“there is a grimness and grubbiness to a lot of Scripture”

“There’s a grimness and grubbiness to a lot of Scripture because there’s a grimness and grubbiness to a lot of life.”  Steve Hays

“Devotional Bible Reading” by Steve Hays

Because we ordinarily limit our Bible reading to the most overtly spiritual sections, we tend to have a somewhat unrealistic picture of what all is in the Bible. If we read the entire Bible, we are amazed at how much non-religious content there is–bodily ailments and hygiene in the Pentateuch, military history in the chronicles and court history in those same books, and detailed pictures of social life in the OT prophetic books…The Bible covers pretty much all of life, not only specifically spiritual experiences like prayer and forgiveness of sin and good and evil but also national history, harvest, sunrise, and losing an axe is a body of water… L. Ryken, A Christian Guide to the Classics (Crossway 2015), 68.

 

On the one hand, some readers are offended by the “unedifying” passages of Scripture. On the other hand, when some Christians only read the edifying passages, it leaves them unprepared for the contrast between their selective reading of Scripture and the world they must confront. There’s a grimness and grubbiness to a lot of Scripture because there’s a grimness and grubbiness to a lot of life. It’s spiritually perilous when our real-life experience fails to matchup with Scripture because we only read the inspirational sections. But the Christian pilgrimage isn’t all hymn singing and 1 Corinthians 13. “
Steve Hays of Triablogue
My bolding and emphasis. 
This is wise to remember when seeking to read through the Old Testament especially, when we come across chapters of issues dealing with hygiene and getting rid of human excrement out of the camp in the desert,  and dealing with mold, and dead bodies, and some of the death penalty punishments and details of the building of the tabernacle and genealogies.
This gives us perspective when we go to our first funeral and see a dead body, or see your beloved family member get Alzheimer’s disease, or have to help your elderly father deal with his bathroom issues, and change his diaper like he was a baby again. Or having to deal with a suicide of someone you love . . .
There are mysteries to this life.  God is sovereign and does not answer all our questions. Many things are answered for us by God in Scripture, but some things remain hidden and are mysterious.
Ecclesiastes 11:5 ESV –
“As you do not know the way the spirit comes to the bones in the womb of a woman with child, so you do not know the work of God who makes everything.”
NASB –
“Just as you do not know the path of the wind and how bones are formed in the womb of the pregnant woman, so you do not know the activity of God who makes all things.”
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Jesus’ view of the Old Testament

 

Dr. Dan Wallace of Dallas Seminary defends Jesus’ view of Scripture.

The classic defense of Christ’s view of the OT is by John W. Wenham, Chapter 1 of “Inerrancy”, edited by Norman Geisler.   This book is a great book, chapters by various Evangelical scholars.

Jesus said to the Sadducees, “have you not read what was spoken to you by God . . . ?” (Matthew 22:31)  As James White of www.aomin.org has said many times about this text – “notice God speaking is when the text is read”  (my paraphrase from memory)  In other words, when we read the Bible, God speaks.

The same principle Jesus taught in Matthew 19:4-6, defending the nature of marriage, when He said, “Have you not read that He who created them from the beginning made them male and female . . .?”  – alluding to Genesis 1:1 “in the beginning” and “God created” and Genesis 1:27 (“male and female”) and Genesis 5:2 (“He created them male and female”) and then Jesus quoted Genesis 2:24 in Matthew 19:5, and then in Matthew 19:6 Jesus said, “So they are no longer two, but one flesh . . . ” – affirming the creator and the creation of gender binary – there are only 2 genders and 2 sexes – male and female, and marriage is only for one man and one woman.

Jesus affirmed Genesis as historical and God’s inspired words.

Jesus affirmed God the Father as Creator and the creation account of Genesis 1-2.

Jesus affirmed marriage as only between a man and a woman.  Therefore homosexual marriage (so called, “same sex marriage”) is wrong.  It is not even “marriage” at all.  The supreme court’s decision in 2015 (Obergefell vs. Hodges) was morally wrong.

Jesus affirmed creation and the goodness of creation – so the implication of Jesus’ words that by affirming the creator and the Genesis account, therefore, Darwin’s theory of Evolution is wrong.

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Analyzing Bart Ehrman’s “The Orthodox Corruption of Scripture”, by Dan Wallace

 

Dan Wallace’s book, “Revisiting the Corruption of the New Testament” 

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What is your only Comfort in life and Death?

This comfort and hope can only come to those who are born again (John 3:1-21; Ezekiel 36:26-27), to those who have understood they are sinners without hope apart from Christ, repented (Mark 1:15; Luke 24:47; Acts 2:28; 3:19; Acts 17:30-31; 26:18-20) and trusted Jesus Christ to save them from their sin, receiving Him (John 1:12) and all that He is and what He accomplished in the atonement (Mark 10:45; Romans 3:24-26), receiving Him as Lord (Romans 10:9-10; John 8:24) – the eternal Son of God (John 17:5), believing in Him (John 3:16-18; 20:30-31; John 5:24; John 11:25; Acts 10:43; 13:38-39; Romans chapters 3, 4, 5).
Question 1 of the
Question:  What is your only comfort
in life and death?
Answer:
That I am not my own, 1
but belong with body and soul,
both in life and in death, 2
to my faithful Saviour Jesus Christ. 3
He has fully paid for all my sins
with his precious blood, 4
and has set me free
from all the power of the devil. 5
He also preserves me in such a way 6
that without the will of my heavenly Father
not a hair can fall from my head; 7
indeed, all things must work together
for my salvation. 8
Therefore, by his Holy Spirit
he also assures me
of eternal life 9
and makes me heartily willing and ready
from now on to live for him. 10

 

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All Praise to Him . . . the Triune God

Study in the word of God and theology and apologetics must always be wrapped in worship, praise, singing, and the “one another” of the local church gathered.

“. . . but be filled with the Spirit . . . ” Ephesians 5:18

“. . . speaking to one another in Psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord . . . ”   Ephesians 5:19

3rd verse:

All praise to Him whose pow’r imparts
The love of God within our hearts
The Spirit of all truth and peace
The fount of joy and holiness
To Father, Son, and Spirit now
Our souls we lift, our wills we bow
To You, the triune God, we raise
With loving hearts our song of praise

“All Praise to Him” – Sovereign Grace Music

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An early date for the Gospel according to John

Dr. Dan Wallace makes an excellent case for an early date for the Gospel according to John – 60s before the destruction of the temple.   Be sure to read and study the entire introduction and outline that Dr. Wallace provides.  Very helpful for apologetics and defending this glorious gospel of Jesus Christ.

https://bible.org/seriespage/4-gospel-john-introduction-argument-outline#_ftnref24

 

2. AN EARLY DATE (60S)

There are a number of data which strongly suggest a date in the 60s, chief among them are the following.

(1) The destruction of Jerusalem is not mentioned. This fits extremely well with a date before 66 CE.

(2) The topographical accuracy of pre-70 Palestine argues that at least some of the material embedded in the gospel comes from before the Jewish War.

(3) There is much primitive terminology used in this gospel. E.g., Jesus’ followers are called “disciples” in John, not apostles.

(4) The conceptual and verbal parallels with Qumran argue strongly for an overtly Jewish document which fits well within the first century milieu.

(5) The date of P52 at c. 100-150, coupled with the date of Papyrus Egerton 2 at about the same time—a document which employed both John and the synoptics—is almost inconceivable if John is to be dated in the 90s.34

(6) John’s literary independence from and apparent lack of awareness of the synoptic gospels argue quite strongly for an early date. Indeed, this independence/ignorance argues that all the gospels were written within a relatively short period of time, with Matthew and Luke having the good fortune of seeing and using Mark in their composition.

(7) Finally, there is a strong piece of internal evidence for an early date. In John 5:2 the author says that “there is in Jerusalem, by the sheep-gate, a pool (the one called Bethesda in Hebrew) which has five porticoes.” Without discussing all the interpretations possible for this verse suffice it to say that (a) the verb “is” (ἐστινcannot be a historical present, and (b) the pool was destroyed in 70 CE.35 By far the most plausible conclusion is that this gospel was written before 70 CE.

In sum, we believe that a pre-70 date for the Fourth Gospel is the most probable one. Further, we believe that this gospel should be dated late in 65 or even in 66, for the following two reasons: (a) it is doubtful that it should be dated after 66, because otherwise the lack of an Olivet Discourse in which many of the prophecies were at that time coming true, is inexplicable; (b) the gospel should perhaps be dated after Peter’s death, as we shall see when we examine the purpose.

Dan Wallace

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As I walk through this dark forest

As I walk through this dark forest. On Triablogue

http://triablogue.blogspot.com/2018/08/as-i-walked-through-wilderness-of-this.html

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