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Has God Said?

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The question has a history. Before it was first asked, human experience was limited to a paradise of undisguised trust and innocence (Gen 2:25).

Then… from behind the mask of one of God’s own creatures, the hellishly subtle question was asked, “Has God said….?”

In the next few words, Genesis gives us a hint of how the boundary of trustworthiness was crossed, and lost (Gen 3:1).

To this day, some of us feel uncomfortable repeating those same words….

But has there ever been a more important question?

Who could count the consequences of not asking that question when faced with the misleading thoughts of misunderstood Scripture, fearful impressions, or the assurances of trusted friends who themselves may have misunderstood who “led them to think or say”— about “what God has said”.

This is no time to point the finger of blame. We have reason to be gentle and graciously patient with one another in such a difficult matter. It is understandable that we might be hesitant to find the courage to ask, “Has God said…?” when it comes to the way “inspired words” or “compelling coincidences” are interpreted, understood, and applied.

Yet every once in a while, it probably wouldn’t hurt to reflect on how  we talk about “the leading of God”—or with what thoughtfulness we interpret and apply the Scriptures breathed into existence by the Spirit of God. Between the covers of Genesis and Revelation we find, in addition to the words of the Lord, an inspired record of the confusion of people like Job and his friends, David in his grief, Abraham in his fear, and even in the mistakes of Moses (Num 20:11-12)… and the timely, yet incomplete thoughts of Paul (1Cor 13:12).

So, let’s try to put “has God said?” in perspective. If what was wrong with the question at first asking was the motive (intent to inspire doubts about the heart of God)  (Gen 3:1), what could be safer than to keep asking the same question… in a desire to not lose sight of the goodness, love, and trustworthiness of our Father in heaven.


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  1. SFDBWV says:

    This is a topic and subject we have tackled before and a good one to repeat, because people are creatures of habit and often have selected memory.

    I will begin with a short story; I had a friend who adamantly did not believe in life after death, but did consider himself a Christian Bible believer.

    He used one quote out of Ecclesiastes 9:5 “; but the dead know not anything…” to base his entire understanding of the matter of life after death.

    Even though I and others showed him many other Scripture quotes to the contrary he remained steadfast in his belief because of that one verse of Scripture.

    If only quoting God’s Words were as simple as we are, it would be easy, but God’s words are interconnected and purposely intended for us to search and seek Their meanings; hence our subject matter “Has God Said”.

    This can be fun to explore, but “shields up” as I said earlier people are creatures of habit and I feel a defensive posture is needed to have a constructive conversation.

    Steve

  • jeff1 says:

    Mart’s words, This is no time to point the finger of blame.
    We have reason to be gentle and graciously patient with one and other in such a difficult matter. What if that is where God wants us to be, if men cannot agree on God’s written word then they turn more to Him, depend on His spirit to lead. He will also become more tolerant and patient with his fellow believer who not only lacks the knowledge of the word but lacks the confidence in his own ability to interpretate it. For people like myself want to learn from those who sincerely interpretate God’s word not from those who do so to claim they are righteous. For having known those who do just that, I can see there is here a genuine understanding and desire to understand God’s word for the good of mankind which is what it should be and not for any individuals selfish gain i.e. to try to prove a point. I would hope if I did that then someone would point me the error of my ways.