Many people argue that they see the cup half full, as opposed to half empty. Other slogans like, draw outside of the box, or why be normal. When in reality, most people when it really counts, see the cup half empty. Staying well inside the box, hoping to shrink its dimensions. Acting like a turtle retreating inside its shell because being inside creates an atmosphere of comfort. Defined as being normal. That other stuff puts you outside of the shell and at risk. So, in the end, most condemn the boldness of those who say,”why be normal.” Because they put themselves, and “us” at risk.
All because some have difficulty seeing the Gospels of Mary and Thomas as having the same credibility as the other Gospels. And I respond by, asking why not? Because it is written, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness. That the people of God may be thoroughly furnished unto all good works,” 2 Timothy 3:16-17. Why limit yourself to what King James canonized as authoritative and inerrant scriptures?
Arguing for the stability of civilization, people must draw or live within the box. Voicing such opinions seeing it any other way is abnormal and counter productive.
One of the my favorite notions for such arguments is that God put certain people in place for determining how one should look at the contents in the glass. Clearly directing these gifted ones to determine the extent of freedom only within the box. And their determination, of normality is their God given gift. Why limit yourself to what King James canonized as the authoritative and inerrant scriptures? Because his collection of sixty six books constituting the Bible have determined the churches belief system thus confining the church within the perimeter of a controlling box.
All of which this padre considers nonsense. Because it limits imagination and creativity. Mandating the acceptance of a predetermined society by selected power brokers.
It is argued by some that the Bible in itself is of questionable authority. They point to the fact that we do not have in our possession the original text. What we have is one translation after another provided to us by ordinary people. Although these people were considered distinguished scholars and translators.
People with personal agendas. And people connected to power, who also had their reasons for wanting particular translations to favor particular reasoning. When it comes to reasoning, power always wins. Especially when the outcome is of great importance to the power structure or ruling class.
When King James of England, commissioned the Bible to be translated from its “original languages” into English. It was not from the “original languages” of the Hebrew and Greek. By the time of 1611, enough manipulations had taken place favored by the ruling powers; that the Bible was already suspect of being reliable.
Biblical historians report that King James brought together impressive scholars with the very best of interpretative and translation skills. Four hundred years later the task was finally accomplished. Giving the world the Kings James version of God’s dealings with humanity with its accompanying decrees. Excluding much that was written and said about God, and how God expressed himself through Old and New Testaments periods. Leaving no consideration for what is recorded in the Gospels of Mary, Thomas and books like Enoch and many other writings.
Knowing what we all know about human character. Skeptics point that it is not possible that the world has a pure translation from the original languages in the King James Bible.
Some might wonder just what does that means for the body of believers who make up the Church of Jesus Christ? With many being firm believers, in the teachings of Jesus Christ. Who only see the connections between Old and New Testaments. It means the fulfillment of some intriguing occurrences in history. Events able to occur despite any power plays caused by manipulations of biblical texts down through the centuries. And with enough authority to silence the critics and skeptics concerning the authenticity of the Bible.
The founding of the Jewish state in 1948. That singular event resulted in the fulfillment of two Biblical prophecies. It is written in Jeremiah 23:3, “And I will gather the remnant of my flock out of all countries to which I have driven them, and will bring them back again to their folds; and they shall be fruitful and increase.” Then in Isaiah 41:18, this text appears, “I will open the rivers in high places and fountains in the midst of the valleys; I will make the wilderness a pool of water, and the dry land springs of water.” This is often referred to as the “flowering of Israel.” From the barren and dry lands of the desert, Israel was able to produce a world class economy. This from lands inhabited by Arabs, who could not produce a sustainable economy let alone a world class economy.
Even beyond that though, is the personal life transforming experiences which led to many conversions to Christ. While some might argue, that religious experiences are based on emotional experiences at the the time of the occurrence. And that such religious experiences, have no sustainable proof. To that we say, “the just shall live by faith,” Romans 1:17. The believers faith is predicated upon, “… the gospel of Christ; for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believes …,” Romans 1:16. For Jesus himself declared, “… your faith has saved you; go in peace. Then God pronounces this benediction upon believers as his final words to believers, “The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all, Amen, Revelation 22:21.
All this despite power grabs and manipulative interpretations that might have occurred as a result of 400 hundred years of translation. But the prophecies of Jeremiah 23:3 and Isaiah 41:18, fulfilled in our lifetime. Equally important are the converted believers in Christ, who make up the body of Christ. All this should serve as powerful indicators for the believability of the Bible.
The point being that the King James version of God’s voice is a marvelous gift to humanity. But for ones own spiritual growth, much remains to be read and practiced from Mary’ and Thomas’ Gospels and many other documents overlooked. Because some argue they were not canonized by men, who determined the authenticity of God’s voice to humanity. Who perhaps did not want to empower women. Certainly a historical quest of Christianity has been to keep woman in their rightful place, in the home, and absent professional careers. Thus robing the world of gifted women to advance the cause of Christ. One thing that is learned from Mary’s gospel is that she kept the disciples together after Christ was crucified.
When it comes to your spiritual growth, the glass must be half full. Put ones self in a position to think and act outside of the box. To do so, you can not be normal. At least not by the standards of Christ. So, in the end, we mimic the Christ example and not that of the turtle.
There is much more to the authenticity and believability of the Bible then this posting covered. John had this to say about the matter. “And there are also many other things Jesus did, when if they were written one by one, I suppose that the world itself could not contain the books that would be written,” John 21:25.
He who testifies to these things says, surely, I come quickly, Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all, Amen, Revelation 22:20-21.