One of the biggest problems in Bibles is marginal notes. I can completely derail anyone’s faith by writing a study Bible, and just fill it with notes denying things, utter the worst heresies and blasphemies, and I can get away with it by uttering the High Places statement of 20th and 21st Century Christianity – “But today Scholars believe…”
No they don’t. Most theologians occupy jobs they should not have. If you do not believe Jesus Christ is virgin born, you should resign. To not believe a cardinal doctrine like that, to question even a SINGLE MIRACLE of our Lord… means you are STEALING a job you are not entitled to. And yes, I’m thinking about a man who works for Logos, and writes a lot of books (mostly debunking UFO’s). Logos constantly is pushing his teaching courses and little interviews with him.
There’s nothing he can teach me. He claims orthodox belief in the Bible, but clearly he does not. What derailed his faith? He pursued a degree, and started examining Cuneiform tablets from Mesopotamia.
And they mentioned that those people were the chosen of God.
His faith was derailed. Listen, if that’s all it took, your belief was marginal. Japan claims to be founded by the son of a Goddess, and that the Emperor was divine up until World War II ended. I’m really enthralled with Japanese history, but I take the claims as… claims. So someone hands me an Akkadian tablet, and it says that the Akkadians were the chosen people of God…
And I dismiss it. My belief is not marginal. The Bible is true, the Akkadian legends are (take a deep breath, shocking revelation coming…)
Marginal notes are often written by marginal men. And worse, the rest are written by unsaved heretics who deny the Lord that bought them.
One of the biggest tools you can use is liquid paper. Use the tape if you like, although those always gum up and you have to throw them away partway through. Whenever you read a marginal note you’re unsure of… get rid of it. Especially if anywhere in it you read.. “But today, scholars believe…”
No, they don’t believe.