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“If true human knowing depends on perfect, exhaustive knowing, we are consigned forever to ignorance because, whether in this life or the life to come, we will never be omniscient. . . . But that immediately suggests that the standard is too high. If you expose the relativity of human knowledge by appealing to a standard of omniscience, it’s an artificial standard. In fact, the first question I want to ask my postmodernist friends is, ‘How do you know that postmodern relativism is true?'” — Don Carson Date: October 26, 2018 Event: 2018 TGC Chicago Regional Conference You can listen to this episode of The Gospel Coalition podcast here. Related: How to Talk to People Who Don’t Believe in Truth (Collin Hansen, Abdu Murray) Making Sense of Scripture’s ‘Inconsistency’ (Tim Keller) Foundations of Biblical Interpretation (TGC Courses) Find more audio and video from TGC’s 2018 Chicago Regional Conference on the conference media page. View the full article
Atheists like to use the verse Isaiah 45:7 to state God is the Creator of evil and that He is an evil God. The KJV has this verse stating, "7 I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things." The ESV has this verse stating, "I form light and create darkness; I make well-being and create calamity; I am the Lord, who does all these things." The atheist stated the original Hebrew text shows this closer to the KJV translation. How do you interpret this text?
My opinion is that as Christian's we should not dismiss trying to find meaning in the dreams that we have as some are from God.
We should be very careful to use proper discernment in our interpretation when we do:
• Is it biblically sound e.g. the dream may have felt good but was it sin - wrong interpretations may make your heart justify sin when you wake up.*
• How did it feel? Most likely if it made you feel rough then the dream was of the enemy, a nightmare. Sometimes a warning from God too though.
• Maybe it is just your brain processing the day if you dream about potatoes if you had a jacket potato for dinner lol.
Christian dream interpretation? Are our dreams from God? this IMO is a good bible based website, and this is some useful advice from it:
If it is, prayerfully consider what God would have you do in response to your dream (James 1:5).
In Scripture, whenever anyone experienced a dream from God, God always made the meaning of the dream clear, whether directly to the person, through an angel, or through another messenger (Genesis 40:5–11; Daniel 2:45; 4:19). When God speaks to us, He makes sure His message is clearly understood.
*I don't think I have been led into sin by a dream but I have been led astray by them before e.g. in a time when I was desperate for a breakthrough, the enemy gave a dream of doing a job that I was not ready for. I tried this job and found I had to leave as it was a massive stress. I have been led into big seasons of struggle and confusion as I had put my hope in a dream that was not of God.
Sometimes we should do this:
Hope I have not been too serious, watch out for Nephilim size potatoes running after you with a peeler.
In this new video, Don Carson—New Testament professor at Trinity Evangelical and TGC president—gives some helpful tools to Christians dealing with objections to an understanding of Scripture. View the full article