“MISSION IMPOSSIBLE …?”
Dear Reader, I am at a loss! I need help! Now it’s not often this happens to me, but am I confronted with an impossible task? After reading the following, if you think you can help me, indeed provide a way out, a solution, a remedy, no matter how small or insignificant, please write or email me care of ABM.
So here’s the thing. Am I to book a million dollar expensive flight off into space? Who could help me there? Mr Musk of Elon fame perhaps – he seems to be conquering the vast unknown. Hopefully he could shoot me out past Alpha Centauri, past the second heaven and all the countless galaxies, and into the 3rd heaven wherever that might be.
You see here’s my dilemma, I am told that God’s word is in heaven somewhere.
“For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven.” (Psalm 119:89)
Now who is telling me this? I’ll tell you – these are the saved, yes saved, believe it or not, Conservatives, Fundamentalists and Evangelicals of the last 170 years, those that are preachers, pastors, bishops, deacons, missionaries and so on.
Let me start at the beginning – I’m jumping the gun. Just at this stage, heaven seems to be my final court of appeal to find the scriptures. However, there are two stages in this process. I’ve just got so upset I’ve leaped to the second solution. Stay with me, I’m OK now, I’ve calmed down – I’ll start again.
First off, they are telling me they are clever enough to be able to correct The King James text with “THE Greek text” or “the ORIGINAL Greek text”.
Yes, these are they, who while claiming they believe The Holy Bible is the FINAL court of appeal in all matters of faith and conduct, also appeal to an unseen, unread, unheard of pile of lost papers, calling them “the original autographs”.
Now please excuse me Dear Reader, is this hypocrisy or what? Are they lying to me? Which cup is the pea under? Is it the King James text or some mythical writings? Do we have the Holy Bible, God’s final written authority to man, in our hands today or not?
Now here’s the second part of my dilemma. In the process of them, not being cornered by my concern, I am then told with all the gravity and sincerity of the Pope giving a discourse on salvation “Oh no, even though we don’t have a clue about these “originals”, and where we can find them, we are absolutely sure God’s word is forever settled in heaven. (Ps 119:89). Ah yes, it’s not available down here so you’d better try and access heaven to find God’s word!”
So Dear Reader, can you see my dilemma.
1. How can I get hold of “the originals”?
2. Which Greek text should I believe – there are over thirty of them and still counting, and none of them agree with each other?
3. How can I get up to heaven to access God’s word in heaven? Furthermore, if I got up there, it’s a big place, where would I go then?
So Dear Reader, I’m further confused by two more scriptures. You see God is telling me one thing, but these militant defenders of the faith once delivered are telling me another.
righteousness which is of faith speaketh
on this wise, Say not in thine heart, Who shall ascend into heaven?
is, to bring Christ down from above:) Or, Who shall descend into
(that is, to bring up Christ again from the dead.) But what saith it? The
word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the
faith, which we preach;” (Romans 10:6-8)
So I’m not to go into heaven and get God’s word!
“For the oppression of the poor, for the sighing of the needy, now will I arise, saith the LORD; I will set him in safety from him that puffeth at him. 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 12:5-7)
God has given us his purified, inerrant, infallible, inspired and perfect words here on earth.
Furthermore, Dear Reader, if Christ is the Word from heaven, and has come to earth, why would he leave his words in heaven where I can’t get at them? I’m desperate! Who do I believe?
Do they have any Space Travel Agents yet? Please let me know.