With all due respect, RB, why isn't the God-given sense just like God, through the Holy Spirit, wrote it? I would think He had enough sense to give it that when He wrote it.
With the same due respect back toward, I will give you a few reasons why we should do as Ezra did in Nehemiah 8:8 if anyone cares to read it. The problem, of course, is not with God, but fallen humanity's ignorance and being void of
true wisdom, understanding, and knowledge of spiritual truth.
Part of the problem today it seems to me is that we have far too many giving the Scriptures a "God-given sense"; except that seems to be wrong a lot.
"Like yourself"............... When men refuse to accept certain truths and follow certain scriptural rules in order to come to the biblical understanding of certain scriptures, their true biblical sense of interpretation.
I said a week or so in another thread that God owes no man truth, and it met with oppositions to which I let be, but will enlarge upon it now.
1. God Does Not Owe Men the Truth~
We chose a lie in Eden against His true word, so He is only giving us what we want when He allows or sends lies (Genesis 2:17; 3:1-6
The human heart has no truth, and no love for it, for men are born liars (Job 15:14-16; Psalms 51:5; 58:3; Proverbs 22:15; Isaiah 48:8; Jeremiah 17:9; Romans 3:13-14
). I did not write those scriptures God gave them, so these are not my thoughts but God's concerning man.
By our corrupt nature, we follow our moral father the devil, who loves lies and the father of it~(John 8:44-45; Ephesians 2:1-3; Ist John 5:19; Revelation 12:9
Men do not want the truth; they would rather believe a lie (John 8:45). To believe otherwise is to believe a lie.
It is our incumbent duty to be thankful for any truth, for truth is a gift from God (Genesis 32:10; 24:27; Micah 7:20; 2nd Thessalonians 2:13
God is truth; and because He is truth, He will not let you despise Him or His truth without judging you in kind (Ist Kings 22:1-40
). He sent His prophet Micaiah to lie first to Ahab (22:14-17). He sent a lying spirit into all of Ahab's prophets (22:18-23).
Our glorious Creator deprived the ostrich of wisdom, and He glories in it and expects us to do so as well (Job 39:13-18
). Her foolish instincts and lack of understanding are by His holy choice. Your beliefs in evolution will keep you from acknowledging this truth.
A look at the nations shows that God has deprived men of wisdom. Some never had the wheel, a written language, a number system, agricultural knowledge, basic morality, and many other aspects of wisdom, though Noah was the father of us all just a few short years ago.
Consider sailors (Psalm 107:23-32
). God commands storms that cause terror and reduce them to their wits' end. It is His goodness that gets them to their desired haven, and He is to be praised for it!
God allowed men to live ignorantly for thousands of years without giving them much more than the natural creation (Deuteronomy 4:5-8; Psalm 19:1-6; Amos 3:2; Acts 14:16; 17:30; Romans 1:18-23
God can shine the light of truth anywhere, but He chooses not to in the holy exercise of His sovereign power (Psalm 147:19-20; Matthew 10:5-6; 11:20-24; Acts 16:6-10,14; Romans 3:1-2; 2nd Corinthians 4:3-7
). When the white horse
in Revelation 6 left Jerusalem with the gospel in Acts it went forth conquering and to conquer with the truth~which ways did it go? NOT toward Indian, or China, but toward Greece and Italy from there into Spain and England, etc. God's choice to leave those other nations to themselves, and post Acts up until now we see the effects of that choice!
If acknowledging the truth is only by His gift of repentance, why does He not give it to all (2nd Timothy 2:25-26; 1st Timothy 2:4; Matthew 13:11
When His market survey revealed what men wanted to see and hear, He sent them something foolish and offensive (Ist Corinthians 1:17-24; Matthew 12:38-45; Isaiah 8:13-16; Ist Peter 2:6-8
). He did not adjust to men and never will.
When eloquence and presentation would win hearts, the apostle of the Gentiles came in fear and weakness (Ist Corinthians 2:1-5; 1:17
). His presence was weak; his speech despicable (2nd Corinthians 10:10
). Our Lord ordained uneducated, crude fishermen (Acts 4:13
Does a Creator God, Who laughs at men opposing Him, sound like He owes man (Psalm 2:1-12; Proverbs 1:24-32; Romans 9:14-24; 11:33-36
)? I do not think so.
Does our Lord, Who described ripping up Pharisees, Who called those learned doctors of the law blind leaders of the blind, Who desired them and their followers to fall in a ditch, and Who said to leave them alone, sound like He owes them truth (Matt 15:12-14
2. God Judges Men by Confusing Them~