“THE ORIGINALS – are they only ‘was’, or can they be ‘is’ and ‘is to come’?”
While all true Christians would vehemently and solemnly ‘cross their heart and hope to die’ in asserting that Christ, the Word, “…which was, and is, and is to come…” (Rev 4:8), is inerrant (no error) across these three ages of the past, present and future, they would deny this about his words.
They would assert that the Bible in ‘the originals’ is perfect, infallible and inerrant, and indeed, ‘the futures’, should they come about, also be perfect, infallible and inerrant, however a big fat question mark hangs over ‘the present’ words, as the following table shows.
Are they calling God a liar when he writes The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever. Psalm 12:6-7
With the scripture Ah Lord GOD! behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for thee: Jeremiah 32:17, are they suggesting there are some things too hard for the Lord God Almighty? Apparently they are.
Blinded by the glasses of their own reasoning, they read the Psalm scripture as follows: The words of the LORD are pure words: …. Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever so far as they have been correctly translated.”
If Christ were to be tempted in the desert today, ‘the originals so far as they have been correctly translated’ crowd would be prompting him from the sidelines with “Pssst! Tell Satan ‘It was written …”
Truly they believe:
a. There is no final authority but God.
b. Since God is a Spirit, there is no final authority that can be seen, heard, read, felt or handled.
c. Since all books are material, there is no book on this earth that is the final and absolute authority on what is right and what is wrong: what constitutes truth and what constitutes error.
d. There once was a series of writings one time which, IF they had all been put into a BOOK as soon as they were written down the first time, WOULD HAVE constituted an infallible, inerrant and final authority by which to judge truth and error. However, this series of writings was lost, and the God who inspired them was unable to preserve their content.
e. Since there is NO ABSOLUTE AND FINAL WRITTEN AUTHORITY that anyone can read, teach, preach or handle, the whole thing is a matter of “PREFERENCE”. Everyone can prefer what they prefer,
I will prefer what I prefer and you can prefer what you prefer.
f. Let us therefore live in peace and if we cannot agree on anything or everything, let us all agree on one thing: THERE IS NO FINAL, ABSOLUTE, INERRANT, INFALLIBLE, WRITTEN AUTHORITY OF GOD ANYWHERE ON THIS EARTH.
Dear Reader, has the falling away become so grave, that God, the creator of the universe, the one who parted the Red Sea, could only preserve his words, in partnership with our help?