Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Reading the Writing

The written word is so much more powerful than the spoken. Through past ages, it has lasted. From thoughts placed on cave walls to these digital displays, mankind has sought to spread what he is thinking, far beyond a current audience.

In today’s digital world, things have changed a bit. Excerpts from YouTube give the spoken word larger audiences, but the written word prevails. After careful consideration, I’ve decided it needs something more.

Expressive, standardized fonts would help.

The sarcasm font would drip. The romantic font would have curves resembling hearts. Cutting remarks would have little daggers. And Truth would stand out fully in three dimensions.

Wouldn’t that make reading much easier? No more wondering what the author was thinking when the fonts defined the words. Somewhat similar to my font changes when quoting scripture. Here, when you see the italicized green font, you know that is scripture from the King James Version of the Holy Bible.

Oral history is important and people who used it for passing down history for generations took care that it was preserved. In the case of our Bible, it gives evidence of the source.

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 KJV]

Strong’s tells me that “inspiration” used here has the Greek root “divinely breathed,” theopneustos. Quite descriptive when we consider that our spoken words consist of vibrations created by our own breathing out.

Why should we accept that scripture is from God? Because we’ve looked for its proof, we’ve seen its ability to correct a person’s life, we’ve come to know that it divides right from wrong – we’ve studied it.

Paul encouraged Timothy to study it:

Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. [2 Timothy 2:15 KJV]

Luke extolled the Berean’s searching of it:

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 KJV]

The author of Hebrews most likely did not think of his words as scripture when he wrote:

God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; [Hebrews 1:1-2 KJV]

Peter gives us the last word on the subject:

Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. 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 1:20-21 KJV]

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