Friday, August 21, 2015

Is Proverbs Authentic? - First Thoughts

This is a continuation of a series of refutations against a list published by a person claiming to be one of Jehovah's Witnesses (but who is not) who attacked the Bible. My Words are in bold. (Also The Self-Harmony of the Bible can be found in the downloads page, a link to which is on the right.)

1)     Section 1, (Proverbs 1-9), contains texts that do not agree with the truth. Proverbs 9:7, 8a say: “The one who corrects a ridiculer invites dishonor, and whoever reproves someone wicked will get hurt. Do not reprove a ridiculer, or he will hate you.” Should the wicked be reproved? This is what Psalm 50:16-21 written by Asaph says: “But God will say to the wicked: “What right do you have to relate my regulations or to speak about my covenant? For you hate discipline, and you keep turning your back on my words …. When you did these things, I remained silent, so you thought that I would be just like you. But now I will reprove you, and I will state my case against you.” Then, the wicked should be reproved. (1 Timothy 5:20) Proverbs 9:8 is a warning that the wicked will hate you for correction. Again, in the spirit of proverbs and the book of Proverb, they are general rules. For while you should reprove a wise person, to do so at every opportunity would be foolish, so too it isn’t always advisable to reprove a ridiculer, for they often resent the corrector. Yet an answer should be given so that they might not think that they are wise.

2)    Proverbs 9 also contains two passages that make a mockery of the truth. Psalm 9:1-6 says: “True wisdom has built its house; it has carved out its seven pillars. It has fully prepared its meat; it has mixed its wine; it has also arranged its table. It has sent out its female servants. To call out from the heights above the city: “Whoever is inexperienced, let him come in here.” She says to the one lacking good sense: “Come, eat my bread and share in drinking the wine that I have mixed. Leave behind your inexperience and live; Walk forward in the way of understanding.” This is said to have been said by 'wisdom.' Then this is what 'the woman of stupidity' said: ““Whoever is inexperienced, let him come in here.” (Proverbs 9:16) The same expression was used by both wisdom and the harlot. Now look, does it not say that God is to be worshipped? And yet Satan says that Satan is to be worshipped? I guess that God by saying the same thing that Satan says is making a mockery of himself! No, but there are two paths, worship Jehovah or Satan, come to wisdom or come to the wicked.

3)     Section two of Proverbs, (10-24), also contains texts that do not agree with the truth. Proverbs 10:3 does not agree with Luke 4:2; Proverbs 10:18b does not agree with Job 1:18, 19; Exodus 32:7-10; and 1 Kings 19:14. Proverbs 12:28 says: “The path of righteousness leads to life; along its pathway there is no death.” This is false, because Job, Samuel, Noah, Abraham and even Jesus died. Proverbs 16:7 says: “When Jehovah is pleased with a man’s ways, He causes even his enemies to be at peace with him.” If Jesus’ enemies were at peace with him, would he have died? NO! Proverbs 22:6 says: “Train a boy in the way he should go; even when he grows old he will not depart from it.” Solomon was trained by David. Jehoash was trained by Jehoiada when he was very young. (2 Chronicles 24:1, 2; 15-22) All these people departed from the training they were given. These are general proverbs, and are not absolute guarantees, and if you note the life meant in Proverbs 12:28 isn’t our duration of life, for we already have that, but it leads to life, the everlasting life that God promises, for those who stay on it there is no death and why? Because while we die we are promised a resurrection and are as good as still living.

4)     Section 4 of Proverbs, (30), also contains texts that do not agree with the inspired Scriptures. Agur himself, the writer of Proverbs 30, says: “I am more ignorant than anyone else, and I lack the understanding a man should have. I have not learned wisdom, and I do not possess the knowledge of the Most Holy One.” (Proverbs 30:2, 3) Proverbs 30:17 is a false text. Proverbs 30:1 contains the phrase: “the weighty message.” The same phrase appears in the last chapter of Proverbs. It is also false. If having a phrase that appeared in “false scripture” means that the other scripture is false then having Jehovah (which appears in “false scripture”) anywhere renders them “false” as well! And Agur, in line with humility and Hebrew exaggeration, spoke, not to deny the wisdom of his message, but to reveal how he prior before learning his message wasn’t wise.

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