Fact a Day: June 12th - Ankerberg Theological Research Institute, John Ankerberg Show

Fact a Day: June 12th

The Facts on the False Views of Jesus (Harvest House, 1997) p. 33

 

Is higher critical methodology necessarily opposed to God and His Word?

 

When it comes to issues of divine revelation and salvation, man—and especially critics, with Job, must remain silent because it is God who speaks. Like Moses, they must take the shoes off their feet for they stand on holy ground. With Isaiah they must confess, “Woe to me…because I am a man of unclean lips” (6:5). We are, after all, speaking of the gracious revelation of an infinite God whose holiness is fearful. For sinners to stand in judgment on God’s holy Word makes about as much sense as a dying patient standing before a world-class surgeon and criticizing his surgical competence. Although the surgeon has proven his expertise, the patient refuses to believe it. Even though his very life is at stake, he denies the surgeon the right to perform the surgery that would save him. How much more foolish is it for us, as sinners facing an eternal death, to sit in judgment upon the one who has so freely offered us the surgery of salvation? When higher critics attack Scripture, it is not only Scripture they attack. They attack the God who gave it to us and His Son—for He was the Word who became flesh: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God….The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us” (John 1:1,14). Jesus was so clearly the personal revelation of God that He may be called the Word of God. To attack the Word of God is to attack God in more direct manner than is usually realized.

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