Blogging the Institutes–1.8.3–Scripture’s Truth Continues through the Centuries

“Blogging the Institutes” is my on-going attempt to paraphrase John Calvin’s work, the Institutes of the Christian Religion. You can find out more about the series in the Introduction. For all the posts in this series, check out the Master List

 

Scripture’s Truth Continues through the Centuries

Another piece of evidence confirming the Bible’s divine authorship is how old it is. Greek writers might try to rehabilitate old Egyptian religion, but no religion today stems from ancient times, before the time of the Moses. But Moses does not write about a new God in his work. He writes about the eternal God which the Israelites had received from the tradition of their ancestors. Their ancestors transmitted the truth of the eternal God from generation-to-generation for a long time. Furthermore, what else does Moses do other than lead the Israelites back to the God who made a covenant with their “founder,” Abraham? If Moses wrote about a God they had never heard of, he would not have succeeded in leading the nation. Israel’s liberation from Egypt, however, must have been a universal fact in the ancient world. Just mentioning it would have elicited interest. It is therefore probable that most Israelites who lived later were acquainted with the 400 years of Israel’s captivity in Egypt. Now, if Moses (who was so much earlier than any of the other religious writers) traces his teaching back to such a remote period, it is obvious how much older the Scriptures are than other writings.

We Have Bills to Pay

[Atticus says], ‘As you grow older, you’ll see white men cheat black men every day of your life, but let me tell you something and don’t you forget it—whenever a white man does that to a black man, no matter who he is, how rich he is, or how fine a family he comes from, that white man is trash.’ Atticus was speaking so quietly his last word crashed on our ears. I looked up, and his face was vehement. ‘There’s nothing more sickening to me than a low-grade white man who’ll take advantage of a Negro’s ignorance. Don’t fool yourselves—it’s all adding up and one of these days we’re going to pay the bill for it. I hope it’s not in you children’s time.’

–To Kill a Mockingbird

Blogging the Institutes–1.8.2–The Prophets Show the Majesty of Scripture

“Blogging the Institutes” is my on-going attempt to paraphrase John Calvin’s work, the Institutes of the Christian Religion. You can find out more about the series in the Introduction. For all the posts in this series, check out the Master List.

The Prophets Show the Majesty of Scripture

The writing style of some of the prophets in the Bible surpasses the eloquence, style, and beauty of even some pagan writers. Through their eloquence, the Holy Spirit shows us that He can use a variety of language, not just simple language, to convey the truth. Whether you read the writings of King David or Isaiah, whose writings flow sweet and pleasant, or you read Amos, Jeremiah, or Zechariah, who write less polished works, the truth is the same: the greatness of the Spirit is clear to all.

Now, I am aware that Satan tries to imitate God. So he will use works written with a Scripture-like simplicity in order to disseminate error into the minds of unbelievers. He will also use hard-to-understand language to mask the errors he is slipping in. Anyone with common sense can see how vile such practices are. Although many people try to discredit the Scriptures, they are filled with teachings which could never come from human beings. Examine the prophets! In them, you will find divine teaching. Those who feel their works are boring lack any kind of literary taste and sensibility.