Ancient Scripture and Our Experience of God

I suppose where I’m going with all this nature-of-Scripture talk is twofold. On the one hand, we should not expect a “perfect” set of documents, even though these texts are divine. On the other hand, the Bible’s human aspect neither makes it “corrupted.”

Let’s approach this today from a contemporary perspective. In our church community we regularly train believers in prophetic ministry. Whatever your own thoughts on modern day prophecy, we believe that God loves to speak to His children and we don’t mind sharing what we’ve “heard” or “seen” with others. We do, however, preach caution.

We find that there are plenty of times in which well meaning believers “hear” something that is not from the Lord. And that’s OK. Every word ought to be tested anyway.

Other times we “hear” something that is genuinely from God and yet we interpret its meaning incorrectly. I don’t know a Christian alive who hasn’t gotten something straight from the Lord, so to speak, and mis-applied it. They heard right, but they thought it meant something other than it did. And that’s OK. God can handle our mistakes.

Is there something inherently different about the way God had communicated with the writers of Scripture in their own days?

Perhaps. But perhaps what we regard as different about Scripture is in the meaning we’ve invested in the word “inspired” or the expression “God breathed” (2 Tim 3:16). And perhaps (perhaps) we’ve put too much weight on those expressions.

What do you think? Can we retain the value of Scripture even with its very human qualities?


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