The Bible is the Word of God. The Word of God is inerrant, unmalleable and eternal.
It begins with the established truth that God exists, necessarily, as Genesis 1:1 says: “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” It predetermines God’s existence in a universe devoid of anything, and depicts Him as the Creator of everything. Without God, there can be nothing, as something can’t come from nothing. Ex nihilo, nihil fit, or “out of nothing, nothing comes.”
Us Christians understand this, at least when we put our minds to it, and trust in the Word of God as Truth. And this is not a blind trust either, as the Bible, if nothing else, is a basically reliable historical document, depicting stories and events throughout history which are backed by archaeological discoveries.
The Word of God is Truth, and seemingly, this is what psychologist Jordan Peterson has come to realize very recently.
Peterson appeared on a recent episode of Joe Rogan’s podcast, in which they discussed culture, society and the Bible, with Peterson saying that the Bible serves as the bedrock of culture.
“If categories just dissolve, especially fundamental ones, the culture is dissolving, because the culture is a structure of category,” began Peterson. “That’s what it is. So and in fact, culture is a structure of category that we all share. So we see things the same way. But that’s why we can talk, I mean, not exactly the same way, because then we have nothing to talk about. But, roughly speaking, we have a bedrock of agreement. That’s the Bible, by the way. So, I just walked through the Museum of the Bible in Washington. That was very cool. It’s [a] very cool museum.”
Joe Rogan then asked Peterson: “So the structure, that’s what the Bible provides?”
To which Peterson gets into the meat of his argument and revelation:
“Yeah, that’s what I figured out. I just figured this out this week. So it was a cool, it was cool thing to walk through, because it’s, it’s chronological, they have one floor, which is the history of the Bible… it’s really what it is, is the history of the book. Now, in many ways, the first book was the Bible. I mean, literally, because at one point, there was only one book, like, as far as our western cultures concerned, there’s one book. And for a while, literally, there was only one book. And that book was the Bible. And then before it was the Bible, it was, you know, scrolls, and it was writings on papyrus.”
“And… we were starting to aggregate written texts together. And it went through all sorts of technological transformations. And then it became books that everybody could buy, the book everybody could buy, and the first one of those was the Bible, and then it became all sorts of books that everybody could buy. But all those books, in some sense, emerged out of that underlying book. And that book itself, the Bible, isn’t a book, it’s a library. It’s a collection of books.”
“And so what I figured out was, partly because I was talking to my brother in law, Jim Keller… we were talking about meaning and text, because we were talking about translation and the problem of understanding text. And Jim said, the meaning of words is coded in the relationship of the words to one another, and the postmodernist make that case that all meaning is derived from the relationship between words. That’s wrong, because, well, what about rage? That’s not words. And what about moving your hand? That’s not words. So it’s wrong, but part of it is right, because the meaning we derive from the verbal domain is encoded in the relationship between words. So now, then you think, well, let’s think about the relationship between words while some words are dependent on other words, some ideas are dependent on other ideas, the more ideas are dependent on a given idea, the more fundamental that idea is… that’s a definition of fundamental.”
Peterson then brings up the idea that, whatever texts exist in a civilization, there must be a fundamental text on which all the other texts depend, and that the Bible is said fundamental text. He brought up authors like Shakespeare, Milton and Dante for being part of the “Western canon”, as he put it, as they influenced other texts in the West. But even those books have the Bible at its base, as Peterson said.
Peterson concludes his lengthy and rather round-about explanation by saying: “And so it isn’t that the Bible is true. It’s that the Bible is the precondition for the manifestation of truth, which makes it way more true than just true. It’s a whole different kind of true, and I think this is… not only literally the case, factually, I think it can’t be any other way.”
What I believe Peterson to be arguing is that, in order for anything else to be true, the Bible must be the first and fundamental Truth.
Whatever truth other books and texts provide must first be true according to God.
For example, the truth of binary genders. There is only male and female, as Genesis 1:27 says: “So God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.”
God never created “transgenders”, because there is no such thing as “transgender.” If you are male, you cannot become female, no matter what body deformations you put yourself through. The same is true of females. Any book which acknowledges the truth of binary genders, namely biology textbooks which haven’t been corrupted by their woke publishers, is thus speaking a truth which first relies on the Truth of Scripture.
Another example is anything pertaining to other things which are uncontestably true, such as gravity, the sky being blue, the way human or animal bodies work, cellular biology, etc. Scientists may not all have everything figured out, at least when it comes to the scientific studies of the universe, but what they do say as truth is first dependent on the Higher Truth, or Ultimate Truth.
For example, we don’t really know how black holes work, but we know they are there because God created black holes. As a result of that lack of knowledge, we can’t presently tell people whatever truth pertains to black holes apart from the fact that they exist and that they usually are formed when massive stars reach the end of their lifespans and implode, collapsing in on themselves and forming a small but massive black hole.
Funny enough, in researching this very matter, I came across an article which talks about how black holes form, and it talks about two twists regarding what we know about black holes, only one of which is really important.
It reads: “[I]t would take longer than the universe’s current age for black holes that started as dead stars to grow to galaxy-center-sized black holes. So astronomers also think the universe may have jumpstarted the process by creating giant primordial black holes in the moment just after the Big Bang – though this is just as weird and problematic as you might think.”
One doesn’t really think it’s all that weird, let alone problematic, if one understands the Truth of God.
The theory here is that black holes take longer than the universe’s current age to form into the massive black holes that we see at the center of galaxies, such as the one in the middle of the Milky Way, or the closest galaxy to us, Andromeda. As a result, the fact that such massive black holes not only currently exist but have existed for a very long time has godless scientists scratching their heads in confusion.
How can it be that they exist if black holes take longer than the age of the universe to form? Assuming that their calculations are correct, both regarding the age of the universe and how long it takes for black holes to become that big or massive, the only logical explanation is close to what the article provides, though with a different source.
God, not the universe, created giant primordial black holes after the Big Bang (or when God created the universe) to situate planets and solar systems, thus creating galaxies. Though regarding the age of the universe, God created Adam and Eve to be adults rather than mankind's usual starting age of infancy, so He could have created the universe to appear aged as well (either that, or age is an effect of sin, but that's a different discussion entirely).
Regardless, God designed and created a universe that makes sense and isn’t random (for such a universe would be contradictory to the idea of intelligent design), and made things work in particular ways. He created the Earth to be habitable, created the animals which roam it, and created man and woman to live on it.
He designed the other planets to not be habitable, as they were unnecessary for the purpose of creating life. Though, if He desired to, obviously, He could change that either gradually or immediately.
Regardless, God created the heavens and the earth, and this is knowledge we derive both from the world we inhabit and the Word of God, which directly tells us so. The Word of God is Truth, and without it, nothing else can be.
I am glad that Jordan Peterson is beginning to see the Truth of God and I hope this means that he is saved.
“For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.”
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