Here are some of my last notes. I may do one more post with just a bit more depending on if I really want to type it.
Private revelations cannot generally be confirmed as divinely inspired. They may be supernaturally inspired, but how would we know if they are from God or from the devil, angels or demons? Most books of the Bible are not revelations received in a subjective, trancelike experience.The Gospels, for example, claim to be objective public truth. They bear courageous witness to the public events of Jesus' teaching, miracles, prophecies, crucifixion, resurrection, and ascension -- witnessed by five hundred people. The Gospel writers - "the evangelists" - challenged the interpretations of Jewish scholarship and a brutal Roman state. They opened themselves to cross-examination. Matthew, Mark, and John gave eyewitness accounts as evidence for their truth. Luke described how he systematically researched the facts, carefully checking them out with eyewitnesses. This is a very human, scholarly way of writing indeed! ...
Ill-informed critics assume that Christians believe the Bible because the Roman Catholic Church councils declared it was God's Word. The reality is that the Church believes the Bible because Jesus lived and died "in accordance to the scriptures." ...
[insert material about Jesus fulfilling Scripture and then an example from amoebas about how life and information transmission is related and reveals a God who speaks]
From the very beginning, the Hebrew Scriptures (the Old Testament) reveal a God who speaks: "And God said, 'Let there be light,' and there was light." Thus the Jewish worldview sees language as foundational to reality. We human beings speak because we are made in the image of a Spirit who said, "Let us make man in our image." Man became a "living soul" when God breathed his spirit ("breath") into a body of clay. Thus, human language has both spiritual and physical aspects.
The Bible teaches that God is love. Love includes communication. Both Old and New Testaments teach that God speaks to us because he loves us. He gave us the gift of language so we may know and love him and one another as his children. Love, Jesus taught, was the whole point of divine revelation, that is, communication. In the Judeo-Christian understanding, love and language are aspects not of chemistry but of our psyche or soul. Our chemistry is designed to facilitate love, knowledge, communication, and worship.
Have you ever had one of those timely things just happen to you? A book or sermon or song or note from a friend that spoke to exactly what you were struggling with? What do you think about love including communication? Other thoughts?