Colossians and Science
A Total Christ  -  by Walter Lang

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Day Two -- Colossians 2:8

A Total Christ and Perfect Inspiration

Writing in Genesis--The Book of Beginnings, G. Kenneth An-deen suggests that Genesis was woven from three main strands of material. To him the Genesis creation account is a myth. The fall of man in Eden is not historical, but merely teaches a lesson, he says. And he rejects a global Flood. People who accept a millions (or billions) of years of age for earth must finally reject Scripture as an inspired (and perfect) book.

Inspiration of Colossians

How do we know that Colossians is inspired as we read in II Peter 1:21 that "holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit." In verse 1 Paul simply states that he is an apostle. In John 17:20 Christ states that His apostles would write that which would make men believe. All books of the New Testament were written by either the apostles or men who wrote under their auspices. Paul had become an apostle after he was called at Damascus and after three years' study at Mount Sinai (2 Cor. 12:2-5). As an apostle, he wrote the Word of God which is perfect. In contrast, due to human sin, nothing in nature is perfect.

A Perfect Bible

Peter Ruckman, a theologian in Pensacola, Florida, insists that the King James version of the Bible is perfect, superior even to the Hebrew and Greek manuscripts. He even attempts to correct these manuscripts by the KJV. This is not acceptable. However, his basic premise that Scripture is perfect, and that we need perfection not only in the original manuscripts (which no longer exist) but in contemporary translations, is correct. An answer is found in Ps. 12:7, where (recognizing that in Hebrew it is legitimate to switch genders), we read that the Bible is preserved from this generation forever. That includes today, when even with a variety of manuscripts and translations and opposing theological viewpoints, we can still be assured that we have a perfect Bible. This includes also the days in Genesis, chapter one and the consecutive genealogies listed in Gen. 10:11. This is what is meant by inerrancy. Throughout the book of Colossians the apostle Paul demands this perfection. Without Christ this is altogether impossible.

An Imperfect Science

Though consistency may be found in a science based on nature, absolutes cannot be found. And without absolutes science disciplines become pagan idolatry, e.g., evolution theory. Throughout the book of Colossians Paul emphasizes that nature cannot provide perfection. Total perfection is possible only in Jesus Christ. Reference 3.

Prayer: That we may have perfection in Jesus Christ and that this will lead to development of a superior and more productive science.

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