XMM's Pick 7/10~Taking out the trash?
Great post !!!!! and btw....
Originally posted by yxboom in the thread OV Problems with Prophecy?
Today @ 09:23 AM post located here
I realize that we have dealt with this topic ad naeseum in the past, but a new thought popped into my head today as I was reading, and I wanted to see what you guys thought (especially Acts9, geebob, and Boom):
If prophecy, done by God, is God forthtelling either through Himself or an agent what God will do, then how is that any different from me saying I am going to take the garbage out?
I don't know if this will be of any real value to the discussion but food for thought. Isn't the fact that God can disclose what He will do that seperates God from the idols, the fact that God can say I am going to do this and does it whereas the idols can't?
For example, God told Moses I am going to deliver Israel out of Egypt, prophetically speaking. Well God did what He said He would and for all intents and purposes isn't that no different than you saying you are going to take out the trash (no intended offense to Egyptians)? To Israel and from the reaction at Jericho the rest of the world was more than impressed by this. Matter of fact we still marvel at God's deliverance of Israel from Egypt, but again I ask, what difference is God telling Moses I am going to deliver Israel from Egypt "ontologically" different from you saying "I am going to take out the trash"? It appears to me at least that prophecy is grandest that God can and does in fact bring about what He says He will, not because He has to (locked in foreknowledge), but He chooses to whereby Israel and ourselves can find God faithful.
Edit to add:
In a marriage, (I imagine as I am a husband) that I would find a greater fullness of love in faithful and trustworthiness not in knowing BEFORE (in an exhaustive sense) I got married that my wife would never cheat on me or want to, but in the looking BACK (in an exhaustive sense) that my wife never cheated on me or wanted to. It is a sacrifice of security for a greater expression of love, but it is a sacrifice I believe God chose to take and in doing so amplifies God's bringing about rather than simply stating that we trust in His faithfulness.
If I have a mystical experience, an experience that's so overwhelming that I know now that there's a God, the cognitive fallout from that is irrelevant. The fact that that experience can be explained by psychologists in numerous ways is irrelevant to the fact that I now know.