Understanding The Word of God

by Mike Ratliff 

How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word. With my whole heart I seek you; let me not wander from your commandments! I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you. Blessed are you, O LORD; teach me your statutes! With my lips I declare all the rules of your mouth. In the way of your testimonies I delight as much as in all riches. I will meditate on your precepts and fix my eyes on your ways. I will delight in your statutes; I will not forget your word. (Psalms 119:9-16 ESV) 

I expected some backlash when I posted Homosexuality is Sin the other day. One of the most vociferous responses came from an atheist. He quoted passages from Leviticus and tried to use human reasoning to show that it made no sense. I attempted to tell him, after explaining the point of the post, that an unregenerate person cannot read and understand God’s Word correctly. One thing that struck me though was how similar his reasoning concerning God’s Word was to the folks here, here, and here. The main difference of course was that this fellow does not believe in God and could not understand that Christians are New Creations by the Grace of God. However, that same rejection of God’s Word as being authoritative as well as absolute truth was very apparent, just more pronounced.  Continue reading