The Unearthly Word of God


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Photo by Ross Findon on Unsplash

July 18, 2018

It is impossible to change the Word of God here on earth.

Some of you may not like seeing this statement. We have such smart, well-educated people now.

But, the Word of God is not rooted here. It is rooted in heaven.

Attempts to change, modernize, gender-neutralize, and make the Word more hip are silly. We think we are so wise, so we keep trying.

Here I do not reference the idea of having an understandable translation. One of the greatest blessings is to have the Word of God translated into the language of every day people. I do not know anyone who speaks Hebrew, Aramaic, or Greek regularly. I assume neither do you.

A current, readable, well-understood, accurate translation is one thing. Attempts to change the very word of God is something else.

Psalms 119:89-90

Lord, Your word is forever;
it is firmly fixed in heaven.
Your faithfulness is for all generations;
You established the earth, and it stands firm.

The Word is fixed in heaven. Not only that – it is just plain firmly fixed. We might as well try to adjust the sun! (Note for a possible future post: God established the earth, and it stands firm. Our frantically expressed fears seem to show we do not believe that.)

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Fluttering We Go, Photo by Randall Ruiz on Unsplash

  • Plenty of high sounding arguments and vain imaginations flutter through our culture. The word of God is fixed in heaven.
  • Philosophies come and philosophies go. The word of God is fixed in heaven.

We seem to like the fluid and transitory in many aspects of life. We like things to be new all the time. Get rid of that $900 iPhone, since it’s 18 months old. Get the latest and greatest.

Go for the trend. Discuss the latest idea. Check out today’s list of trending hashtags, seeking for that latest bit of wisdom that may last a day or two.

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The word of God is firmly fixed. Everything else is rootless.

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Do you think that is an overstatement? Can you tell me what is more important and more lasting then the word of God? Can you tell me what has deeper roots?

I believe our attempts to tweak the Word of God show the primacy, in our minds, of our own wills for our lives. We want to do what we want to do. One evidence of this trend is the increasing enthusiasm for establishing hate crimes. Often they are meant to keep people from speaking what is found in the Word of God.

Truth is a real thing. We ignore it or attempt to change it to our harm.

We cannot change the Word. It is settled in heaven, no matter what we do with physical copies on this planet.

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