Pope and Pipes on Revelation
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Submitted by Don (United States), Jan 17, 2006 at 12:43Pipes glowingly quotes the pope's concept of revelation:
"…[T]he Holy Father, in his beautiful calm but clear way, said well, there's a fundamental problem with that [analysis] because, he said, in the Islamic tradition, God has given His word to Muhammad, but it's an eternal word. It's not Muhammad's word. It's there for eternity the way it is. There's no possibility of adapting it or interpreting it.
This basic difference, Pope Benedict continued, makes Islam unlike Christianity and Judaism. In the latter two religions, "God has worked through His creatures. And so, it is not just the word of God, it's the word of Isaiah, not just the word of God, but the word of Mark. He's used His human creatures, and inspired them to speak His word to the world." Jews and Christians "can take what's good" in their traditions and mold it."
This shows how little the pope... knows of God's revelation. God's true revelation, the Holy Bible, is eternal.
"Every day they wrest my words: all their thoughts [are] against me for evil." (Psalm 56.5)
"For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven." (Psalm 119.89)
"All scripture [is] given by inspiration of God, and [is] profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works." (II Tim 3.16, 17)
"...thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name." (Psalm 138.2)
"the scripture cannot be broken;" (John 10.35)
"But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. But the word of the Lord endureth for ever." (I Peter 1.25)
"That ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Saviour." (II Peter 3.2)
"As also in all [his] epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as [they do] also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction." (II Peter 3.16)
When the prophets and apostles spoke, "Thus saith the Lord..." it wasn't left to the hearer to "mold" or "adapt" the Word of God. It wasn't left to the wicked imaginations and evil hearts of man to construct his own, personally suitable, interpretation of God's Word. It is true God used His creatures to bring His Holy Word, but there is no portion of it's content that is, for example, Isaiah's that may in turn be altered and adapted according to the times. And the Bible speaks to different peoples at different times. Those are stated plainly, and yet the principles still apply to all.
The Bible, and the Bible alone, is God's Word. All of it. God's Word is a solid rock. A solid foundation that is settled forever. Those who "adapt," or "mold" the Sovereign King's the sure Word, those who wrest that firm foundation do so "unto their own destruction." Oh the pride and arrogance of the pope and Pipes to suggest such a path of destruction. Why do ye not tremble at God's Holy Word? Were you not blind, ye would repent and believe the true gospel unto the salvation of your souls. But no, alas, you reproach the Sovereign King, the Holy One, the Judge of all the Earth, and mock Him by "adapting," and "molding" what has proceeded forth from His Holy mouth. I shutter to think of the consequence of eternal Hell for all the mockers.
The pope's comment is a wonderful indication of the fallacy of Roman Catholicism and its departure from the Truth and its embrace of "Tradition" and the "living voice" of the Magisterium. This is pure evil. It adulterates the Holy Word of God. It is another religion, designed by men's minds, for the pleasure of men's hearts and in service to man himself. What the pope states and what Pipes affirms is not Christianity.
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