- Posted February 10, 2013 by
Port Byron, Illinois
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An ACK in the Word: Psalms 119:105
Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. ~Psalms 119:105
Sounds good right? I mean that whole "God said it, I believe it, that settles it" crap.
Now that phrase above really isn't bible based is it? It really doesn't matter if we 'believe' something God says now does it? Will our belief or disbelief negate or invalidate God's own word? Nope.
Still the Aramaic (the most ancient form of Hebrew) word for 'believe' is "aman". It means to be properly, to build up or support; to foster as a parent or nurse; figuratively, to render (or be) firm or faithful, to trust or believe, to be permanent or quiet; morally to be true or certain.
In the Greek (the 'Textus Receptus' is the Greek bible from which the first translation into Latin came from, and from whence came our first English version, namely the Queen James Version*) believe is rendered as plerophoreo; this means to carry out fully (in evidence), i.e. completely assure (or convince), entirely accomplish:--most surely believe, fully know (persuade), make full proof of.
So I think we get the over-arching idea here. Regardless of if we believe or not, we should all have enough of John Calvin's teachings in us to know that despite the actions of others or ourselves, we certainly don't have the ability to thwart God's plans.
What stands out from the above is the notion of 'carrying out fully' that which God has called us to do. That means don't judge, forgive, don't be meddlesome in other peoples affairs, you know, all that love your brother Christian type shtuff...
Just because we believe one way or the other, doesn't make it right even if a board of elders, Pastors in wolves clothing, etc. believe it is so. Belief according to God's own Word comes with the need for evidence.
"Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world." ~ 1 John 4:1
Wake Up Church!! ACK!!!
*Queen James indeed. According to historians and courtiers King James was commonly referred to as "Queen James" because he was more effeminate than his mother Mary Queen of Scots. He was one of those damn homos the church is afraid of. Just another sinner in need of a savior like the rest of us in God's book.