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Thy WORD is TRUTH

February 9, 2009

Folks, I had to deal with some unplanned school activities for several hours yesterday.  Hence, my tardiness and brevity.   But consider today the relationship between the Word of God and the Truth.  Jesus said along the way in His high priestly prayer, “Thy word is truth.”  When He did that, he stated an equivalence between them.  I believe that ranking doctrine is related to ranking Scripture. If we can or have to determine which scriptures are more important, i.e. really truth, then we feel that we can or have to determine which doctrines are also more important.  Is seems that one’s belief about preservation affects his view of doctrine.  Which only makes sense (or maybe it’s circular).  He doesn’t think preservation is a primary doctrine.  Maybe that is a root problem!

Maybe some of you can develop these thoughts in the comments…

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  1. artdunham
    February 10, 2009 at 6:17 am

    Brother Jeff,

    When you said,
    “I believe that ranking doctrine is related to ranking Scripture.”

    You hit the proverbial nail you know where.

    That is exactly the difference between those of us who will not so easily push aside “differences” that we believe are important. It is precisely because we believe that those Scriptures are important.

    Good insight.

  2. February 10, 2009 at 9:57 am

    It is true, Jeff, that historically God’s people believed that they got their doctrines from the Words, not the concepts. Not believing in preservation does two things: 1) It takes away authority from Scripture, that is, it makes it easier to be subjective. 2) Consequently, it takes away from certainty. We get the ranking of doctrines, which relates directly to lack of certainty. It is common sense to them that we can’t be sure. The emergent movement comes out of this, related as well to postmodernism. Postmodernism comes from uncertainty, rather than vice-versa.

    At the end of the debate between Ehrman and White, White said Ehrman was the way he was because of postmodernism. No, Ehrman was that way he was because he looked to tangible manuscripts for his faith, instead of looking to the text first, which promised preservation. He should have assumed it. That lead to his uncertainty, an unwillingness to believe.

  3. February 10, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    For a brief evidentiary example of how God actually preserved his very words, see —

    http://www.lamblion.net/Articles/ScottJones/veracity_of_the_old_testament.htm

  4. February 10, 2009 at 10:55 pm

    Looks pretty good Lamblion.

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