Do We Trust the Prophets or Not?

This post originally appeared at this point in the comment thread on this post from Randal Rauser’s blog.

At issue is whether or not the prophets of Israel, who wrote the Scriptures, can be trusted in the light of modern science and history. ┬áThe answer is a resounding “Yes!”

The defining function of a prophet was to speak for God. In his prophesying, the prophet might make reference to past, present, or future events – but in all cases he would be doing so on behalf of God and not himself. That is, he would be speaking in God’s name and not his own.

God urged His people to discern between true and false prophets – not between true and false prophecies. Isaiah, for example, is not to be read a la carte. Rather, “we count those blessed who endured” and so we accept his message in total. Thus it is the writings of faithful prophets such as Isaiah, Moses, and Jeremiah that came to be collected and eventually called Scripture.

If we allow the word of men (whether modern or ancient) who do not claim to be speaking for God trump the word of men who we claim to believe are speaking for God, then let us drop the pretense of saying that we are trusting God and admit that we are trusting men instead.

And if modernity is the arbiter of truth, why are we professing allegiance to documents from antiquity?

One Reply to “Do We Trust the Prophets or Not?”

  1. Without having read the OP and comments that prompted this reply, I have to agree with your overall point. We are trusting that God spoke clearly and unmistakably to certain people (ie prophets) and what they were told is captured accurately in what we hold as our Scriptures today.

    I think if I were to nuance anything it would be the interpretations of various passages. Here we find people struggle to be faithful to the message yet can differ on what is meant.

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