God Has Spoken
“The Mighty One, God, the Lord, has spoken, And summoned the earth from the rising of the sun to its setting.”
“The infinite-personal God is there, but also he is not silent; that changes the whole world”
By Reverend Ray
The climate for the veracity of truth claims has drastically changed across the canvas of human history and especially as it relates to the church and the secular world. History has seen the shift on this line in the questions that are discussed today. In the Medieval Europe, the question was; How has God spoken? This would prompt the great theological divide of the Reformation as the great reformers would assert that the Scriptures alone provide the authoritative resource for God speaking. The Medieval church never denied that God had spoken through the Scriptures; she merely stated that they were not the final word or authority on what God had said. This same argument remains today, though the contributions of the reformers have greatly diminished the credibility of such claims. Still, in an archaic way, some forms of Christianity, either by tradition or by existentialism, continue to deny the absolute authority of the Scriptures in truth claims for life.
But such positions have served the secular mind better along the line of questioning that deals not with authority indirectly, rather the climate today in the secular culture poses the question; Has God spoken at all and even if He has, is He worth listening to? As one can see, such a shift goes miles beyond the question of which is the final authority, i.e., the church, or the inner light. One need not look far beyond his or her own world to see the ramifications of this speculation. Even in the camp of modern evangelicalism, it operates more on the line of skepticism with regard to whether God speech is worth listening to.
It is not only that man has freed himself in the secular realm from God speech, but the church has found it much more convenient and culturally acceptable to ignore the directives and assertions of Scripture. It is the narcissistic therapeutic message that has become the accepted authority and speech of the church. The question that inevitably arises from all this is; does this indeed mean God has not spoken?
It is interesting as to how loudly the Psalter’s words speak to the contemporary climate. That he declares; “the Lord has spoken” does not rest on one man’s audibility or the poetic liberty of an archaic writer. The writer anchors this truth claim about God on the basis of something that no one can remove himself from, that is, history. The Psalter verifies that the Lord has spoken on the basis of the objective historical evidence of Jewish history and the city of Jerusalem. One needs only check a daily periodical in world events to see that Jerusalem and the Jews remain the salt in the wound of those who would argue God has not spoken. This confirms that God has spoken and He has spoken in a real verifiable context, time and space, history and that, as Francis Schaeffer has said; “changes the whole world.” The fact is, that anyone questioning whether or not God has spoken must deal with the historical evidence that God has left man in the world. As the Apostle Paul has so familiarly said; “because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them.
For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. (Rom. 1:19-20)
The reality throughout human history is that the issue is not whether or not God has spoken, but is man willing to listen? The Lord has spoken and the Scriptures do speak authoritatively by divine inspiration. Sticking your fingers in your ears is not an intelligent or valid argument that He has not.
Dribble from the pen
1 Schaeffer, F. A. (1982). The complete works of Francis A. Schaeffer: a Christian worldview (Vol. 1, p. 276). Westchester, IL: Crossway Books