Once upon a time a bright college student named Bobby attended a lively debate on campus about the Holy Bible. The three speakers in the debate consisted of an atheist, a fundamentalist Christian, and a liberation theologian promoting biblical relativism.
The fundamentalist argued that God’s Holy Word was inerrant and having true religious faith required that every bit of it must be literally believed.
The atheist argued that if the Bible was a deposit of absolute truth, then God was a jealous, revengeful, war mongering, biased and land-grabbing Deity—not a God of Infinite love, wisdom and mercy. Besides, the Bible offered no rational response to the modern scientific theories of creation and evolution.
The liberation theologian argued that the stories of the Bible needed to be interpreted as a universal saving event and that contemporary men and women must find the relevancy of transformed existence for themselves. Liberation was the central core of the Bible stories.
Later that night Bobby returned to his dorm room and thought more deeply about the discussion of scriptural authority. Was the Word of God a perfect heavenly document or the work of imaginative human writers who were influenced by cultural, economic, political and personal circumstances? He found the topic every bit as perplexing as quantum physics. How could he ever find visceral confirmation to any point of view concerning the Bible’s inerrancy and authority? He felt that the fantastic images and events portrayed in Revelation challenged the scientific assumptions of modern cosmology, yet he sensed something powerful in John’s prophetical vision.
The thought of never finding an adequate conclusion made Bobby feel ill and intellectually exhausted so he lay down in bed.
Suddenly a beautiful angel appeared in Bobby’s room. “Don’t be alarmed,” said the angel. “You have a sincere heart to learn so I have been sent here to teach you amazing new things concerning God’s Word.”
“Is Scripture inerrant and sacred?” asked the wide-eyed student.
“Yes, but not in the way you think,” responded the heavenly creature.
“Things are either true or they are not true,” came the confused student’s reply.
“Go to your bookshelf and grab your Bible. Then begin reading through the Genesis chapters concerning Abraham, Isaac and Jacob,” said the angel.
Bobby gabbed his copy of the Bible, sat back on his bed, and opened it to the pages that the angel instructed him to read.
“Before you start to read put on these special glasses,” said the angel and handed Bobby a pair of unusual glasses with magical lenses.
“What kind of glasses are these?” asked the surprised student.
“They are special 3-D glasses from heaven. They will help you see new things within the linear stories of scripture that the human eye easily misses.”
Bobby put the magical glasses on and began to read from the Bible. “Wow! What is happening? The whole story has changed!” Bobby took off his glasses and gazed at the words on the pages. “When the glasses are off, I only understand the literal meaning of the words. But when I am looking through these glasses I see higher meanings being expressed!”
“What does the Bible teach with the glasses on?” tested the angel.
“The story of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob is about the spiritual process of how God transforms the human heart and mind,” came Bobby’s excited response. “I would never have expected that such a thing were possible.”
“Now put your glasses back on and look even deeper,” said the angel with a loving smile.”
Bobby put the glasses back on and went over the very same biblical passages again. “I don’t believe what I am now seeing!” he exclaimed. “The very same story is now informing me of how the Lord made his human nature fully divine while on earth and conquered all the forces of hell to restore the process of salvation!”
“Correct!” said the joyful angel. “God’s Holy Word has three tiers of meaning. On the lowest level is the literal meaning of the words. Above this, the words convey a purely spiritual meaning that is eternally relevant to everyone’s individual salvation. At the highest level the words address the Divine drama of the Lord’s glorification through perfectly unifying his human essence (Jesus) with his divine essence (the Father). That is why I said that God’s Holy Word was ‘inerrant’ in ways that you did not suspect. Only God can communicate in such a profound and transcendental way!”
“The world needs to know these things!” said Bobby.
“Yes, and God is sending angelic influences to all those who are open to new divine revelations.”