Paul's Passing Thoughts

TANC and PPT Statement on the Authority of the Bible

Posted in Uncategorized by Paul M. Dohse Sr. on September 15, 2012

1. The Bible is God’s direct revelation to mankind in written form. It is His full statement on all wisdom that mankind needs to be informed for life and godliness. That is, all life issues, and how to live life according to the character of God. The Bible informs us on how to think like God in regard to life, and to respond to life in ways that are pleasing to Him.

2 Peter 1:3

His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.

John 17:17

Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.

2. God used man to write the Bible as they were born along by the Holy Spirit. Despite the use of man’s many faceted personalities, and individual uniqueness and ideas, the Holy Spirit superintended the final outcome of ideas to insure men who love God propagated the truth through their writings.

2 Peter 1:20,21

Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation of things. For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.

3. The Bible contains its own hermeneutic and epistemology. In other words, the Bible informs man on how to interpret itself. All suggestions on methods of interpretation that come from outside of the Bible are suspect. For instance, the author of the book of Matthew states that the audience who heard Jesus preach the Sermon on the Mount were “taught” by Him (Matthew 5:2). This assumes that they had all the necessary tools within themselves at that time to receive the information and use it for the stated purpose: to have a life that is like a house built on a rock (Matthew 7:24). Therefore, any in-depth analysis of the Sermon on Mount that yields propositions that seem to contradict the plain sense of it should be immediately suspect.   

Other examples follow (emphasis by underline added):

1 Corinthians 10:6

Now these things occurred as examples to keep us from setting our hearts on evil things as they did.

1 Corinthians 10:11

These things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us, on whom the culmination of the ages has come.

Nehemiah 13:26

Was it not because of marriages like these that Solomon king of Israel sinned? Among the many nations there was no king like him. He was loved by his God, and God made him king over all Israel, but even he was led into sin by foreign women.

Matthew 13:36

[The Parable of the Weeds Explained ] Then he left the crowd and went into the house. His disciples came to him and said, “Explain to us the parable of the weeds in the field.”

Matthew 15:15

Peter said, “Explain the parable to us.”

Galatians 4:24

Now this may be interpreted allegorically: these women are two covenants. One is from Mount Sinai, bearing children for slavery; she is Hagar.

Revelation 1:20

The mystery of the seven stars that you saw in my right hand and of the seven golden lampstands is this: The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands are the seven churches.

Revelation 17:7

Then the angel said to me: “Why are you astonished? I will explain to you the mystery of the woman and of the beast she rides, which has the seven heads and ten horns.

Daniel 2:28

but there is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries. He has shown King Nebuchadnezzar what will happen in days to come. Your dream and the visions that passed through your mind as you were lying in bed are these:

Daniel 2:45

This is the meaning of the vision of the rock cut out of a mountain, but not by human hands—a rock that broke the iron, the bronze, the clay, the silver and the gold to pieces. “The great God has shown the king what will take place in the future. The dream is true and its interpretation is trustworthy.”

The Bible interprets itself through a variety of means.

4. God colabored with man to write the Scriptures, and He also colabores with man to preserve the intended meaning of Scripture. But the latter is assured because of God’s involvement. The preservation of meaning is superintended by God. Through built-in methods of transmitting the Bible that repeat meaning in different ways, cross referencing exposes accidental error in translation as well as ill intent.

Matthew 5:18

For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished.

Matthew 4:4

Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God’ ”[It must therefore be assumed that it is preserved].

2 Peter 3:16

He writes the same way in all his letters, speaking in them of these matters. His letters contain some things that are hard to understand, which ignorant and unstable people distort, as they do the other Scriptures, to their own destruction.

5. The Bible is clearly the Christian’s guide for determining all truth.

Matthew 22:29

Jesus replied, “You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God.

Acts 17:2

As was his custom, Paul went into the synagogue, and on three Sabbath days he reasoned with them from the Scriptures,

Romans 15:4

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope.

1 Corinthians 15:3

For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance : that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures,

1 Corinthians 15:4

that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures,

1 Corinthians 4:6

Now, brothers and sisters, I have applied these things to myself and Apollos for your benefit, so that you may learn from us the meaning of the saying, “Do not go beyond what is written.” Then you will not be puffed up in being a follower of one of us over against the other.

1 Corinthians 7:19

Circumcision is nothing and uncircumcision is nothing. Keeping God’s commands is what counts.

Romans 4:3

For what saith the scripture?

6. The Bible does not necessarily concern itself with facts concerning every aspect and activity in life, but does address how a Christian should think and believe with the goal of glorifying God. The Bible doesn’t teach us how to fix a car, but it does teach us how to be God’s kind of auto mechanic, husband, school teacher, construction worker, etc.

Matthew 5:16

In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

1 Corinthians 10:31

So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.

2 Timothy 2:15

Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.

7. The Bible is completely sufficient for all wisdom that the Christian needs to live a life pleasing to God, and the renewing of the mind.

Matthew 4:4

Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’ ”

2 Timothy 3:16, 17

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

8. Only biblical wisdom and the empowerment of the Holy Spirit can transform and renew the mind.

Ephesians 4:23

and that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind,

Ephesians 4:17

So this I say, and affirm together with the Lord, that you walk no longer just as the Gentiles also walk, in the futility of their mind,

9. Worldly wisdom may be descriptive, but is not prescriptive for any matter of life, and particularly godliness. Worldly wisdom or the sciences of living so-called cannot aid the Christian because they are not spiritually discerning.

1Corintians 2:14

The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned.

1 Corinthians 1:20

Where is the wise person? Where is the teacher of the law? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?

10. Christians are to protect the Bible and contend against every thought in ourselves and others that lift themselves up against the knowledge of God. The word usually translated “observe” (tereo) in Matthew 28:20 (Christ’s mandate to the church) means to watch over or protect.

2 Corinthians 10:5

We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.

11. The Bible calls itself “the mind of Christ.”  

1Corinthians 2:16

for, “Who has known the mind of the Lord

so as to instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ.

12. In times past, and as God used man to build upon His word, other means were used to communicate His truth. But in these latter days, Scripture is the sole authority.

Hebrews 1:1, 2

In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe.

2 Peter 1:16-21

For we did not follow cleverly devised stories when we told you about the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ in power, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty.  He received honor and glory from God the Father when the voice came to him from the Majestic Glory, saying, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.” We ourselves heard this voice that came from heaven when we were with him on the sacred mountain.

We also have the prophetic message as something completely reliable, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation of things. For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.

13. The Bible is the paramount authority in the life of each believer.

1 Corinthians 11:1

Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.

Galatians 1:8

But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let them be under God’s curse!

Acts 17:11

Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.

1 Peter 2:5

you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.

14. A finished superintended canon is implied by biblical warnings to not add or take away from the Bible. Additions to the Bible throughout history were always qualified by special acts of God and confirmed by biblical prophecy from prior texts. God has always warned mankind to not add or take away from whatever was complete revelation for that time.

Revelation 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.

Deuteronomy 4:2

You shall not add to the word which I command you, nor take anything from it.

Psalms 119:160

The entirety of Your word is truth.

Proverbs 30:6

Add thou not unto His words, lest He reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.

15. Trust in God and His written word are synonymous.

Proverbs 30:5,6

Every word of God is pure; he is a shield to those who put their trust in Him.

Matthew 4:4

Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.

Luke 11:27,28

Jesus was saying these things, a woman in the crowd called out, “Blessed is the mother who gave you birth and nursed you.” He replied, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.”

16. Only scriptural truth sanctifies. 

John 17:17

Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.

17. God expects mankind, and especially Christians to colabor in understanding truth.

Matthew 7:7

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.

Matthew 6:33

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

1 Peter 1:10

Concerning this salvation, the prophets, who spoke of the grace that was to come to you, searched intently and with the greatest care, 11 trying to find out the time and circumstances to which the Spirit of Christ in them was pointing when he predicted the sufferings of the Messiah and the glories that would follow. 12 It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves but you, when they spoke of the things that have now been told you by those who have preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven. Even angels long to look into these things.

18. Works of the law are written on the hearts of all and executed by the conscience. Christians are to use the Bible (specific revelation) to keep a clear conscience.

Romans 2:14,15

(Indeed, when Gentiles, who do not have the law, do by nature things required by the law, they are a law for themselves, even though they do not have the law. 15 They show that the requirements of the law are written on their hearts, their consciences also bearing witness, and their thoughts sometimes accusing them and at other times even defending them.)

1 Timothy 1:5

The goal of this command is love, which comes from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.

1 Timothy 1:19

holding on to faith and a good conscience, which some have rejected and so have suffered shipwreck with regard to the faith.

1 Timothy 3:9

They must keep hold of the deep truths of the faith with a clear conscience.

1 Timothy 4:2

Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron.

2 Timothy 1:3

I thank God, whom I serve, as my ancestors did, with a clear conscience, as night and day I constantly remember you in my prayers.

19.  The Bible contains the only truth concerning hidden things of the heart or psychology of the mind. 

For example: Do people feign mental illness to escape bad situations?

1 Samuel 21: 12-15

David took these words to heart and was very much afraid of Achish king of Gath.  So he pretended to be insane in their presence; and while he was in their hands he acted like a madman, making marks on the doors of the gate and letting saliva run down his beard. Achish said to his servants, “Look at the man! He is insane! Why bring him to me? Am I so short of madmen that you have to bring this fellow here to carry on like this in front of me? Must this man come into my house?”

Another example is the fact that in the vast majority of cases where people are helped by psychology, they are simply taught to stop violating their consciences (see point #18). 

Another example would be,  how to have assurance of salvation. Worldy psychology can do nothing in regard to this subject as only one example among many: 

2 Peter 1:5-11

 For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love.  For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But whoever does not have them is nearsighted and blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their past sins.

 Therefore, my brothers and sisters, make every effort to confirm your calling and election. For if you do these things, you will never stumble, and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

20. God’s word is His full philosophical statement to man throughout the ages and revealed according to mans need at the time. Prior to the 6th century, the only alternative was mythology. Plato’s Academy was the first institution of supposed higher learning that created a philosophical statement for which man could attempt to live by. It has been the most formidable contention against God’s word since, and is the source for most pretensions that lift themselves up against the knowledge of God. Most psychological theory of our day can be traced back to the Sophists of ancient Greece.

21. All facts are not God’s truth.

There is a thinking crisis in our culture that is greatly compounded in the church because faith is often a license for subjectivity; an inability to think coupled with an attitude that pragmatism is the antithesis of spirituality. Especially in Reformed circles, knowing things and being solution oriented =’s “arrogance.”

Propositions are judged by how good they sound, or how logical they sound, or if the hearing thereof incites a stimulating chemical reaction in the brain that we seem to like.

All truth is God’s truth; is that true? No. However, the following is true: that truism has led many to destruction. Why? Because it assumes truth is the same as facts, and it doesn’t understand that all teaching is a process of propositions that lead to a conclusion. And, logic always yields the same results.

“Dr. John Doe has said many valid things here; I would only disagree with this point or that point.”

Facts and truth are two different things. Facts are usually passive and an elementary part of a larger schema. 2+2=4 is a fact, and a tree is a fact, but unlike truth, they are morally neutral and can rarely take you anyplace by themselves. Truth has a moral aspect, and usually has a purpose in mind. Jesus Christ is not merely a fact, though His existence is certainly factual—He is “The Truth.” He is the epitome of all that is good and gives life.

When the serpent deceived Eve in the garden, he used facts to take her to a rejection of the truth. The fact that Eve was not going to die on the spot after eating the apple was a fact. Satan presented many facts to Jesus when he tempted Him in the wilderness, but the goal wasn’t truth. Does that make the facts God’s truth? Hardly.

True facts that lead to untruth are not God’s truth, because God’s truth always equals life and has that end in mind. Sub truth, or facts, are only as true as what they yield whether life or death. When ill motives are attached to a fact, it is still fact, but it isn’t truth because the fact was used for ill intent. Truth has a moral qualification.

It is not a good idea to sit under the tutelage of Satan because he espouses facts that are undeniable—his facts never lead to truth, he is “the father of lies.”

“Satan has said many valid things here. I agree that Psalms 9:11,12 states that the angels will bear Jesus up. However, I disagree with his suggestion that Jesus should have jumped off the temple pinnacle.”

Really? That’s nice.

Secondly, each proposition that builds up to the conclusion needs to be evaluated. Sub points need to be true and they need to fit together logically to affirm the conclusion. When we have some disagreement on a point in a message or teaching, the possible application of it for another conclusion should be irrelevant. It needs to be judged according to its proposition and contribution to the conclusion at hand. Not all incorrect propositions on the way to a conclusion do irreparable damage to the conclusion, but it’s rare.

Thirdly, Philosophy forms logic which always leads to the same results. All “truth” teachers have a philosophy. All teaching seeks to lead you to a conclusion. Conclusions form logic and lead to action. Hence, “….the student will be like his teacher.”

Philosophy is metaphysics (what we believe about reality and being), epistemology (the theory of how we come to know what we know, or how we obtain knowledge), ethics (the moral application of what we know), and politics (how we use what we know to relate to others, or how we communicate it). The first two elements of philosophy always determine ethics and politics. Often, behavior reveals the philosophy: “….by their fruits you will know them.”

This is exactly why we categorize teachers and reject all that they say out of hand because once their philosophy is revealed, we know where the logic will always take us. Even if some of what they say is factual, the conclusions they want to take you to are based on the philosophy. Therefore, their factual stepping stones are only relevant to the truth or error that is the goal, and for all practical purposes, the same value is placed on the propositions leading to the conclusion. Hence, the biblical prescription for those who have errant philosophy: “AVOID THEM,” and, “Do not allow them into your home or bid them God’s speed.”

Therefore, facts that are part of a conclusion that is a lie have no moral value and are not truth, but part of a deception.

This is the folly of sitting under the teachings of people with errant philosophy, or even greeting them: even the facts that they present are intended to lead to untruthful conclusions. So no, all truth is not God’s truth. God’s truth always has a good ending. Scripture states plainly to completely avoid anyone with errant philosophy.

How you would then glean what is “good” from their teachings while “leaving what’s bad on the shelf,” or “eat the chicken and throw away the bones” is a mystery to me. God forbids that the chicken is even in our house and disallows the use of our shelves.

paul

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  1. paulspassingthoughts said, on September 15, 2012 at 8:03 AM

    Reblogged this on Clearcreek Chapel Watch.

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  2. Argo said, on September 15, 2012 at 3:07 PM

    Paul,
    You regularly use the word “authority” to describe the Bible. How exactly does the Bible conscript and then enforce this authority? That is, where does the force come in which rightly compels people to obey scripture as a just manifestation of its authority. If not man, then are you suggesting that God acts as force on behalf of obedience to the Bible’s authority? If that is so, then would that not mean that God is subsevient to the Bible, instead of the other way around?

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  3. Argo said, on September 15, 2012 at 3:12 PM

    I guess what I am asking is: where does the Bible end and God begin? Or vice versa.

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    • paulspassingthoughts said, on September 15, 2012 at 4:09 PM

      He, he, he, this is what blogging is all about. I will have to add this as additional points that I didn’t think of. God encourages the following of His word because it leads to happiness and blessings. It is the philosophy that makes life work the right way. He knows the best philosophy because he created everything.
      I mean, Ephesians 6:1-3 is hard to get around. This is a blessing/cursing issue. It starts with A and ends with Z in the milieu of life by degree. He also disciplines us for our own good. To a large degree, it’s not a matter of enforcement, but choice. This seems to be Moses, thesis when he presented the law on Mount Sinai. It also seems to be the subject of God’s pep talk to Moses before the big event.

      great question.

      paul

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  4. Argo said, on September 15, 2012 at 5:41 PM

    Thanks for writing this out, though, Paul. It does spell out clearly where you stand: thanks for having the courage and patience to do this. I really appreciate it…and you, if I don’t say it enough! 🙂

    My real concern is not necessarily with the idea that the Bible certainly is God’s revelation to man, and it allows us to understand our lives and how to live them in a way that maximizes our joy and God’s righteousness, love, and glory. I just feel that your description is, though, a more comprehensive way of merely suggesting that the Bible is, in fact, an infallible thing. And by that I mean that it is its own truth…meaning: the Bible is true because it is the Bible. I simply cannot understand this thinking (and maybe you aren’t saying this…I’m not assuming). One can certainly say this about God: God is who He is; God is true because he IS; God is true because he’s God, etc. But not about the Bible, which immediately means that the Bible cannot then be infallible. It is subject to man’s application to prove it’s TRUTH. God is, of course, not subject to this, which is why HE is truly infallible. Now, I understand that the Bible is a perfect rubric…a recipe, you might say (tritely 🙂 ). Certain, it has a modicum of perfection in that it is a perfect recipe for a specific idea. But what that idea actually turns out to look like will depend on the application of the recipe by the cook. A recipe can give you all you may NEED, in a way, but it cannot account for things that exist outside of it’s list of ingredients and proportions (are there more people than the recipe calls for–what if you want more or less servings; what if you don’t have rice but do have corn; what if you only have a grill and not a gas stove; what if you need to make something gluten-free or diabetic friendly…is there something you can substitute for sugar, for salt, for wheat,etc., etc). In such cases, one needs to apply the recipe (and not really “start” with the recipe, but, more like “apply” it to your situation, which will be different from the next cook’s, and the next, and so on), but with an external understanding that is based on the REASON of the cook, and, if possible, the input from the truly INFALLIBE thing: the chef who created the recipe in the first place (in the literal sense, God, or the Holy Spirit).

    Do you see what I mean?

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    • paulspassingthoughts said, on September 15, 2012 at 8:38 PM

      Argo,
      Sure, I see what you mean. I received another challenge in that my position smacks of Reformed presuppositional apologetics. So, this is great because I will be able to refine my position over time. RPA holds to the idea (and this might address your concerns somewhat) that ALL reality is interpreted through the Bible. Not so. The Bible is not concerned with all reality. Reality concerns many different categories other than life and godliness. The Reformers used RPA as a stepping stone to get Christians indoctrinated into the Gnostic concepts that Gospel Sanctification needs for its plausible application; ie, the Gospel is the vision of the good and everything else worldly realty/wisdom.

      paul

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  5. lydiasellerofpurple said, on September 15, 2012 at 11:08 PM

    I believe scripture is inspired but not inerrant. How could it be with so many translations over so much time? Just a read of the process and history behind the KJV should be enough to dispel that thinking. And that is only one translation to discuss! Lool at the words added or changed for that translation. (An example would be 1 Corin 11 were “symbol of” was added which was not there and changed the entire meaning! Or adding the word “office” to describe ekklesia structure when it was not there and there are really only “functions” within the body. The list is endless. Many of these bad translations have become accepted doctrine when they were never meant to be and are actually teaching the opposite of what was meant to be.)

    But the real question comes with early Chrisitans did not have the NT. And we know in the Dark Ages very few were even allowed to read it. It had to be read and interpreted for them. So are we to ascertain that none of these folks could know truth through the Holy Spirit and be saved?

    I have really come full circles on this one. Without the Holy Spirit indwelling as a true believer (Jesus said: The Best Teacher), the Bible becomes a history book or a club to beat folks with.

    In spiritual abuse circles we advise people to read only the Gospels for about 3 years. Read intently every day begging the Holy Spirit to take away all man induced filters. Know Jesus Christ. How He lived, what He said, What He did not say, etc. Only then can we understand Paul properly and we can spot the error a mile away.And more and more these charlatans will cease looking like the real thing when you KNOW Christ.

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    • paulspassingthoughts said, on September 16, 2012 at 7:07 AM

      Lydia,

      This is helpful for addressing and refining. I believe God used men to write the Bible and wants to engage man in reasoning together. I think #4 addresses your issue. No intended meaning is lost, but because of man’s involvement in the process–there are issues.

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  6. Argo said, on September 16, 2012 at 10:53 AM

    Lydia,
    Great post. Nailed it.

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  7. lydiasellerofpurple said, on September 16, 2012 at 2:28 PM

    Argo, I will give another HUGE example of a translation problem that has had implications for centuries. In Gen 3, the word teshuqa translated as “desire” was translated as “turning” until about 1400 when a monk named Pagnino changed it to “desire”. The implications of this have been enormous. It can be argued that “desire” has the same root implications but it really communicates something different. Eve would be “turning” FROM God to Adam. That is HUGE.

    God predicted Eve would be “turning” from God to Adam and because of that Adam would rule over her. “Desire” communicates and has been taught that Eve wanted to rule Adam. When the truth is that Eve wrongly chose Adam over God.

    Look at this chart of translations for the word teshuqa over the centuries for that verse. Look at how the Septuagint Greek translated it.:

    http://godswordtowomen.org/teshuqa_chart.pdf

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    • paulspassingthoughts said, on September 16, 2012 at 2:46 PM

      Lydia,

      The Bible is written in checks and balances. Man is involved, so there is going to be translation issues. But they can be detected through study. The huge problem you get into is when you consider the warning in Scripture not to add to or take away from God’s word. Inspired, or added? That’s the crux. If inspired, then superintention by God must be logically assumed. If added, well, that would at least be consistent. Also, the Bible teaches behavioral truths that psychology has always rejected or could never come up with on their own. For instance, though the Bible clearly teaches that people often feign mental illness to avoid difficult circumstances, psychologist reject the possibility out of hand. Thus, the person is never helped. Moreover, how many people go to a psychologist because they doubt their salvation? How many people take that presentation problem to a psychologist?

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    • paulspassingthoughts said, on September 16, 2012 at 2:57 PM

      ….and actually, multiple versions are very helpful. Think about it: you have many different Greek/English/Hebrew scholars translating who are from many different camps. If all of them translate a passage the same way, that’s a pretty good indication that the translation is correct. If different, the reasons why are often very insightful.

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