Michael Heiser posts a few times a year explaining his theological position on the Logos start page. The start page article leads you to a video on line, where he tries to present in a comforting voice the fact he literally doesn’t believe the Bible.
His contention is that he used to attend a Fundamentalist church as a youth (explained with a sort of embarrassment, as if this is a bad thing), and that the term “Theological liberal” was a pejorative. That means it’s name calling, for those of you who don’t recognize the term. See Thouless’ 31 examples of flawed arguments for a definition of both arguments.
Heiser explains that ones theological tradition (I could analyze this phrase all by itself as an example of the argument he’s making, and the psychology behind it!) may have a “different view of God and doctrine.” I’m paraphrasing out of memory here. I have one of my sinus headaches right now and it would really hurt my head to listen to him. And one of my cats is caterwauling right now, and that’s not helping at all.
For those who don’t understand Christianity, here’s the short and simple – there’s two ways to see doctrine and theology. I don’t think I need to define them – they’re self evident
- There’s a right way to view doctrine.
- There’s a wrong way to view doctrine.
Those are the two choices. My hint is, view doctrine as option number one.
Heiser sees it as option two.
I know Heiser has learned the ancient Aramaic. Bully for him. I’m not really motivated, because I have bad memories of reading Aramaic, and being shouted at by a shochet who was helping me to study the Gemara. He was getting really angry that I was having trouble pronouncing some of the words.
So Heiser was shown in college Cuneiform clay tablets by Hittites and Babylonians. His faith was destroyed to find they considered themselves the people of God, that God had created their culture and given them their laws.
Here’s the correct Biblical answer – God is indeed the Father of the Babylonians, and every last person on the earth. The Babylonians were incorrect that God gave them their laws and culture – or they’d have survived with their books, laws and culture to this day.
Isaiah 30:31-33 (KJV) For through the voice of the LORD shall the Assyrian be beaten down, which smote with a rod. And in every place where the grounded staff shall pass, which the LORD shall lay upon him, it shall be with tabrets and harps: and in battles of shaking will he fight with it. For Tophet is ordained of old; yea, for the king it is prepared; he hath made it deep and large: the pile thereof is fire and much wood; the breath of the LORD, like a stream of brimstone, doth kindle it.
You know, if you’re going to Seminary, you have an OBLIGATION to read the Bible, to STUDY it, and to know simple things. Tophet is the pagan name for Ge Hinnom (gehenna), and it means “Drumming”. Literally Tophet is a symbolic reference to Hell.
If the Babylonians were truly the people of God, that their beliefs were just as right as the Jews, then… God wouldn’t be fighting against them! And sending them to Hell!
I write this not to criticize Heiser, but rather to warn. And perhaps, if he sees me so openly state the fact he is 1). in error and 2). unsaved he might indeed examine his soul and realize…
“I’m not saved. I’m condemned to Hell forever and ever, eternal suffering that will not end.”
Nobody, NOBODY is too far gone to be reached with the Gospel while they have life. I’ve whispered the Gospel in the ear of a man who was dying, and when I was done, a tear ran down out of his eyes. And he took his last breath then.
I believe I’ll see him in Heaven. I believe that tear was the only answer he could give as he died. That’s as close as you come to “last chance”. you cannot get any closer than that.
You cannot believe the Bible is errant, edited, full of additions, etc. and still be saved. Heiser’s latest video is “don’t be quick to call something theologically liberal”.
you either believe or you don’t.
Matthew 23:15 (KJV) Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves.