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WORD OF GOD
Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.
"Certainly Mr Busybody. And thank you for offering to interview me in regards to my upcoming publication. Is there any specific question you would like to ask me?"
"I have many questions for you Mrs Minion, but first I would like to comment on your... shall I say unique? viewpoint regarding the Bible. I've interviewed quite a number of writers who have written about the Bible, and of course I've read many others besides. But you seem to have a very different view of what the Bible says, unlike anything I've read elsewhere. I suspect you've done a great deal of study of the Bible and know it very well."
"I have spent a great deal of time studying the Bible Mr Busybody, but as for any formal training, I've had none. As for knowing the Bible, I'm afraid I must confess to being excessively delinquent in this area of expertise."
"You don't know the Bible Mrs Minion? But you seem to have far more knowledge of the Bible than the experts I've interviewed. How can you say you're deficient in this area? Are you perhaps comparing yourself with where you would like to be rather than where others have attained to?"
"No Mr Busybody. You see, I have certain liabilities that obstruct my having a proper education in this area. One such handicap is my poor memory. I must hear something many times before my mind will retain it. For this reason I tend to learn very slowly, and I have only recently begun to study the Bible, thus causing me to be far behind where I should be in such a study."
"I see. But Mrs Minion, I return to my original statement, you appear to me to know the Bible so well. Yet you say you don't know the Bible. How can you justify such a statement?"
"Again I must negate your observation Mr Busybody. I do not know the Bible, but I do have a knowledge of the Word of God."
"The Word of God Mrs Minion? I'm afraid you have me at a loss. It's my understanding that the Bible is the Word of God. How can you say you know the Word of God, but you don't know the Bible? Aren't they one and the same?"
"Not at all Mr Busybody. That is the general assumption I'll admit, but as per usual, the general assumption is not correct."
"I'm afraid you're going to have to explain your reasoning to me Mrs Minion. What you say flies in the face of reality as I know it to be. How does the Bible differ from the Word of God?"
"Before I answer your question Mr Busybody, I would like to ask you a question. All those experts on the Bible you've interviewed, did any of them hold to the same understanding of the Bible as did the others?"
"No Mrs Minion, as a matter of fact they didn't. And I find that quite astounding. How can so many people hold to so many different views of the very same book? I know personal preference enter into the equation, just as they cause one person to like a certain food over another. But it seems to me that the Bible should not be at the disposal of our personal appetite. Do you have an explanation for such a phenomenon Mrs Minion?"
"I believe I do Mr Busybody. I bring us back to my original statement. I believe they may have memorized the Bible from cover to cover, just as the Pharisees knew the Bible far better than did anyone else of any era. But in spite of all their knowledge, they were ignorant when it came to the Word of God. You see Mr Busybody, while the experts of Jesus' day knew the Bible, they couldn't recognize the Word of God who was standing right in front of them, trying to educate them as to the will of God. Knowledge is not a light on a given subject, it's a blinder."
"Yes, I can see that, at least to a degree. But on the same token, how can a person understand anything if they don't first have knowledge on that subject?"
"Consider a child Mr Busybody. When a child asks a question, they have no answer. They are open to receiving what they are told. But once that child is given an answer, the child no longer seeks to find an answer, even though the answer they have been given is far off base from reality. This is never more true than with the Word of God. When a person is taught that the Bible means such and such, that is what a person accepts as fact, and he reads the Bible in such a way that every portion of the Bible conforms to that understanding."
"You're referring to doctrine I take it Mrs Minion? Yes, I've seen where doctrine has caused those I've interviewed to be centered around a certain interpretation of the Bible. But I can't see how any of this explains what you mean when you said the Word of God is different from the Bible?"
"You misunderstood me Mr Busybody. I didn't say they are different, I say that to know the Bible is not to say a person understands the Word of God. The Bible contains the Word of God, and accurately so. But to know the Word of God we have to read the Bible with a heart for learning the truth, not to force the Bible to support our preconceived notions. God has a message for us, and He has written His message in the Bible. But to know what God is saying, that is, to know the Word of God, we have to listen to what God is saying, not what the printed words seem to say. Have I explained myself to you adequately Mr. Busybody?"
"I suppose you have as well as I am able to comprehend what you're saying. However I must admit to having one huge empty spot in my understanding of your reasoning."
"That's to be expected Mr Busybody. Now, the time is getting late, so if you would allow me to place my hand on your arm you may escort me to a taxi. I'm afraid I am unable to do so on my own."
"Oh, I hadn't noticed your white cane Mrs Minion. Then you're blind. And I suppose that is one of the handicaps you spoke of earlier, a handicap that causes you to not know the Bible as well as you feel you should."
"Indeed it is Mr Busybody. But my blindness is a blessing, it being the reason I can understand the Word of God as I do. Now, to the cab if you don't mind."
14Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch. (Mat 15:)
15Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us: for after that he had said before, 16This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them; (Heb 10:)
33But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people. 34And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD: (Jer 31:)
27But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him. (1John 2:)
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