Sunday, December 14, 2014

Quoque Scriptura

"Also Scripture"

It is false to think that any of us truly adhere to "Scripture Alone". Even as we read Scripture our own interpretation mingles with it, and we get a conglomeration of text and additions.

There is no such thing as Scripture alone. Nor would we really want to exist or know God by Scripture alone. Even the Scriptures testify that God can be seen and known by what we see in creation. All of creation "testifies". And so we learn much about God and His goodness from creation itself. Nature testifies, as well as our own consciences which either accuse or defend us.

The Hebrew Scriptures foretell of a time when God's Law would no longer be something we read about on a piece of parchment, but would be inscribed upon our hearts. Jesus came teaching, never himself creating a written record. Instead, he declares that he is sending the Holy Spirit who will bring to our remembrance all he has taught and will convict the world of sin. But we've traded all these other guides for the one guide of the written Law which is misinterpreted again and again, ultimately leading us to follow the teachings of men rather than the direction of the Spirit and heart.

 It is not "Sola Scriptura" but "Quoque Scriptura" {Also Scripture}. Scripture is one of the ways God reveals Himself to us, but itself declares it is not the only way.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Monday, February 24, 2014

Learning a New Language

As i work through the first quarter of Genesis, a thought occurs to me. i see altars being made for sacrifices. Noah makes one and Abraham makes one. Yet there is no "Law" yet. The altars and the practice of sacrifices seems to come from other religions. Cain and Abel make offerings to God, but not on altars. Even this seems to be learned from somewhere else, as God does not seem to require it. Yet he receives it.

I love the way God meets us where we're at. We speak to him in ways we understand, even though it is not 'his' language. It is the language created and learned within our respective cultures. Yet he uses this language with us and allows us to communicate with him through it. He accepts altars and sacrifices and later he will use this language to communicate to us a New Language.

Yet he declares he does not need our sacrifices. They do not feed him. Still, he uses this language like an artist in order to paint a divine picture for us. The language of sacrifice will be used to speak to us of the Christ and to explain the meaning of his life and death.

i don't think sacrifices were ever needed. i tend to think they were our creation rather than God's. In fact, in one place God declares he would rather us practice mercy than make sacrifice. Yet, he adopts our language and uses it to give us direction:

He speaks our language, so that we can learn to speak His.