I have mentioned in other pages that there is an absolutely necessary, and, positive synergistic
effect in the combining of God's revelation in Nature and his revelation in Scripture.
It is just
like jury duty, physical evidence and testimonies shed light on each other.
I've had several
pastors say they were no good at math and science, so they went into he ministry.
THEY ARE DISQUALIFIED
FOR MINISTRY BECAUSE GOD IS REVEALED IN NATURE AND IN SCRIPTURE AND ONE MUST PUT BOTH TOGETHER JUST LIKE
The answer lies in understanding BOTH, TOGETHER.
THUS, THEY ARE UNQUALIFIED.
Psalm 19 is an excellent case in point, biblically speaking:
1The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.
2Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge.
3There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard.
4Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the
world. In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun,
is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, and rejoiceth as a strong man to run a race.
6His going forth is from the end of the heaven, and his circuit unto the ends of
it: and there is nothing hid from the heat thereof.
law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple.
8The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the
LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes.
fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether.
10More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also
than honey and the honeycomb.
by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward.
12Who can understand his errors? cleanse thou me from secret faults.
13Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion
over me: then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression.
14Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy
sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.
It is the COMBINED EFFECT
OF GOD'S TWO AVENUES OF REVELATION, NATURE AND SCRIPTURE, THAT PRODUCES THE CONSECRATED LIFE SEEN IN THE LAST VERSE,
14Let the words of my mouth, and the
meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.
It is the same as on Jury Duty. Jurors MUST put, BOTH, testimony, and evidence, TOGETHER, to reach a correct
God's truths are the SAME WAY! See my Jury Duty Approach page.
Psalm 19 is showing this, as do many other passages.
See my page God Answered Job -- God gave Job a four chapter lecture on the wonders of nature.
It has been my convinced observation in being around, talking to, and in doing bible study with many people, that
the overwhelming majority of people, automatically weasel word Scripture, to make it say what they want it to say.
It is uncanny -- they do this automatically, seemingly without realising they are doing it.
They have been taught by years in church or somewhere, to automatically "interpret" bible passages so as
to leave themselves comfortably, and unobligated in the outcome.
I believe the
religious "system" sets this example, effectively inbedding it.
is a terrible mistake. You will NOT grow much in Christ, if you do this.
We should do it as Jesus Christ's example teaches us. -- Take the Bible straight!
If that leaves us in sin -- we should confess it, and ask God to lead and empower us in his ways. See Walking in the Light.
We are NOT FOOLING GOD -- SO WHY TRY TO FOOL OURSELVES BY WEASEL WORDING the
THE LATE, GREAT, CREATION SCIENTIST, DR. HENRY MORRIS SAID,
"THE BEST 'INTERPRETATION' IS NO INTERPRETATION." Just read it.
THAT IS -- JUST TAKE IT THE WAY IT SAYS! It means what it says!
The example I used earlier, regarding Christ being Son and Lord to King David -- Christ would not have let them get
away with weasel wording.
One last topic -- I have covered Romans chapter
one at other pages, but let me repeat. See The Creation Approach - Take Christ's Message to the Unchurched.
In Romans 1:15-25, below, we see that God's witness
in Creation is STEP ONE in Paul's presentation of the Gospel -- and should be in ours, too.
The world stands guilty before God on the witness of Nature ALONE! (v 19-20.)
THIS IS STEP ONE.
Beginning late in Romans chapter
3, Paul begins to bring the Good News of the Savior Jesus Christ, who has come to take away our sins.
WE need to place full faith in him.
as much as in me is, I am ready to preach the gospel to you that are at Rome also.
16For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation
to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.
17For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just
shall live by faith.
18For the wrath of
God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;
19Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed
it unto them.
20For the invisible
things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal
power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and
their foolish heart was darkened.
themselves to be wise, they became fools,
changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts,
and creeping things.
24Wherefore God also
gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:
25Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more
than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
This passage shows that
God's first and primary interface with humans is Nature!
I include here the terrific
(JFB) commentary on this passage. It is quite good.
NOTE: JFB is my favorite
commentary, but I disagree with their view of "oldest and best" bible manuscripts. I believe the Traditional
Greek Text underlying the King James Bible, is THE BEST!
as much as in me is, I am ready to preach the gospel to you that are at Rome also—He feels himself under an all-subduing
obligation to carry the gospel to all classes of mankind, as adapted to and ordained equally for all (1Co 9:16).