Much Learning Hath Made Thee Mad! — Guest Post by Marilynn Dawson

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This morning wondering what I would delve into next for personal devotional time, the thought occurred to me that people, perhaps now more than any other time in history, are questioning the validity of God’s Word.  Christians swayed by scientific arguments falsely so-called, (1 Timothy 6:20)  O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called are now questioning the Biblical account of Genesis in Chapters 1 and 2. The first argument being that of the word “day”, which is used in other parts of Scripture to mean a literal day, as well as a figurative day.

Proponents of this argument conveniently leave out God’s definition of a day as given in this passage, “And the evening and the morning were the first or second or third (etcetera), day”.  If God had not stipulated what made up a typical day, then these arguments might stand a chance of holding water.  But God did stipulate the nature of these days as being the very same definition given to the Jewish people.  The argument regarding the verse in 2 Peter 3:8  “But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day” totally takes this verse out of context in order to make their point for theistic evolution.  When taken in context, Peter is telling his readers that there will be scoffers who deride the Lord’s people, demanding to know when He will return, because He appears to be taking so long.  Peter is trying to state that God lives outside of time and that what seems short to us, may have been long to God, or what is long for us may have been short for God.  This in no way can be used as a counter-argument for God’s definition of “day” spelled out for us in the Genesis account.  “The evening and the morning” is a clear indication of the time frame God stepped into for the sake of creation.

Still others argue that the second chapter takes things out of context.  This is an argument that doesn’t wash either.  How many times do you sit and listen to someone speak, who spells out three points and then goes back to flesh out one of them?  This is what God is doing in the narration of the creation account.  God spells out what took place in chapter one, then He takes the point of creation of man and fleshes it out in more detail.  No discrepancy here at all.

Interestingly, proponents of these arguments for the Creation account then come back with the infallibility and inerrancy of Scripture, calling that into question as well.  I actually saw a person outright deny the God-ordained dictation of the Scriptures, which completely goes against Hebrews 1:1  where it says “God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,” and Peter where he said in 2 Peter 1:19-21  “We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:  20  Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.  21  For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.” 

Now the argument here is that we are using Scripture to speak for itself.  To that I give a 100% affirmative YES!  To do otherwise is to challenge what God has handed down to us, to challenge His ability to keep a straight record of all He wants us to do, learn and grow through, and challenges His claim that this is a living, breathing book (Hebrews 4:12)  For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Either what God has shared with mankind is true, or both Christianity and Judaism are full-on lies no different than any other religion out there.  Speaking of lies, how would we even know what a lie was if someone greater than ourselves had not given us the concept of right and wrong and taught us the truth from a lie.  This level of teaching occurred via the Torah, otherwise known to Christians as the first five books of the Old Testament.

Reasons for disbelief in what God has said about His own Word has come about because of apparent scientific discovery, archeological discrepency and the occasional bout of historical silence.  Scholars have chosen to let these be their judge of whether God’s Word is true or not, whether it can be trusted or not, and whether it was given by divine appointment or not.  In other words, scholars have placed human knowledge above God and have begun forcing God to bow to their expectations, or God isn’t God anymore.  The fact that many of these scholars are supposedly naming themselves as Christians should give the true Child of God both pause for reflection as well as shock and dismay that human knowledge has set itself up as god over God!

Romans has a few harsh observations about this very situation:  (Romans 1:18-22)  For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;  19  Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.  20  For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:  21  Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.  22  Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,

Did that passage sound familiar?  Once a person can be led to believe that the Bible is not the infallible, inerrant Word of God dictated to man as God saw fit via the Holy Spirit, all manner of other doubts can be brought into play with much human reasoning to supposedly back them up.  Remember what the serpent said to Eve in the Garden?  (Genesis 3:1)  Now the serpent was more subtile than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?

“Yea, has God said. . . ?”  Did He really say that?  First we’ve had an undermining of the Genesis account.  Through that we’ve had an undermining of the understanding of the authority of Scripture.  From there it’s been an easy and simple step into questioning God’s stance on sin in the New Covenant, such as:

(Galatians 5:19-21)  Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,  20  Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,  21  Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.

(1 Corinthians 6:9-20)  Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,  10  Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.  11  And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.  12  All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.  13  Meats for the belly, and the belly for meats: but God shall destroy both it and them. Now the body is not for fornication, but for the Lord; and the Lord for the body.  14  And God hath both raised up the Lord, and will also raise up us by his own power.  15  Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot? God forbid.  16  What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh.  17  But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit.  18  Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body.  19  What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?  20  For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.

Look these passages up in your favourite translation.  Passages such as these are now called into question quite severely by those who would choose to justify their preferred lifestyle and still somehow claim to be in relationship with Christ.  These are only examples from the New Testament, because more and more Christians are tossing out the Old Testament and claiming to be New Testament, or New Covenant believers.  They don’t want to believe that even in the New Testament, those who choose not to live as God commands will still end up in hell.  Their view of God’s love has been skewed from one of a caring Father making righteous judgements on behalf of those He loves, to nothing more than a sugar-daddy in the sky raining down blessings no matter how naughty His children might be.  I’m sorry, but that’s not how my Bible reads, and if you spend more time in the Word, you’ll discover your Bible doesn’t teach that either.

Using Scripture to support Scripture is using God’s Words to support God’s Words.  This takes no less faith than those who believe unswervingly in the theory of Evolution.  The theory of evolution has more holes in it than Scripture ever will, but because mankind in the modern age has made science the god of the land, somehow evolution is more believable than trusting that God meant what He said and said what He meant in the Scriptures.

Christ said we are to come to Him with the faith of a child.  (Mark 10:14-15)  But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.  15  Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein.

Hence the title of this piece!  Much learning has made thee mad!  A child’s faith is very simple, very trusting, and has no reason to believe otherwise.  A child sees that a parent always has dinner on the table at a certain time and therefore believes that dinner will always be there and has implicit trust that the parent will always have dinner ready.  The child doesn’t begin to question the parent’s ability to have dinner on the table till they get older and begin to realize how hard it is for the parent to make that provision.  The child begins to lose their child-like trust and begins to doubt the parent, sometimes no longer believing the parent will follow through, even though the parent always has.

Today’s highly-educated scholars need to lay down their gods of knowledge and research, and come to Christ all over again, as little children, pushing aside the satanic seeds of doubt that raise human knowledge above God, and humble themselves before Him once more.  There is no room in the Kingdom of God for puffed up elevated levels of pride in human knowledge and accomplishments.  God will not bow to human reasoning.  God Himself says:

(Isaiah 55:7-11)  Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.  8  For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.  9  For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.  10  For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater:  11  So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts. . . and let him return to the Lord to find mercy and pardon. . . Hmmmm. . .

Marilynn can be contacted via her author page on Facebook at:https://www.facebook.com/Marilynn.Dawson.Author or by email: author@fa-ct.com

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