Tuesday, May 20, 2008

The total truthfulness of God's speech

Has E. J. Young got it right?
God has spoken to us in order that we may know what He would have us do: through the medium of words He has revealed His will.

Whatever Word He has uttered, since it has come from His mouth, is true and trustworthy. 'The words of the Lord are pure words', the Psalmist declares, 'as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.' What has been spoken by God, who cannot lie, must be pure and true altogether. Every word which proceedeth from the mouth of the heavenly Father must in the very nature of the case be absolutely free from error. If this is not so, God Himself is not trustworthy.

If, therefore, the Scriptures are the Word of God, breathed out by Him, it follows that they, too, are absolutely true and infallible.
E. J. Young, Thy Word is Truth, p. 40
Can Holy Scripture contain error? Can the 'oracles' of God be tinged with falsehood? The question which we are facing is, in reality, whether God Himself is pure and free from error. And if God Himself is truth, no word which has proceeded from His mouth can possibly be anything other than the absolute truth.
Ibid., p. 49

1 comment:

Augustinian Successor said...

Amen. To know the truth is to know the thoughts of God Himself, principally as the Father, and the Son Who is the Only-Begotten and the Holy Spirit Who proceeds.

Therefore, the Bible is not just a symbol. It is truth itself. The Bible contains, mediates and proclaims the very divine thoughts.

Indeed the Bible is eschatological since it is DIVINE Word, i.e. an alien word from above. Hence, truth is not discovered or engineered but revealed.

Just as we are justified by faith alone, we are enlightened by faith alone.