Thursday, August 18, 2011

The Word of God – What is it? (Part 1)


Most Christians will instinctively say that the Holy Bible IS the Word of God. This is, of course, quite correct, but my general impression is that we (and this includes myself) do not fully comprehend the awesome mystery, incredible power, and the whole and absolute meaning thereof. It must surely be a concept that runs far deeper, far higher, and far wider than we can ever imagine.

I’ve been having quite a few discussions on this topic lately, with various intelligent folk from diverse backgrounds, and with people who have subscribed to various religious and political views, often in total opposition to mine. I learned quite a lot from these discussions – among other things, that people prefer to follow the mainstream worldview as it makes their lives much easier and less complicated - or so they think!  Most people I’ve spoken to either have doubts about the authenticity of Jesus Christ, or out-rightly do not believe in the teachings of Jesus Christ at all.

Yet - oddly enough, the majority of folk acknowledge that an evil entity of some sort exists, but do not believe that this evil entity can be God’s adversary. Their arguments are always on the same lines: - that if the God spoken of in the Bible was so powerful and almighty, why is He allowing this evil, and why hasn’t He defeated it yet!  In this regard I’ve often sensed an extreme rage of anger towards God in some folk, and if you push them too far the chances are good that you’ll become their punching bag.

The Holy Bible provides plenty of descriptions related to this astounding mystery, but yet doubters and disbelievers will still argue that the text in the Bible cannot be “Holy” and that it is merely the opinions of mortal men, and not God – the Creator of this amazing Universe. They scoff at the idea that the text in the Bible is the inspired “Word of God”, and that the men who wrote it were guided by the Holy Spirit (Spirit of God). It would thus be pointless to refer these folk to anything written in the Holy Scriptures, for example, the words of Timothy, who said: “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:” (II Tim 3:16).

Quite frankly I’ve had quite enough of being at loggerheads with foolish folk who cling to the irrational arguments of the godless worldview. Although I have, on the spur of the moment, admitted to some people that the Holy Bible cannot be the whole and complete “Word of God”, and that it represents a mere tiny fraction of God’s Wisdom, so small that it can comfortably fit inside one of my jacket pockets, I have, since then, regretted making this admission.

The brilliance of God’s invincible wisdom only dawned on me much later when I forced my mind to ponder why the Bible comes in such a convenient size, and why did it not come to us in volumes and volumes of text – like a set of encyclopaedias? Reading through a set of encyclopaedias from “A” to “Z” may make some of us look and sound very clever when we speak or write, but it will most definitely NOT bring us any closer to discovering what the “Word of God” is.

Maybe this tiny fraction of God’s Wisdom, in its pleasant compact form, is all we need in our current age. Just imagine how our Russian brothers and sisters would have struggled to cart around a whole set of heavy books, while they were being persecuted by the murdering communists! No my dear friends, we will be absolute fools to ignore the text in our Bibles, and we will be downright foolish if we add or subtract anything from its contents.

The astronomer, Carl Sagan, estimated that writing a googolplex in numerals (i.e., "10,000,000,000...") would be physically impossible, since doing so would require more space than the known universe provides - (Source). The size of our known universe completely boggles our minds, and we have no idea how vast the unknown is. Let’s thus be thankful that our Bibles are small and light enough to carry around, and compact enough to only take up less than 1MB’s of memory on our computers!

There are numerous references to the Word (and word) of God in our Bibles. In our search for what it is, and for purposes of this posting we will only examine a select few, but I encourage readers to study their Bibles in-depth, in a mood of peace and calm contentment, in an atmosphere where there are no distractions.

Please note that the Greek term “Logos”, which can mean "a ground", "a plea", "an opinion", "an expectation", "word," "speech," "account," or "reason," is not going to be a subject of this posting. Readers can read more about this term on Wikipedia.

The Christian concept of the Logos is derived from the first chapter of the Gospel of John, where the Logos (often translated as “Word”) is described in terms that resemble, but likely surpass, the ideas of Philo. - Source: Harris, Stephen L., Understanding the Bible. Palo Alto: Mayfield. 1985. "John" p. 302–310.

This posting will also not be going into the finer details of why we often see a capital letter “W” used in biblical text, while in other biblical text a small letter “w” is used. The obvious conclusion is that “Word” with a capital “W” signifies a higher distinction and importance than the one with the lowercase “w”.

The Book of John explicitly identifies the Logos with Jesus, but as we shall see later (in Part 2), so does the Book of Revelation – in extremely vividly clear and brilliant terms!

As Christians we understand that this concept often refers to the Holy Trinity, in other words - with God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit being three aspects of the same ONE entity. It’s really not a difficult concept to grasp, not if we see our own roles in society as a complex trinity -  being a husband (or wife), a father (or mother) to our kids, and if those roles are not enough, a third role as an employee of a firm, or manager of your own.

When you thus see the term “Word” in many parts of the scriptures, see it in the context of the Holy Trinity. These three - Jesus, God, and the Holy Spirit, were present when this Universe came into existence, as John tried to explain:

GOD AND THE HOLY SPIRIT:

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. (John 1:5)

JESUS CHRIST:

And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. (John 1:14)

I can well imagine what would have happened if Jesus simply proclaimed to the crowds he was preaching to, “Hello everyone, now listen here… I AM GOD okay, so listen carefully!” No, Jesus had to often speak in parables to get the message across. When his disciples once asked him about the Parable of the Sower, Jesus answered: “Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables: That seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest at any time they should be converted, and their sins should be forgiven them. (Mark 4: 10-12)

PARABLE OF THE SOWER

The Parable of the Sower is one of the parables of Jesus found in Mark 4:1-20, Matthew 13:1-23, and Luke 8:1-15. It can also be found in the non-canonical Gospel of Thomas.

I shall quote the text from Luke.

Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. – (Luke 8:11)

(Jesus was broadcasting the word of God among the people, with the full knowledge that the devil was on the prowl, and with the full knowledge that the end outcome of the words he was broadcasting were going to produce at least four different results.)

A sower went out to sow his seed: and as he sowed, some fell by the way side; and it was trodden down, and the fowls of the air devoured it. And some fell upon a rock; and as soon as it was sprung up, it withered away, because it lacked moisture. And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprang up with it, and choked it.  And other fell on good ground, and sprang up, and bare fruit an hundredfold. And when he had said these things, he cried, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear. – (Luke 8: 5-8)

Jesus explains the meaning of the parable:

11 Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.
12 Those by the way side are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved. (One result)
13 They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away. (2nd result)
14 And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection. (3rd result)
15 But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience. (4th result)
16 No man, when he hath lighted a candle, covereth it with a vessel, or putteth it under a bed; but setteth it on a candlestick, that they which enter in may see the light.
17 For nothing is secret, that shall not be made manifest; neither any thing hid, that shall not be known and come abroad. – (Luke 8: 11-17)

For most of us the above parable is reasonably straightforward, but if the Gospel of Jesus Christ is not continuously preached to the children of this world its true meaning could easily be lost. A growing number of today’s children believe that milk is produced by a supermarket and not a cow. Most modern-day city kids do not have the foggiest notion of where the food, that keeps them alive and healthy, comes from.

It is thus vital that the Parable of the Sower be told to them often, while also teaching them how the farmers (sowers) planted (sowed) their crops in the days that this scripture was written, as it’s still being done in some parts of the world. The seeds were scattered by hand, and is called "broadcasting seed".

Some of the "broadcasted" seed landed on rocks, some landed among thick weed beds, and some landed in the open and were exposed to birds, who ate the seeds before they could sprout, take root, and mature into a crop that can be harvested.

The deeper meaning of the parable applies to people learning about the Word of God – food for the soul! The seed is the true word of God, the field is the world, and the sower is someone telling an unbeliever about God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit.

DO NOT MESS WITH THE WORD OF GOD!

For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12)



 

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Taken in part from an article by Michael James

True wisdom comes in realising that the more you know, the less you understand.
When Satan placed Jesus upon the uppermost peak of all that bore within his view the grand vista of humankind, he was offered dominion over all that he saw.
And yet, Jesus Christ, being God Almighty, and He who imbued us with the Liberty of Free Will, declined to bow before the Prince of the Jews. He who created us, was condemned to death because he refused to let his people, the Ancestral Europeans who had settled Galilee long before the emergence of the Great Pretenders, submit themselves to the slavery of a demonic, Satanic and Zionist New World Order.

I desist from arguing scripture against scripture; for anyone, no matter their religion, can find within their 'holy' texts all manner of justification to assert themselves even as 'righteous murderers' against those they regard as the 'Goyim', 'backsliders' or 'Infidels'.

I have seen the faces of babies, born after much kicking and screaming, rest peacefully in their cots with the beatific expression upon their gentle features of those who came here with the serene imprint of the love and compassion bestowed upon them by their True Father. They were born in the Face of God, and within them resides more wisdom than everything unlearned by the progression of age. For the Wisest among us is yet a child.

No 'holy' book, whether the Babylonian Old Testament, the Torah, the Koran, the Satanic Talmud, the Communist Manifesto, the Cabala, the Book of Thoth, the Protocols of Zion, the Lisbon Treaty or anything emanating from the evil imaginings of corrupted and intellectually arrogant and spiritually sick men, can ever compensate for the knowledge with which we were all born, and which is then systematically destroyed by means of a demonic process of 're-education' in a Satanic, anti-human New World Order.

Jesus Christ, who was viciously slaughtered by non-Semitic, anti-Israelite Edomite Jews at the behest of officiously brutal Roman imperialists, and who rose from the grave to bequest upon all those whom he had fashioned from the beginning of time from within the creative heart of an unconditional Love that transcends all human understanding, is, was, and always will be God Almighty.
Whether or not you believe in the omnipresent power of Jesus Christ, who shall forever remain the human-loving enemy of the evil Usurper, the fictional Prince of the Jews is almost irrelevant.

For He believes in you.

Buck

Anonymous said...

Hi TIA

What does the statement below mean?

That seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest at any time they should be converted, and their sins should be forgiven them. (Mark 4: 10-12)

It almost seems here that Jesus doesn't want the ordinary people to learn the truth of His teaching?

Tia Mysoa said...

@ Anon

Remember that Jesus was ALONE with His disciples when these words were spoken. When Jesus spoke to the crowds He spoke in parables, but He did not speak these words (Mark 4 10-12) to the crowds, but IN PRIVATE with His disciples, who did not fully understand the parable of the sower… so He explained it to them IN PRIVATE.

Mark 4 10-12…
10 And when he was alone, they that were about him with the twelve asked of him the parable.
11 And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables:
12 That seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest at any time they should be converted, and their sins should be forgiven them.

In verse 12, Jesus was quoting from Isaiah 6: 9-10 (look it up). This is the Spirit of slumber spoken of in Romans 11: 7-8. In other words, people who due to their ignorance, semi-trance state of mind (slumber) or whatever you want to call it, are not fully alert to the evil deeds of the antichrist (satan)…. They see, but do not perceive. They hear, but do not understand. The Spirit of slumber is a form of God’s protection for the weak and powerless… (it not an easy concept to explain).

Don’t forget – the enemy was in the room (so to speak) when Jesus was speaking to the crowds. He was thus being extremely discreet. It was only when He was alone with His disciples that He could reveal all.

May I suggest you read the entire in-depth explanation of “The Parable Of The Sower” provided by biblestudysite.com. The direct link is: http://www.biblestudysite.com/sower.htm

God Bless, and thanks for visiting this blog!

Anonymous said...

@ Anonymous
Maybe this will help you understand God’s Word a little better.
The Answer you’re searching takes a lot of explaining and references from the Bible… maybe Tia would like to dedicate an article on this subject.
The Lord our GOD said in his Word…
I Quote

"Behold, the days are coming," says the
Lord GOD, "That I will send a famine on the
land, Not a famine of bread, Nor a thirst for
water, But of hearing the words of the LORD.
They shall wander from sea to sea, And from
north to east; they shall run to and fro, seeking the
word of the LORD, But shall not find it. "In that day
the fair virgins and strong young men shall faint
from thirst.”
Amos 8:9-13

Buck

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