Tuesday, January 15, 2008

We All Error In Bible Interpretation, But . . .

Quoting William Plumer . . .

The knowledge of God possessed by angels and by the spirits of just men made perfect in heaven, is very different in degree from that possessed by even good and able men on earth. Here all men are liable to err, and all men do err. No man on this earth is without some wrong view, or some ignorance, which mars his knowledge. This is no reason for sloth or discouragement; but is a good reason why we should be humble and careful and teachable, and pray for divine light and guidance. It is far different in heaven. There they do always hold the face of God. Matthew 18:10. They do not hope for anything, for they already possess all good. Romans 8:24. "Now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part, but then shall I know even as also I am known." 1 Corinthians 13:12. Knowledge without any mixture of error belongs only to the heavenly state. And yet a great part of the knowledge which the inhabitants of heaven have - concerns the very things which good men are learning in this world. Those above know perfectly what we know in parcels only.


Theology For The People (Year 1875)

Many Emergents would probably 'amen' the above post, except for the part highlighted in yellow. For that section of Plumer's book, they would probably prefer it to be replaced with something like this:

"This is the reason we must embrace mystery, and try not to be so arrogant as to think that any of us has the truth cornered."

William Plumer on the other hand, was a theologian who believed (as most did in those days) that the truth could be known and understood, and if you thoroughly studied your bible, and you earnestly prayed for it, the Holy Spirit just might give it to you.

Do today's Emergents have any great bible expositors or systematic theologians among them? Do they have anyone who values their bible as though it were a treasure to be studied and guarded?

Posted by: Jim B

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