REV. PAGET: Truth does not evolve

You’ve heard the saying, “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes” ("The Works of Benjamin Franklin," 1817). Let me suggest another certainty — the Word of God, the Bible.
Apr 28, 2013

 

I write this column knowing full well that there are a number of Tribune readers — including some local clergy members — who do not believe in the certainty of God’s Word. They may respect the Bible and even at times reference it. But they do not subscribe to the belief that the Bible is the inerrant, infallible Word of God. 

Simply put, they do not believe the Bible is true and without error.

That’s OK. That’s their opinion. And that’s the point I want to make. Everyone is entitled to his or her opinion. That’s what makes our country great. While I may not agree with your opinion, I support your right to express it.

Opinions, however, are subject to established principles or statutes that may trump an individual’s right of expression. It may be my opinion that there’s nothing wrong with driving 75 mph in a 25 mph zone. The law, however, has a different opinion and the authorities will be certain to fine me if I am caught.

Contrary to what some believe, the Bible is not a collection of opinions.  It claims to be the Word of God and repeatedly makes that assertion throughout its pages. You and I have the option of believing or not believing what the Bible says. But our opinion doesn’t make the Bible less or more true. It stands on its own witness.

When Moses received the Ten Commandments, God didn’t give him 10 opinions that the Israelites could accept or reject without repercussion. They were laws that God formulated and commanded the Israelites to believe and practice. Like posted speed limits along U.S. 31, God’s Word is law and must be obeyed. 

Some people, like President Obama and others, have publically declared that their opinions on the issue of same-sex marriage have evolved. They mean that after re-consideration they changed their minds. That’s fine. We have the right to change our minds. But we don’t have the right to regard what God has said about certain prohibitions as merely an opinion subject to change with the times.

The writer of Psalm 119:160 states: “The sum of your word is truth, and every one of your righteous rules endures forever.” I doubt the writer was employing hyperbole with the words truth, rules and forever.

You cannot separate God’s Word from himself. He is immutable. That means he does not change. What God says is who God is. Doubting God’s Word is akin to questioning his character, something the serpent did in the Garden of Eden (Gen. 3:1).

If God’s recorded Word is vulnerable to the fickleness of society, how can anyone find comfort, assurance or peace in what God has said? Was Jesus only kidding, or worst lying, when he claimed to be the only way to the Father in heaven (John 14:6)?

Addressing whether or not the resurrection of Jesus Christ was really true or just his opinion, the Apostle Paul wrote: “And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain (1 Cor. 15:14). He went on to say that if people are saying the resurrection of Christ happened when it really didn’t, they are misrepresenting God.

Who decides which part of God’s Word is subject to the changing opinions of the public and which part is timeless and true? It can’t be true for me and not true for you. One of us is wrong. I believe gravity is more than a theory. Do you want to chance proving me wrong by jumping off a cliff?

Some are of the opinion that Jesus’ inclusiveness means overlooking or accepting certain behaviors that the Bible clearly notes as prohibitive and against God’s creative mandates. They also suggest that the Holy Spirit is in agreement, leading the Church to question or even reject what the Bible has spoken to so decisively in the past. Such opinions are not only theologically absurd, they are logically impossible (I don’t mean certain dietary, societal or worship injunctions specific and unique to Israel before Christ’s ministry on earth).

Orthodox Christians believe that God is One in three distinct persons — God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. Jesus stated that he and God the Father are one (John 10:30). The Apostle John wrote that Jesus is the Word of God and that he is God (John 1:1). So it’s logical that what God said in the Old Testament is in agreement with what Jesus said as recorded in the Gospels and what has been written in the epistles as well (Rom. 15:4). God (the Father, Son and Holy Spirit) cannot contradict himself. He is not a God of confusion (1 Cor. 14:33).

Finally, congregations or their pastors cannot decide for themselves whether or not God’s Word is true. They can only choose to believe it and live by it, or reject it and go their own way. Frankly, if I was to put the truth of God’s Word to a vote from my pulpit, I’m certain my congregation would vote me right out the church door.

Truth — the Bible — does not evolve.

— The Rev. Ray Paget is pastor of Grand Haven Community Baptist Church.

 

Comments

Ironcop

Amen and Amen.

Be

If you think the bible has not evolved, it shows you know nothing about the bible and nothing about the real history of religions in general.

lol125

Hi Be ....Could you please give an example(s) when you infer that the actual Bible has evolved? Please included examples also of "the real history of religions in general."

Be

http://www.truthbeknown.com/bibl...
www.jesusneverexisted.com

These are not my sites, but I'd rather not spend my time debating. I doubt most will take the time to actually read this, but there's plenty of information for the taking for those who actually want to know.

lol125

Hi Be, Thank you for your response. I believe your response further confirms the Pastors point. I did look at and read the second one. The title pretty much exposed the content. It's basically based on opinion, refuting Christ being the Lord and Messiah. As the Pastor stated, we all have the right to our opinion, just as the info contained on these web sites. However your response has nothing to do with the Bible changing or "Evolving" to support popular opinion. The Bible has not changed. We have the opportunity to accept or reject Christ. We have to decide on whether absolute truth is real or not. If the Bible is just a make believe story than we have nothing to loose. If the Bible is truth, then we our risking our eternal soul. Matthew 7: 13,14

Be

It's not opinion. It's based on cold hard evidence. Something the bible completely lacks, despite any apologetics (no apology needed) effort.

You didn't read the content of the websites or take them seriously, so don't pretend.

Watch the first chapter of the movie 'Zeitgeist' and tell me there's no evidence. It's readily available on netflix instant right now.

deuce liti

Only a fool will reference a movie as a reliable source. You haven't read the bible so you can't refute it's truth and historical evidence.

If you (the fool) want to refute anything, try reasoning on the fact that "bible translation teams" that have unsubstantiated trinity doctorine ingrained in them have biasly translated scriptures to fit their docterines instead of what original bible writers wrote under inspiration of God.

This bias, what the book "Truth in Translation" calls the Protestant Burden has influenced all of false christianity.

If you don't want to believe in God that is fine. God gave you free will to do so out of love (He could have made you like a robot to worship Him). However, don't come here quote MOVIES as evidence. How can anyone take you seriously when you do that?

Seriously!

deuce liti

By the way, I wrote this aboard the Millenium Falcon while Alf was my co-pilot.

Be

I'm not using a movie as a source. I'm using a movie that explains evidence very clearly. I'd rather not try and explain evidence on a chat room ok?

Just for your information, I've had more exposure to the Bible and time in Christianity than most of you could possibly imagine. That's part of the reason I have a hard time listening to this garbage that has wasted 30 years of my life. Thank God I'm free at last! Unfortunately I'm surrounded by the flock of sheeple...

lol125

Be: I think the issue is that you don't want to believe which absolutely is your right and choice which I support. However there are definite consequences for our choices. The Bible states that men prefer darkness and do not want to come into the light, for they will be exposed. You are correct when you state that I did not take the web site seriously, as the Holy Spirit is my advocate. This is not about critical thinking, rather child like faith. No person can persuade you to believe in anything. Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God. Truth exists whether we accept it or not. It's up to you. Once you are confronted by the Gospel you will never be the same again, whether you accept or reject Christ.

Be

I feel sorry for you. Wake up!

GrandHavenTaxpayers

beautifully stated.

Wingmaster

You are so bitter

BE nice

BE open minded as you proclaim

BE non judgemental, your worse then the believers you beyatch about!

BE is your way of hiding from truth or just...

BE quiet if you don't want to debate them as you said in earlier post!

Be

What wing are you a master of?

All I ask is that you look at evidence. I know that won't happen, but I can try....

Wingmaster

I have...best hope you have interpeted everything correctly.

Now if you want to talk about the religions that corrupt the message, we may have common ground!

Ironcop

Be, are you comfortable meeting your Creator on Judgement Day and telling Him his truths have "evolved"? You're free to believe any way you want but I'll say again, eternity is a long time if you make the wrong decision.

Be

That is such horrible logic.

Whiskey_Tango_F...

BE,thanks for the link here are some more for you,

http://www.moddb.com/groups/athe...
http://www.evilbible.com/

The bible has so many contradictions,full of rape,murder,violence, I never understood why a parent wouldn't allow a child to watch an R rated movie but allow that child to read the bible.

One that floods the earth and murders millions of people we call it "GOD"
One that murders million of Jews by genocide we cal him a "Mad Man"

SHEEP ON PEOPLE!

Be

Finally! I thought the lead in the water had gotten to everyone!

lol125

Whiskey: You have every right to your opinion. The rape, murder and violence you refer to as I understand it is a result of mans sin including the flood you mentioned. God was in controll then and will be forever. We can refute that but it will not change the word of God. You are right, the Bible is very violent and not everything is understood. But any destruction that God directed was his judgement on mans sin and disobedience. I believe that comparing God to Hitler is a dangerous mistake. But we all have to choose whatever believe. Eternity is nothing to take lightly.

Be

believe, believe, believe.

Go sit in your room and believe something as hard as you can. Close your eyes and squeeze real hard.

Let me know what happens.

Be

Speaking of Hitler, he's on your side! “We were convinced that the people needs and requires this faith. We have therefore undertaken the fight against the atheistic movement, and that not merely with a few theoretical declarations: we have stamped it out.” -Adolf Hitler, in a speech in Berlin on 24 Oct. 1933

Whiskey_Tango_F...

@lol125, Your comment..quote "God was in controll then and will be forever." sounds as if he has lost all control, So lets just flood the earth and wipe the slate clean killing all men women AND children? doesn't sound like control to me.

Then you quote "But any destruction that God directed was his judgement on mans sin and disobedience" so i must fear a "GOD" which gave me free will but only to condemn me to eternal damnation because i have free will? judge,jury and executioner?

I see millions of innocent children suffering everyday because of starvation and disease, I would demand my "GOD" to settle these issues before i would have ANY faith in a "GOD"

"Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent. Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent. Is he both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil? Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God?" - Epicurus

Ironcop

I take comfort in knowing that Revelations tells us that God wins in the end. Can you afford to be wrong? Again, eternity is a long time. God bless.

lol125

Whiskey: I understand your argument but no one will be won to the Lord based on logic. If a person doesn't believe, then any biblical info given to them will generally just be countered by the non believers own feelings, thoughts and logic. It's only through the Holy Spirit that our eyes are opened. I didn't use to believe in God. But through circumstances in my life I became a believer. Never in a million years did I ever think that would happen. I don't have the ability to prove God's existence but it is proven in the change in my life and heart as well as many others. Once again we have to make a choice one way or another. We have to ask what is our eternal hope? Is it in our self and the things of this life, or is it in God? God is loving and does give us free will to decide but he is also just in his judgement. I will continue to pray and certainly wish you well.

opinionscount

Well said Pastor. Your words are true, yet our society is losing it's sight of truth. What is right is wrong and wrong is right. There will be a judgement, and we will all have to answer for our "opinions". I'm not a saint and have many flaws, as well. But, I do agree completely with your article and appreciate you for standing up for truth. -God Bless

 

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