the Tanukh) was closed with Malachi at the time of the birth of Christ, and to my knowledge they will not dispute that. They agree that the New Testament book collection was “new scripture” at the time. So they do defend the principle that God himself ultimately decides on what is or what is not “new inspiration” but cannot fathom the idea that it would apply to a “translation”, even while defending the many passages of scripture that are themselves translations.

But they say the inspiration is in the text of the translation as rendered by the “original autograph” rather than whatever it was in the original language.

With that much I agree. But then who can dispute the fact that God directly inspired a translation, and that when God’s hand touches a translation, then it is a “perfect” rendition of the original meaning embodied in that translation?

You might call them “dead inspiration” defenders, since they claim that God only inspired one original penman and let the inspiration die with the last word in the physical text on its medium of the day (lambskin, papyrus, whatnot).

So God’s inspired word happened with the first document, and the rest he left to man’s devices? This is also something that is directly and clearly contradicted by the Word itself.

In the epistle to Timothy, Paul said of the scriptures Timothy had in hand:

All scripture [is] given by inspiration of God, and [is] profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:–2Timothy 3:16

“All” scripture.

If Timothy was reading scripture given by inspiration of God, and “all” of it was inspired, and God was able to use copyists to copy it, and many of those copyists were not too inspired, then why not a translation? After all, God set the precedent and the doctrine of inspired translations by example in the very “original texts”.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s


%d bloggers like this: