Inspiration By God gave us the Scripture!

Inspiration by God! All scripture is from inspiration by God. That’s what Paul wrote to Timothy:

2. Tim. 3: 14 to 4: 2:

[14] But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned [them]; [15] And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. [16] All scripture [is] given by inspiration of God, and [is] profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: [17] That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.

Chapter 4: [1] I charge [thee] therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; [2] Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.

Inspiration by God

All scripture comes from Inspiration by God! And it is good or profitable for teaching, reproof or reprimands, for correction and instruction in righteousness.

Inspiration By God 

But note that Paul does not list scientific instruction here. This is often a hang up to the faith of modern people. However, it says in Prov. 25: 2, ‘[It is] the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings [is] to search out a matter.

In other words, not even the Bible itself claims the Creation Account in Genesis to be true! It is just something that Moses and these uneducated runaway slaves could understand.

St. Thomas Aquinas lived in the thirteenth century. He wrote a major work of teaching called Summa Theologica. In this book he discussed the creation story. He wrote, ‘The word earth is taken differently in this passage (Gen. 1: 1 & 2) by Augustine, and by other writers. Augustine holds that by the words “earth” and “water,” in this passage primary matter itself is signified on account of its being impossible for Moses to make the idea of such matter intelligible to an ignorant people, except under the similitude of well-known objects.’

What about evolution? St. Thomas Aquinas wrote, ‘Since the generation of one thing is the corruption of another, it was not incompatible with the first formation of things, that from the corruption of the less perfect the more perfect should be generated. Hence animals generated from the corruption of inanimate things, or of plants, may have been generated then.’

So, neither all the Bible Writers, nor the Catholic Church believed in the Creation Account. They used this account to address ignorant people. Are you, Dear Reader, well educated? Could you give three pieces of evidence for the Big Bang Theory without looking them up?

So the scripture is not God’s word!

Since some people wrote the Bible under the Inspiration by God! After all God addresses people. Obviously he addresses people in a way that they can understand him. Isa. 55: 8 & 9, ‘For my thoughts [are] not your thoughts, neither [are] your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For [as] the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

So we cannot understand God! But God speaks to us in a way which we can understand. He is simplifying things for us. And he has simplified things in the past. Still some people might have misunderstood him. Maybe there is an example when God addressed Noah, after he came out of the ark. Gen. 9: 5, ‘And surely your blood of your lives will I require; at the hand of every beast will I require it, and at the hand of man; at the hand of every man’s brother will I require the life of man.’ Isn’t this hard to believe?

The early parts of Genesis are not about moral laws, but about natural laws. The above words are the answer to the question, ‘Why is the world so cruel?’ Answer, as always, God must have given the command for it to be like that. If he wanted it any different, he could easily change it. After all, he is the Almighty! It is a sign of the immanent goodness of people that they have wondered about this question! Why don’t we just all love our neighbours?

There is a Hindu scripture called the Shruti. Shruti means the heard. This attitude allows for the possibility that the listener actually might have misunderstood.

So the Inspiration by God

was applied to the people of the time. But today we know better in many instances. Therefore we can understand those instances in the Tanakh only, if we understand the people of the time. Following is a list of instances from the Tanakh which find much opposition today. I have explained these:

The Original Sin: Greetings from Paradise

The Crucifixion

Why Circumcision?

Child Sacrifice (This includes the near sacrifice of Isaac)

Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak: Emancipation in the Church

So does this make Christianity complicated? No, not at all. Here is what Jesus said, when A lawyer asked him, ‘Which [is] the great commandment in the law?’ Jesus said unto him, ‘Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.’

So to be a good Christian, that is what you have to do. Nothing more! But if you want to know a response to the objections against our faith, follow the above links.

Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding!