A Creed Everyone Can Read

If God wrote a book for His intelligent creation, then wouldn’t it be logical to believe that the divine book would be available to the whole world?  It would not just be available primarily in free countries where it was the most popular religion, but everywhere at all times so that we would all have an equal opportunity at salvation.  If a loving God wrote a book for His children, it wouldn’t matter if you lived in a free country, a third world country, or even an atheist country, His book would be available to all people, especially if eternal salvation and damnation were on the line.  If eternal residence in heaven or hell depended on us knowing a loving God’s will, then His will would be written across the sky above, in the fruitful ground beneath our feet, and within our hearts so that we wouldn’t miss it.  We could reasonably infer that our reasonable Creator would communicate in the most reasonable of ways.

So how reasonable is it to believe the way of salvation from hell is contained in ancient books written by men?  As we will see, it is not very reasonable.  Yet Christianity, one of the world’s largest religions, is a book-based religion upon which it is claimed that our salvation depends on our access and understanding of that book (the same can be said for other religions).  But what are the logical conclusions if salvation from hell is confined within an old book whose authors we do not even know?

There are just too many insurmountable problems to claiming that the Bible is the written word of God today.  Availability, literacy, translations, and interpretations, make the written word a most unlikely method of salvation.  It involves too many human elements.  Thomas Paine wrote, “The continually progressive change to which the meaning of words is subject, the want of an universal language which renders translation necessary, the errors to which translations are again subject, the mistakes of copyists and printers, together with the possibility of willful alteration, are of themselves evidences that human language, whether in speech or in print, cannot be the vehicle of the Word of God—The Word of God exists in something else.”[1] (The Age of Reason, pg. 24).  It is this “something else” that Thomas Paine mentioned long ago that I want to spend my life exploring.  And I want to share the beginning of my exploration with you, friend.

 

[1] Paine, Thomas: The Age of Reason, Ch. 7, pg. 24

 

 

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