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Suggestions and Philosophies

Bro. Richard Davis

Remnant Editor

Hello Faithful Reader. We hope you are enjoying the recent changes to the Remnant. For some time now, we have wanted color in The Remnant, and we’re very happy to have obtained that goal. It wouldn’t be possible without the support of our readers. We have received many generous donations, which have made all this possible. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

It’s good to know the truth! Anyone who has access to the Bible is blessed. There were times throughout history when scripture reading was restricted and even outright forbidden. People were killed for reading the Bible, and others became martyrs for translating and publishing it. We should be grateful to have such ready access to the Word of God. I realized early in my Christian experience that the Bible is not a normal book: it is so much more to those willing to explore it!

During his trial, Governor Pontius Pilate asked Jesus, “What is truth?” Perhaps in modern times, the truth may seem difficult to find. The truth, however, is not lost to time or buried in a sea of watery subjectivism. The Word of God, The Holy Bible, is the truth! The Word of God is not altered by culture or political climate. It does not align itself with modern thinking. The Bible is not a book of suggestions and philosophies; it is a book of instruction and truth. It is rooted in eternity, and yet measures the mountains of time. It does not change. Psalm 90:2, “Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.”

Too often, we see the Word of God being stretched to meet the needs of “new truth”. 2 Peter 3:16, “…they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.” Changing the Bible will nullify its truth; it will become a false weight. Proverbs 11:1, “A false balance is an abomination to the Lord: but a just weight is his delight.” Our souls are weighed by the Word, but if its truths are chipped away to comply with current ideology, the Bible will appear lighter and thinner, and our souls will begin to sink as the scales tip. God is from everlasting, and so is His Word. It cannot be successfully altered. 1 Kings 8:56, “…there hath not failed one word of all his good promise.”

God said unto Moses, “I AM THAT I AM.” The almighty and awesome God still is.  And yet, the philosophers say, “I think, therefore I AM” as if our thoughts alone could create anything or grant divinity. Our own finite foolishness placed in the pulpit of pride will exalt an ever-shifting shade of false righteousness. Insight becomes an idol, and our discernment becomes a deity. These “gods” are delivered through the labor of our own thoughts and ideas, philosophies, and judgments, while the teachings of the Bible grow vague. These notions will inevitably change with time, as new ideas are accepted and old ones cast off.  Enlightenment flickers like a candle and casts dancing shadows – an uncertain light in a gloomy room whose precepts have padded the walls. Truth, however, does not change: the apple tree will not produce figs. We can label an apple a fig or paint it to please us, but it is still an apple. Malachi 3:6, “For I am the Lord, I change not…”

The Word of God is the rule of law: to it, we must defer. We trust our Bible. We seek truth, comfort, and peace in the Word of God. There are a few things on this earth that are divine and eternal. Our souls are eternal and never die. God is infinite and His Spirit has always existed. And lastly, the Word of God is eternal and unchanging. It is infinite, as all eternal things are, and can never be exhausted. No matter the questions we ask, no matter the depths we seek, no matter how often we knock, the Word always has the answer. How many Bible scholars have studied the Word only to find their diligence endlessly producing more wisdom, more discernment, and unending answers to meet their needs? We will never plumb the depths of the Bible, or find the end of its counsel.

Many would like to refer to the Bible as simply a recommendation or proposal. Heaven is not a destination with many paths leading to it. There is a way.

Isaiah 35:8, “And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but it shall be for those: the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein.”

Deviating from the way of God’s righteousness or stepping away from His will, always causes a soul to be lost. The highway can be found in His Word. Follow the signs within, avoid detours, and stay awake. It is not a road map we use to chart our own course; it is a clear list of directions that will lead us home. Psalm 119:105, “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” †