I felt led to lay out before you my blog’s guidelines for commenting on any subject. These are my rules of conduct in the blogosphere, a kind of setting forth of my faith and my practice of viewing things. It explains how I come by my points of view, a “What We Believe” statement of sorts. Hereafter you won’t have to ever ask, “Where’s this guy coming from?” After reading this, you should never have to ask, “Where did that idea come from?” I want to be fair and honest here, and lay my cards on the table. These are my rules, and my expectations for my followers — believers and non-believers alike.
First, I assert that this blog has been commissioned by the Lord Jesus Christ. In plain language, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit told me to start this blog. As far as humanly possible then, I will strive to represent God’s point of view faithfully. Secondly, I believe in the Holy Bible, as the only objective source of truth; the only OBJECTIVE source, I say. That’s different from the only source of truth period. And where necessary and appropriate, I will reference the scriptures for the objective evaluation of truth and validity of my view points by my reading public.
We are, however, not quite as rigid as some of our conservative Christian brothers. The Bible is not our only source of truth, because we believe in the living, eternal God, who speaks to the hearts of people, and who reveals his glory progressively. It’s not that the Bible is not the sole and sufficient guide for human living. It certainly is. But man’s understanding and man’s faculties could never stand the whole load and weight of God’s glory being revealed all at once. (See the Apostle John’s experience, and the prophet Daniel’s, for examples. Revelation 1:12-17; Daniel 10:7-15). So, man’s faculties for accepting the fullness of the knowledge of God, is therefore growing. And it is growing to the point that one day, the Bible says, “the knowledge of the Lord shall cover the earth as the waters cover the sea” (Isaiah 11:9). Does not the scripture exhort us to “grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ?” (2Peter 3:18) And, does it not tell us that we have been given teachers, “13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ: 14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; 15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ” (Eph 4:13-15).
Some of my conservative brothers would say, “Revelation ended with the apostles. The Bible has a front and back cover now.” But I say, “That’s absurd.” If by revelation you mean, the God-breathed, Spirit uttered, and inspired words of God, then consider. Does not the Bible say this? “And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen” (John 21:25). So we have a God who likes to act on behalf of man so very voluminously, John the Apostle said the world could not contain all the books to give an account. And if his historical acts were so many, then his eternal words are even more so. Does it not say, “How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand.” (Psa 139:17,18) So, God not only likes to work on our behalf, but according to Psalms 139:17-18, he likes talking to the heart of man even more, comparing his words thereto to be “more in number than the sand.” And of the sand, the Bible says, it is literally “innumerable” (Heb 11:12).
Now take that figure, innumerable, and multiply it by, what? Multiply it by about 7+ billion souls alive today. That’s quite an astronomical figure. And even if we take into account that previous generations were less populous than ours, you still get the picture that this is astronomical. You may say,” But most of those were unbelievers. God doesn’t speak to unbelievers.” But I say, God indeed speaks even to unbelievers. Even If his only words to them are,” I am God. Jesus is my son. I love you. Jesus died for you. Therefore, repent. Believe. And be saved.” Now, I can hardly imagine that any Evangelical Christians would doubt that God from time to time does speak those words directly to the heart of the unbeliever. And hey, God’s words are God’s word.
Now again, take that astronomical figure we got from above, and multiply that by the number of generations of mankind that have lived these past 2,000 since Christ. Let’s see. Counting a generation, as the Bible does, as forty years, then we come up with about 50 generations. Right? So, now we multiply 50 times (x) the innumerable words of God. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I think that the product of that multiplication is a few more words than we the Bible contains between Genesis and Revelation.
My contention then is simply this: without putting artificial limits on God’s word, let’s test and prove all things by the words of scripture. If a view point lines up with scripture, then we know it’s sound. If it doesn’t, then we have solid grounds to reject it. But by all means, don’t dispute it if you’ve not thoroughly checked it out. Like the scripture says, “He who answers a matter before he hears it, it is folly and shame to him.” (Prov 18:13)
So, what am I saying? My viewpoints are genuinely from a Christian worldview, but not all of them are the norm. Not all of them are the traditional byline. God does often talk to me in my heart, and impart thought to my mind that he Himself has inspired. And to the best of my ability, being human, I plan to represent those ideas to the world in this forum. And my invitation to all people is that you simply listen with and open heart and mind. If you be a noble minded believer, do like the citizens of Berea did after they heard the apostle Paul. They “received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so” (Acts 17:11). And if you are presently not a believer, but are on a genuine search for truth, then simply ply my words to everything else you know to be true and honest. TRUTH has a way of confirming itself, that is, to all who love the truth.
Do my viewpoints come from God? Do they really represent truth? Here’s my DARE. I don’t care. Search the scriptures. Search your heart. Then, you be the judge.