Monday, March 24, 2014

He Could Care Less?

Is the Bible Literally True?
No, of Course Not!
Most people could care less whether it is or it isn't. If you're reading this, however, you probably care at least enough to read this.

To me, the Bible is important. It is for me the sacred story of the origins of my faith. In light of this, I could no more feel as if it were unimportant than a follower of Hinduism would feel the Bhagavad Gita is unimportant.

I do not believe, however, that the Bible is a Divinely-dictated book or a sacred text without error.

That was the beginning to an article by [Dr. Steve McSwain] on [The Huffington Post] that was published on [March 14, 2014], and I highly recommend reading the rest of the article—regardless of whether or not you currently could NOT care less about what Dr. McSwain has to say.  For you should care a lot about what others have to say about our Heavenly Father and the trueness of His Holy Scriptures.

Alas, do you not find it quite telling that such a learned person as Dr. McSwain could open with such a stupid line?  For it is could not care less—not could care less.

No, I do not mean to be insulting—certainly not in regards to messing up a line.  For I do it quite often, and it upsets me greatly when my mistakes are not realized until after they have been published.

Nonetheless, the use of stupid is most appropriate when someone knows not what they are saying, much in the same way as when someone is in a drunken stupor.  Such is the case with this article by Dr. McSwain—be assured.

Yes, historical accounts of significant events by mere human eyewitnesses are important as educational resources, but do we not have a tendency to see what we want to see (and read what we want to read)?  Subsequently, it is entirely possible for two different people to see vastly different things when watching an event unfold before their eyes, and even in cases when two different people see the same thing and write exactly the same things about it, two different people can read those accounts and come to (sometimes drastically) different conclusions.

Therefore, how can anything contained in our Heavenly Father's Holy Bible be of any great significance if it is merely a collection of ancient stories by people not so unlike ourselves?  More importantly, how can we truly understand what His Holy Scriptures are meant to convey without the witness of His Holy Spirit to explain what is truly what?  This is what Dr. McSwain is missing.  May it not be his fault.

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Brenda said...

As I was reading your post Jerry, I was thinking to myself 'It has to be the Holy Spirit that enlightens the Word of God to a person,and when I reached the end of your post that is exactly what you said.
Amen to that word Jerry, without the indwelling of the Holy Spirit we will only perceive the scriptures with the carnal mind, which has no knowledge of the truth.

Jerry E Beuterbaugh said...

Thanks for stopping by, my dear Brenda. Alas, I really don't want to get into it again with you, but what you just commented serves as a good example of one reading what they want to read, which may not necessarily be what was meant to be conveyed. For you remain firmly entrenched in traditional terminology, which gets in the way of where our Heavenly Father wants His children by faith to go. In this particular case, referring to His Holy Scriptures as being the Word of God alludes to there being a separation between us and their Author, with far too many taking this way too far by insisting that the gap can only be bridged by His Holy Scriptures--even with His Holy Spirit illuminating them. Whereas, the true Word of God is the Author, the Lord Jesus Christ, who has been actually with each and every one of us long before we were able to read or hear anything from a book (albeit in the form of His Holy Spirit) and His Holy Scriptures are meant to serve as further help by providing written confirmation of what He Himself wants to personally reveal to all who will but want to humbly accept what He actually says is absolutely true. Be assured that this is what I was actually alluding to in regards to part of the what is truly what that our Heavenly Father's Holy Spirit wants to explain.