I love the idea that we have a divine author for the scripture and of course rightly so. I’m only saying this to counter folks like Kaiser who, only believing the human author and the historical text, and when I read that I have an immediate reaction thinking is he even a Christian to begin with? And if anyone wants to do critical thinking, I would imagine a better subject would not be a divine book, maybe critical race theory now I suppose. There are s may critical theological scholars who love to dabble with the holy Word of God, not knowing that they are dabbling with every power of God himself. To call Bible as written by a human author, and to eliminate anything that’s of sign and wonders for their sake of human reasoning and rationale is beyond anything that’s even remotely rational on the first place. Because God cannot be rationalized, He is above reason. Even the foolishness of God (so to speak) is wiser than the wisdom of men. 1 Cor 9. So why dabble with the holy word of God? I am amazed I haven’t not heard of any dabbing with Koran or the Buddhist book thus far, why? I wonder if the devil knows who is he going after?
To make the matter worse, these scholarship has produced man made theology twisted to fit their agenda, case in point homosexuality usually be taking the case of slave, women. Calling slaves of the bible as wrong, therefore the whole bible is not from God is so wrong, for instance, because the slavery of the bible is not closed, and its debt paying, while the American slavery of the past is closed (meaning you are in it for life and your children etc.), and also its not debt paying, it’s just bought. Therefore the argument via the slavery just doesn’t stand at all. The case for women, its actually the bible teaching that lifted women in the Roman empire days, and its Jesus who included Mary Magdalene, it’s Jesus who stopped on his way with many men following him, for the bleeding woman who was unclean. It was Jesus who wept after seeing Mary and Martha wept for their brother who was dead. It was Jesus who rebuked Simon the Pharisee who tried to stop the woman pouring her perfume on Jesus’ feet. It was Jesus who chose to appear to women first at his resurrection even before the apostle big names like Peter James and John. So scholarship has no ground to criticize that the Bible is old fashion and out of date for the women.
To even select a divine book or at least a religious book full of God’s love, glory, passion and interaction with his people called Bible and to call it as a human author book is either a total waste of time or as a spiritual assault of the divinity of God and his hands on his book. It is inconceivable how Bible has been made to be so broad , in fact as broad as you want, in the way you interpret it to suit one’s agenda. The critical and progressive churches today love to remove the supernatural of Christ, and to remove any scriptures on his resurrection, and to impose their LBGTQ ideology upon scriptures, by bending a twisting the scriptures to fit their quest. Now it’s shocking and deeply disappointing the Church of England Anglican Archbishop of Canterbury has endorse same sex marriage with all his theological training. It tells you something, the liberal theologians have no lack of knowledge, and knowledge itself if not taught properly falls in bad hands. People need to be aware of the warning Jesus gave:
Rev 22: 18 I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this scroll: If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to that person the plagues described in this scroll. 19 And if anyone takes words away from this scroll of prophecy, God will take away from that person any share in the tree of life and in the Holy City, which are described in this scroll.
I love what Dr Belcher said about his exposition on David when he wrote Psalm 23:4, because there is the divine author, he understood that the Messiah will go through the valley of the shadow of death and therefore we today have the assurance of Christ as we are going through tough times and difficulties that Christ has gone thru that before us. We have therefore the assurance he will be with us and pull us through. And that is beautiful. Like professor said if we don’t have a divine author, we won’t see the connection of that Psalm 23 text for God’s people today. If we take away the divine authorship from the Bible, what is there left for us to find God and seek God from his holy scriptures,? We might as well read out some human author best seller book on how to be a good guy or how to find happiness in life!
Psalm 1 Blessed is the one
who does not walk in step with the wicked
2 but whose delight is in the law of the Lord,
and who meditates on his law day and night.
3 That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,
which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither—
whatever they do prospers.
Psalm 1 says blessed be the man who meditates upon the Word of the Lord day and night, he shall be like a tree planted by streams of water, and bear fruits in due season. You know why is it so blessed by reading the bible and meditating it? Because the bible is life. It’s the logos, the Lord Jesus himself, and you draw life, strength, hope, joy from it. Because the author is God himself. And such divine book is no just intellectual book, but its intellectual but LIFE in it too.
Jesus struck the man of lawlessness on his coming back by the word of his mouth. It’s the word that Jesus and the Father created the world. Word is so powerful, and we must submit and honor and love passionately the word of the Lord daily.