Saturday, July 18, 2009

"Daughter of Time"

The current president of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, states openly that Israel "must be wiped off the map." In 2005 he also stated "Some European countries insist on saying that Hitler killed millions of innocent Jews in furnaces.... Although we don't accept this claim…"

People continually rewrite history to fit personal beliefs.

Josephine Tey published such a book in 1951, the last of her books. "Daughter of Time" is about Inspector Grant’s ability to judge character in those he interviews. He is given a portrait, studies the subject and determines the man’s character, only to discover that it is a portrait of Richard III. The title comes from the Bertolt Brecht play in which Galileo proclaims: "Truth is the daughter of time, not of authority."

Tey, herself, was a woman of multiple names. Growing up as Elizabeth MacKintosh in Scotland, her favorite penname was Gordon Daviot and wrote her detective novels as Josephine Tey.

So, what is true, and what is not?

That question is asked so often about the Bible. What is true? Scholars study minutiae when using it’s words to determine whether it is or not. Many passages were deemed unworthy, additions out of context – until the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. Some are copies of Bible verses dating before 100 AD (or BCE if that offends you.) There are fragments from every book of the Old Testament except Esther. Today scholars are reconsidering theories, based on these discoveries.

Not one of the writings in these scrolls refutes what the Bible says about itself. Since they were written before Christ, they do not include the words:

All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: (2 Timothy 3:16)

But, Paul is talking about the very scriptures in the Dead Sea Scrolls – those handed down since the time of Moses, and added to under specific circumstances:

For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. (2 Peter 1:21)

What should we do with these word from God? We’re given examples by the Bereans:

These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so. (Acts 17:11)

Where is your Daughter of Time. Are you of Thessalonica or Berea? Will you receive the word with an open mind and search the scriptures to see if these things are so?

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