– The Very Notion of Two Books of God’s Revelation –
(Following reading of 11/2012 Apologetics 315 Interview)
Proverbs 30:6 –
KJ – “Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.”
ISV – “Don’t add to his words, or he will rebuke you, and you will be shown a liar.”
Revelation 22:18 –
ISV – “I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy in this book: If anyone adds anything to them, God will strike him with the plagues that are written in this book. If anyone takes away any words from the book of this prophecy, God will take away his portion of the tree of life and the holy city that are described in this book.”
NOTE: There is a significant difference (a clear distinction) between “Nature reveals the glory of God” (as in Psalms 19:1-6; Romans 1:18-21; and Psalms 8:3-4), and “Nature is a book of God’s revelation” as asserted by Hugh Ross and other like-minded believers: The former is a subjective experience composed of our observations, while the latter is attributing our observations (interpretations, limited understandings, etc.) to the Word of God; and then considering them to be equal.
By following the latter course, Ross has added scientific interpretations of evidence (the so-called “Facts” of Nature) and his own limited and fallible understanding of these explanations, plus certain theological elucidations, and his own unique mortal hermeneutic to the infallible Word of God; and by doing so has made himself equal with God (in his own mind) in proclaiming Truth!
Those who follow this path fail to realize that Nature is limited as a source of Truth. Nature can provide us with only a partial awareness of God. From Nature we can discover the wisdom, power, and awesomeness of God; but humans are only able to infer certain things about God from observing nature because there are no explicit statements made about Him. Our finite minds are not competent to understand anything more than certain general truths about God due to our limitations as created beings as well as our fallen sinful nature.
For anyone who thinks this way, there is an excellent test to determine their love of, and commitment to God’s Word: Does this person believe in (cling to; hold to) all the miracles in the Bible? Some specific examples are the globe-wide Flood (Deluge; cataclysmos) of Genesis; Jonah and the great fish; the three Hebrew children (plus one) in the fiery furnace; the Children of Israel crossing the Red Sea; David and Goliath, etc.?
In the final analysis, this is nothing less than another effort of man (tutored by Satan) to become like God. It is a replay of Genesis chapter 3!