Sunday, August 01, 2010

Combining the Secular & the Sacred

Sam continues to comment on Lambert Dolphin’s article, “Made in the Image of God.” See Sam’s initial article, Is God & was Adam androgynous?.”

Lambert Dolphin is willing to combine the secular with the sacred as expressed in, “Made in the Image of God”. He writes:

The moment we introduce the terms “conscious” and “unconscious” into our modeling approach, we immediately draw into the discussion one or more schools of psychological thought. Since these prevailing schools derive from secular models for the most part, we want to stress once more that our desire is to create a reasonable model in order to better see ourselves. There are a number of Christian teachers today who object to all psychological models and insist that we rely oN the Bible alone for our understanding of reality. We disagree with that viewpoint. As long as the Bible sits in judgment over the knowledge we acquire from observation and secular sources, we can expect to be on a sound track.

The secular is without God, godless. So, how can that which is without God be combined with that which is of God. Isn’t everything then made godless. God speaks of this in Jeremiah 23:28:

The prophet that hath a dream, let him tell a dream; and he that hath my word, let him speak my word faithfully. What is the chaff to the wheat? Saith the LORD.
Chaff is removed from the wheat and discarded as non beneficial so also that which is secular is also worthless.

Observation is different than secular. “It is truth and all truth is God’s truth,” A quote from my Theology professor. Observation for instruction is used by God in the Bible. An example is in Jeremiah 35:12-19.

“Then came the word of the LORD unto Jeremiah, saying, “Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Go and tell the men of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, Will ye not receive instruction to hearken to my words? saith the LORD.”
Jeremiah 35:14,15
“The words of Jonadab the son of Rechab, that he commanded his sons not to drink wine, are performed; for unto this day they drink none, but obey their father's commandment: notwithstanding I have spoken unto you, rising early and speaking; but ye hearkened not unto me. I have sent also unto you all my servants the prophets, rising up early and sending them, saying, Return ye now every man from his evil way, and amend your doings, and go not after other gods to serve them, and ye shall dwell in the land which I have given to you and to your fathers: but ye have not inclined your ear, nor hearkened unto me.”
Jeremiah 35:16,17
“Because the sons of Jonadab the son of Rechab have performed the commandment of their father, which he commanded them; but this people hath not hearkened unto me: Therefore thus saith the LORD God of hosts, the God of Israel; Behold, I will bring upon Judah and upon all the inhabitants of Jerusalem all the evil that I have pronounced against them: because I have spoken unto them, but they have not heard; and I have called unto them, but they have not answered.”
Jeremiah 35:18,19
“And Jeremiah said unto the house of the Rechabites, Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Because ye have obeyed the commandment of Jonadab your father, and kept all his precepts, and done according unto all that he hath commanded you: Therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Jonadab the son of Rechab shall not want a man to stand before me forever.”

Observation is good but it must be correctly interpreted. Judah failed to correctly interpret what God was saying and was destroyed.
The word of God, the Bible, is able to stand on its own, for it is forever settled in heaven.

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