by: Davis Goss
Today we are exposed to a barrage of stories and “studies” predicting that “the end of days” is at hand. This reflects the attitudes of many “scholars” who support their theories by referencing selected biblical references. They certainly have a right to their views but the bible is subject to as many interpretations as there are religious sects; each is influenced by their particular doctrinal teaching.
However, there is a common agreement that the Bible’s main theme is God’s absolute, all-inclusive, impersonal love and salvation for all mankind. If the bible is to be taken as the final authority, we must take God at His word.
“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth … and God saw everything that he had made, and, behold it was very good” (Genesis). He admonishes us to, “Fear ye not,…is there a God beside me? Yea, there is no God; I know not any” (Isaiah 44:8). An infinite, all-powerful God cannot contain any element for the destruction of its own creation. It is a logical impossibility.
What about all this talk about the “end of days” and mankind’s ultimate destruction? Certainly it could not have come from God.
The bible is the most scientific manual ever written and should be interpreted as such.
When we try to interpret and analyze the universe through the emotions and distorted
human intellect, our reasoning is flawed. To do so, we will have subordinated infinite intelligence to our own self-serving ignorance because we are admonished to, “stop trusting in man whose breath is in his nostrils, for what account is he?” (Isaiah 2:22)
“You cannot serve both God and mammon.” (Matthew 6:29). If we can but maintain a disciplined mindset, these man-made threats “shall not come nigh thee”. (Psalms 91:7). It is the law! (“A rule or principle that always works and is enforced by a governing authority”. Webster)
I am reasonably conversant in the bible’s structure and content and recognize it as a brilliantly written scientific manual. I am also trained to think for myself and, hopefully, am not influenced by the opinions of “experts” who would subvert the bible’s message of salvation and preach destruction.
I submit that the only “destruction” will be the destruction of man’s ignorance as he awakens to the scientific truths of God’s word. The “word” is interpreted by man as irrevocable, scientific natural laws and principles which Webster defines as, “the creative and controlling forces of the universe”.
“Come, let us reason together” (Isaiah 1: 18). Follow the logic. (LOGIC: “an orderly sequence or continuity of facts from which one can draw conclusions that are inevitable and predictable”. Webster)
Risking the reactions that come from Voltaire’s observation that “it is dangerous to be right in matters in which accepted authorities are wrong”, I respectfully urge that we recognize how the bible is in concert with scientific laws and principles. “Scientific” is defined by Webster as, “the knowledge or discovery of the operation of laws, principles and facts subject to proof without speculation or conjecture”. The bible, by its very definition and nature, is scientific.
Natural laws and principles have been in operation since before the bible was written and before man began interpreting his observations within the parameters of his limited intelligence. Logic demands that we accept the conclusion that neither the bible nor its scientific interpretation can include elements for their own destruction or “doomsday”. Man, you and I, “made in His image and likeness”, are the very embodiment and beneficiaries of these laws and principles which can no more contain elements for our destruction than God can contain the elements for Its self -destruction or than light can contain darkness.