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    Caveat #2: Who Speaks for God,
    aka "Verbal Plenary Inspiration"

    Clearly only GOD can speak for God. So, He Wrote A Book. God-breathed Bible, aka the "Autograph", produced by Him 'breathing' into the writers, His Thinking; hence, "Verbal Plenary Inspiration", the idea that God's Entire Word As He Meant It To Be, was given to the authors of Scripture; and the human authors, despite using their own way of writing in their own languages -- they nonetheless accurately wrote what God wanted written. So this God-breathed Bible, is as Infallible and Inerrant as God Himself. But He didn't write it in English, because English didn't exist, back then. He wrote it using human beings, who spoke in certain languages, and thus wrote in those languages.

    So, Bible calls Scripture "God-breathed" (Greek: theopneustos, term used in Timothy), meaning that the Holy Spirit breathes Divine Thinking into the human writer -- 'spirit' also means breath in the inspired Bible texts, so it's a pun to say "theopneustos". Just as God breathed Scripture into the writers without waiving even one teeny characteristic of their own free wills and personalities, so also God can and will write/breathe His thinking in us. It's a PROMISE going all the way back to the Garden, depicted by those animal skins He made for the newly-fallen Eden couple. God will 'cover' you with His Thinking. Kopher with Kephale, Cover with the Head! Kopher with Kephale makes Qadash for Qadosh, Cover with the Head makes Holy FOR the Holy One! So we are to cover our heads with His Word, Old and New Testament; which Word in your words thus accomplishes every atoning and propitiating and reconciling and redeeming on ALL of whatever you are or will happen to you; because, He did all that on the Cross in order for you to get it all Out From Him, Isa53:11 (LXX Greek inspired text). So all our lives can be covered with Him, and we are not stuck having to live for ourselves in this scratching and biting and fearful world. The legacy of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil can instead be Covered with the Legacy of Him Who was depicted by the Ark: His Deity, pure Gold! His Humanity, pure sacrifice! Happy Sacrifice, though, because He Was Covered By The Holy Spirit. Who breathed into Him His Entire Life, down Here: thus He became "the Way, the Truth, and the Life". Covering, all of us.

    Here's the idea: if you aren't breathing God's Thought, you're not living, baby. So, the people to whom He gave Scripture to write, had His Thought 'breathed' into them. In a particular language (about 8-12, in Bible), over the 1500 or so years it took to get His Thought breathed as He wanted us to know it. But only via those people. But only in those languages. Not, in any translation. So if only those languages and only those people, then God would have to preserve all that Holy Writ throughout the centuries, huh. To Cover everyone who will be born. Of course, if we want to cover UP what He wrote, we can. Of course, if we want to hide what He wrote, sequestering it rather than learning it, we can. For we can cover, too. What God breathes, we can breathe out from Him.. or, not. Of course, if "not", then we aren't breathing, either.

    So theology calls the process of God breathing His Thought into the human writers who wrote Bible, "Verbal Plenary Inspiration". You'll find a link explaining that term in more detail if you click on the "Research" box at Home pagetop. The short idea of VPI, is this: GOD Authored A Book He Means You To Learn. A book, because we are small, so the information has to be communicated in human language. The way this book was compiled, was by depositing a lot of truth in selected individuals over the millenia. Selected, based on How Positive They Were To The Truth, not based on any other factor. For with God, all that matters is that you WANT Him. Anything else about you, is neither advantage nor hindrance. So, there were only about 44 people over the 1500 or so years (circa 1440BC-96AD), who wanted Him enough to be able to get truth to write down. Of them, only nine people wrote the entire New Testament.

    Do you get the idea that mankind is pretty uninterested in God? And, that interest has vastly declined over the long span of history? So how Vastly Important is it to FATHER, that we want to learn His Son? It's a BIG deal! Those Scripture writers all suffered greatly for the privilege, not so much on the outside, but On The Inside. For, the more Divine Truth you know, the more unacceptable it is to live down here. Even if circumstances are rosy. In fact, you come to yearn for bad circumstances (see what Paul said in Phili3). For, the Truth Is Divine, and humanity can't take it; but once Enabled by the Spirit, the human can't stand living without it for a single second (ibid, and the Lord's many statements like Matt4:4). Hence the Filling of the Spirit. Hence the term, "God-breathed" (theopneustos, in Timothy): our very breath is His Breathing.

    God is Infinite. So whatever abilities we lack, don't matter. But whatever abilities He wants to give us that we reject, do matter. So if He gives us the ability, irrespective of smarts, to learn this Word in a language we don't know, a Word He has carefully preserved despite many horrific attacks against it, then.. dare we reject His provision? After all, one of the reasons we are created low, is to Teach us the Full Spectrum of Truth. It doesn't stop God from teaching the Full Spectrum of Truth, that we are low. But, if we choose, it can stop us: by our disinterest. We show we are not interested in but second-hand truth if we rely on what people tell us Bible means, but we don't learn it ourselves. We show we are not interested if we rely on a translation, too. For, all a translation can be, is someone is telling you what the Bible says (he's translating it, not you); instead of you seeing it yourself.. in the original. Which, God has a system of Teaching set up, to prevent your relying on hearsay. Do you get in that System, or not? Your choice.

    Heb1 and other passages in many ways tell you what Scripture IS, so you don't have to guess; but you do have to dig. This digging you can only choose, for it takes the Holy Spirit's power, to make your mental 'hands', so to speak, actually 'move the spade'. So you can prove what GOD says, compared to some other person. In the original languages of Scripture, the overwhelming Genius of word usage and exploitation of every nuance in the languages, connecting every verse in any part of Scripture to every other, despite 40 human authors over 1500 years, screams with proof its Real Author, is God. Heb11:1 in the Greek really says it all!

    But what if you don't know how to read those languages, to verify the Author? Well, actually, you should learn them. That's what 1Jn1:9 is for. Meanwhile, and in every other second of your day, also: since GOD lives, He Testifies. So, the Holy Spirit witnesses only to accurate statements in anyone's mouth; in the Old Testament, even a donkey's! Bible is From Him. So you can't assume that because someone is 'respectable' or a 'Christian' or a 'pastor', that you're getting valid information. Frankly, if anyone would bother to read Matt7:20 in context (i.e., vv15-19!), the "by their fruits you shall know them" is a just such a warning, and isn't even about works. Just after v.20 is the famous "Lord, Lord" verse -- so, hello -- beware! Check It Out. Many such warnings about 'false prophets' (teachers) are in Scripture. Idea of false witness: a person cannot be filled with the Spirit (next Caveat) and telling a lie at the same time.

    So, we humans all being so fragile, Bible translations are often inaccurate: partly, because a translator/ publishing approval commitee is not filled with the Spirit with respect to a given verse (God doesn't mistranslate, lol); not filled, because man's reaction to what's really in the Bible is feared. Bibles wouldn't sell, then: real Bible words are strong, not sweet; militaristic and pro-profit, not wimpy; sexual-innuendo, not pious; lambasting religion, not praising it; stressing Learning The Word, lambasting human works. For example, there are very strong sexual words in Proverbs 5, and especially the word cheq (v.20), yet very few lexicons will even admit what the words signify. God Is Being Censured, see? Is this the worst of sins, or what? 1Cor2:15, religiously-gross man instructing GOD?

    Translations are also largely bad because God picked for Bible, languages which are very rich in nuance -- but now, very dead. However, since 1950 we've got a lot more proof on how those languages, work. So only GOD speaks for God; on the other hand, God Witnesses to Anything Accurate said by anyone, no matter how vile or how admirable the person seems. Whew.

    Moreover, every Bible verse in the original languages is so utterly fascinating, all else in life is boring by comparison: talk about 'seeing' Him Face To Face! Like David says in the Hebrew (and Greek) of Ps139:17 (138:17 in Greek LXX), Life Is His Thinking. No other criterion even warrants the appelation, "life". Each verse chock-full of humor, wordplay, sarcasm, tweaking, sexual innuendo (God's 'begetting' His Son's Thinking in you is a favorite NT topic, see John 17's "one")!

    By contrast, you get the idea in translation that it's all huff and puff, doing stuff. What a lie. Satan's Lie, his Frankenstinian undertaking; so that man apes Satan (like the woman eating the fruit), instead of being transmuted to become like God, via GOD'S running and depositing Spiritual Truth in you. So when you read Bible, you see Satan instead of God. Awesome, dripping, derision. For, the sleight-of-hand done in the translations is way too clever for man to conspire it. You can prove this too. [SatStrat.htm is a very long and involved analysis of the satanic signature. It's predictable like the dawn, very lawyerly, way too clever for man to easily notice. And just as distinctive, as if Satan&Co. were waving a flag attesting to their presence. Burlesqueing us. Saying we are apes, for example, in order to get us to APE them, get it?]

    So, translations bleach, skew, and truncate perception of Scripture. Frankly, a good bit of mistranslation is deliberate: military, sexual, monetary, grace, and like meanings are covered up or euphemized or even, reversed (translation says the opposite of the inspired text). Frankly too, the scholars know these problems exist, and monetary compensation is way too low, to risk dissent: academia of ANY kind is always loath to correct those 'hallowed' past spiritual giants, you see. Political suicide, to try. Oh, the masses won't trust us anymore! So we 'masses' need to put ourselves in their situation, and leave our witchburning tools in mothballs...

    And hey, baby! Look What God Does With This Translation Problem! Heh: oooohhh, poor baby, you gotta breathe 1Jn1:9 to stay online with the Holy Spirit to see the original languages yourself, taught by whoever is YOUR right pastor. Yeah, cry all the way to the bank: each verse you learn in the Original is worth well over a million bucks. If someone wanted to pay me that much to forget what I learned from the Greek of Heb11:1, 5:8-9, or the Hebrew of Ps139:13-16, I wouldn't even hesitate to say no! TRUE RICHES, the Lord called Scripture. No kidding! So, see: if translations weren't bad, you couldn't have the privilege of learning the original languages, which -- thank you very much -- God 'just happened' to preserve all these centuries, despite kidnapping schemes which would make the most lurid novel, seem tame. Just as, if we didn't sin, there'd be no need for a Christ. That's what He says, in the Greek of Heb5:8-9 (it's a punning, in Greek), and many other places. WHAT A SAVIOR! WHAT A GOD! Oh, is life now worth living, or what?!

    Your own intelligence doesn't matter. Everyone gets a 'gift' of being able to understand the Scripture in the original languages, via the Spirit's power, not our brainouts: for that's the Original Intent Of The Writing Of Bible In Those Languages, and from time immemorial everyone knew that fact so well, Scripture Was Preserved.

    So it's patently untrue that only special people get to 'hear' from God: else, we'd have no Bible. For the same reason, it's patently untrue that people can claim "prophetic utterance" outside the Bible Itself. For, the biggest promise IN the Bible, from Genesis forward, is that the Word would become Flesh, and be WRITTEN in our hearts and minds. Salvation is a whole lot more than escaping burning flames, for crying out loud. It's Getting Christ's Thinking In You, For Rapport. This Rapport is what "Fellowship" means in BIBLE: Fellowship with GOD! 1Jn uses Greek word "menw" to teach the mechanics.[menw (MEN-oh) essentially means "staying-at-home": who doesn't love relaxing at home? That's the essence of the verb, so other 'loyalty-due-to-love' verbs are included in the meaning. More backup: "Word" is a moniker for God all over the place. Quickest way to prove the foregoing sentence is John 1 for the first clause; for the second clause, see Jer31:31-34. Heb8:8-10:17 interprets the Jeremiah promise: English will be fuzzy, but at least you'll see this is the promise. This same promise is all over OT (i.e., in David or Ps119), and NT (i.e., 1Cor13 is best, IF you know Paul is talking about the Head of the Body, his theme since Chapter 2; which English masks). Sadly, translations are often lame.]

    So Only The Word Is The Valid Authority now, because He is Seated. God appoints people to Teach the Word, and ideally those people teach through the Power of the Holy Spirit, regularly using 1Jn1:9; in any event, Spirit will affirm to you directly any accuracy coming out of their mouths. [Lots of verses here, so only a few can be listed. See Heb1 (juridical basis); Only Scripture is Authority, 2Pet1:20-21, Heb4:12, 2Tim2:15, 2Tim3:16-17, 1Cor13:9-13, Rev22:6-21. Spirit-run and pastoral system: John 14-17, 1Cor2 (whole chapter); 12:7, Eph2:10 and 4:11-16 in Greek. English is really fuzzy.] See, it's Our Job as believers to get Trained in Christ's Thinking. So, we have a Mentor (see Jn14-17, passim, Acts 1). Not "Comforter" (pitiful translation of parakletos), but Royal-Heir Advisor, the Holy Spirit! So don't go expecting to hear voices, open up Bible to some random page. Use 1Jn1:9 and THINK!

    Of course, if one misreads the Bible, one can say anything he likes. So test all you hear or read; use 1Jn1:9, ask Father in Son's Name for the Holy Spirit to show through SCRIPTURE what is the truth. Direct Testimony is for all believers, all the time. (see Rom12:2-3 and Eph4:23 in this connection) Not self-proclaimed prophets, because Now all "Word of the Lord" goes ONLY through the Son, Who Is The Lord And Is Seated (theme of Heb1); Whose Thinking is In Writing, Bible!