Ultimate Authority for the Soul – Part 2

This blog is the last half of the last chapter of the book, Ultimate Authority for the Soul.  It is an in-depth discussion of God’s authority defined in the Word of God.

I’m not sure how to tell God’s people to stand against the evils of postmodernity, except to use the biblical language which the Psalmist used, “I hate and abhor lying” (Psalm 119:163). The Lord said through the mouth of the prophet Zechariah, “Give judgment in your gates for truth, justice and peace…And do not love a false oath.  For all these are things that I hate” (Zechariah 8:17).

A liar is one who is at war with reality. In contrast to the liar the Psalmist says those who love the law have great peace. It may sound contradictory when the Psalmist says “those who love the law have great peace.” Psalm 120 describes the Christian living in this world.  The Psalmist said, “My soul has dwelt too long with one who hates peace, I am for peace, but when I speak, they are for war” (Psalm 120:6-7). Jesus clarifies the confusion.  Jesus said, “These things I have spoken to you that in Me you may have peace.  In the world you will have tribulation…”  (John 16:33).

When we die the Word of God declares we enter into peace (Isaiah 57:2), but while we live as pilgrims on this earth, the peace of Christ must enter into us. There is a sense in which Christians have peace, but they live in a battlefield. The battlefield encompasses all of this life because of sin.  The postmodern concept is a perfect example.  The battles rage over history because revisionist history is more of a falsehood than it is truth.  Where there is a lie, there will always be a battle. The field of literature is under severe attack because the postmodern interpretation is more of a falsehood than it is truth.  The average person may realize the most powerful enemy they have is in the world of aesthetics and art, because Hollywood art today is more of a falsehood than it is truth.

If Christians want peace with God and man, they must come to hate and despise falsehood, but come to love the Word of God in its fullness. If Christians want objectivity or to put it another way if they want one standard upon which to measure life as it really is and ethics as they are bound to be, then God’s people must come to hate and despise falsehood, but come to love the Word of God.  If they want coherency and harmony while they live in this lively battlefield, then they must come to hate and despise falsehood, but come to love the Word of God.

There is no such thing as neutrality when it comes to peace and war.  There is no such thing as neutrality when it comes to love or hate. The Lord Jesus Christ said, “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will hold to one and despise the other” (Matthew 6:24).  If you love good, then by necessity you must hate evil. If you love truth, then by necessity you must hate falsehood. Love and hate ascends or descends, so it is measured by degrees, but there is no neutrality. The more a believer loves the Word of God, to that same degree the believer will hate falsehood.

If Christian believers really love the Word of God, they have true Christian peace. Christian peace does not depend on smiles, perceived happiness, and carnal pleasure. Christian peace is measured by how much Christian believers love God.  If they love God, they will love His ultimate authority demonstrated in the Word of God. “Great peace have they who love Your law, and nothing can make them stumble” (Psalm 119:165).  In the context of this Psalm, the “law” refers to the whole counsel of God, not merely the Ten Commandments. The Word of God is absolute.  Without it there can be no peace.

We live in a society that is postmodern in every way.  It denies the true peace, which comes from God. God the Father is called the God of peace (Hebrews 13:20). God the Son is called the Prince of peace (Isaiah 9:6). God the Holy Spirit is called the Spirit of peace (Ephesians 4:30).

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