An Answer to The Crypto Attack of “Higher Criticism” Against the Bible
January 24, 2013 in Politics
THE ORIGIN OF HIGHER CRITICISM
From Renaissance humanism to the arrogance of German scholarship, to the era of the Enlightenment of European Diesm, a common thread seems to be continually evident throughout, namely, the committed, comprehensive attack on the Bible as the holy, infallible, inerrant, and inspired Word of God. In contemplating the issue of “origins” of attack on the Bible, I can’t help but to think of that original enemy of God’s Word, that chief of liars who with his subtlety intending to be the beginning of his assault said, “Hath God indeed said You shall not eat of every tree of the garden?” – Genesis 3:1. His fully unveiled and direct contradiction to the instructions given to Eve, the first woman, later when he says, “Ye shall not surely die.” – Gen 3:4, leaves no doubt in my mind as to the origins of any attack on the Bible, as the authoritative Word of God.
The affects of such intellectual rebellion extend to every aspect of society, and much to the shame and disadvantage of the modern Christian church due to her theology of retreat and her application of it via the abdication of contending for the Faith in many significant ways. Church in America has primarily become a social feel good club which seeks to take its cues from the world whereby she is in effect, being discipled by it, rather than being regularly conditioned and equipped in applying the marching orders of her Commander in Chief in the discipling of the nations for Him. This isn’t to say that there aren’t any good things going on with God’s people at the local church. Indeed there are many programs implemented for the evangelizing of communities, and all of the activities typically associated with outreach efforts of the modern church witness. Yet, the “Pressing of the Crown Rights of King Jesus” in every area of life & thought remains elusive and seemingly invisible to those commissioned to such great a task. With much ground lost over the decades in various spheres of society, the Church has much work to do in order to regain a footing in the Great Commission given just before the ascension of her Lord. An uncompromising Faith and adherence to the Bible as our standard is the foundation for our progress.
THE TECHNIQUES OF HIGHER CRITICISM
In his ancient and never ending quest for independance from God and His judgments, autonomous man has and will continue to use a vast array of schemes to dislodge God from any involvement in society, and will not stop short of seeking to negatively affect the very trust and faith that faithful, believing Christians have in God. In conjunction with the “literary” technical trench work of the lower critics, the “higher” critics attempt to sell the overly complex and absurd product of their efforts as the “higher” and more theologically sound conclusion that man should follow regarding any teaching of the Bible, and even God Himself.
Such attempts at the supposed “nobler” understanding of the very Word of the living God are a sinful denial of the Law of God written on the hearts of men, a denial not of mere ignorance, but of sinful desires to escape the inevitable judgement that awaits them. They construct preposterous systems that actually illuminate the contrasts to Biblical truth, and then require the adherence to such systems by Bible believing people. Such attempts are as preposterous as the image of the tail wagging the dog, when everyone knows that the dog wags the tail.
THE ETHICS OF HIGHER CRITICISM
The legacy of higher criticism is that it is wholly impotent in regards to any lasting affects on displacing the Word of God as the transcendent and ultimate source of truth for every area of life. Autonomous man doesn’t have a problem with having a knowledge of God, for the very Law of God is written on his heart, as he was created in God’s image. Rather, he has an obedience problem. He seeks to confront the supposed lack of Biblical unity in order to construct a humanistic system of ethics whereby he can, “Set God straight” in order that society and the world can be then ordered to his fallacious presuppositions. These endeavors have at times produced the most totalitarian regimes in recent hisoty via the collaborations with evolution, communism, and other humanistic lies that are ever attempting to rise up against the knowledge of God.
THE FATE OF HIGHER CRITICISM AND ITS PRACTITIONERS
It is a true saying that “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.” It is a total act of God’s grace bestowed to the unregenerate person when they are sobered from their spiritually drunken stupor and given an appreciation, and even a love for God and His Word. Ideas have consequences, and so do actions. The world is in an accelerated pace it seems, to construct a new order of things, an order where God is not invited, and His Word not accepted. Yet, in the end, these futile attempts display their eventual failure as they are relegated to the ash heap of history, and the grave judgment of eternity.