Sunday, 30 April 2017

Skeptic and the 'word of God'

Skeptic :  "I could write something down and say, this is from God- it doesn’t mean that it really is. Is there any proof that 'Holy Bible' is the inspired word of God?"

Faithful : The Sacred scripture is the living word ,inspired by God. The men who were instrumental in writing this word were under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the wisdom that has come from above. The scripture says," the wisdom that comes down from above is essentially something pure; it is also Peaceable, kindly and Considerate; it is full of Mercy and shows itself by doing good; nor is there any trace of partiality or hypocrisy in it." [ james3:17]. Christ says," ‘It is the spirit that gives life, the flesh has nothing to offer. The words I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life." [John6: 63]. The written word of God has life giving Spirit. It has Divine quality. The sacred scripture says," so it is with the word that goes from my mouth: it will not return to me unfulfilled or before having carried out my good pleasure and having achieved what it was sent to do." [ Isaiah 55: 11 ]

The word of God gives us the Grace and strength  and compels us in doing Good. It makes the 'will of God'- it's rule, and HIS Glory- its end.

The word born of human reasoning lacks God's Spirit. It's aim is personal victory rather than the triumph of the 'Truth'. This is truly a false wisdom. The Sacred scripture says," But if at heart you have the bitterness of jealousy, or selfish ambition, do not be boastful or hide the 'Truth' with lies; this is not the wisdom that comes from above, but earthly, human and devilish." [James 3:14-15 ] and the effect that it produces is disharmony and wickedness of every kind.

If the above refutation seems to be insufficient to the unbeliever, then St. Thomas Aquinas says,"  If our opponent believes nothing of Divine revelation, there is no longer any means of proving the articles of Faith by reasoning, but only of answering his objections---if he has any---against Faith." [  Saint Thomas Aquinas Summa Theologica I (7).]