A Neglected Analogy -- By: Anonymous

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 064:253 (Jan 1907)
Article: A Neglected Analogy
Author: Anonymous


A Neglected Analogy

Perusal of Dr. Jarrel’s able article in defense of verbal inspiration brings clearly to light the fact that many who maintain opposing theories upon the subject differ from each other less than they are wont to suppose. Though defending the theory of verbal inspiration, Dr. Jarrel really expounds the theory of plenary inspiration, for, it will be noticed, in the closing paragraphs of the article, that he adopts the dynamical as opposed to the mechanical theory, making due allowance for the use which is made of the natural capacities of each writer. The Spirit first utilizes all the natural forces involved, merely supplanting their deficiencies and directing them to the accomplishment of the desired end, which is the choice of .those words, that, on the whole, are best calculated to convey the truth to all coming generations.

Those who are accustomed to regard this theory as impossible of accomplishment, or as so improbable that it can be rejected with little discussion, should be reminded that there is a close analogy between this doctrine of inspiration and the views entertained by modern science concerning the unity of nature. More and more, science is teaching us that the universe, like the human body, is an organism, in which the head cannot say to the feet, “I have no need of you”; for “God hath tempered the body together, having given more abundant power to that part which lacked.”

It is a serious error to impute to the advocates of plenary inspiration a belief in the equal importance, for all purposes, of every portion of Scripture. The purposes of the several portions of a complete written revelation are as various as are those of the several portions of any organism in nature which is adapted to its environment. No other writer has magnified the importance of small things so much as Darwin has. With him nothing is so small as to be insignificant. One of the most interesting subjects of his investigation is that of the means by which seeds are dispersed over the earth. The down of the thistle or the dandelion seems worthless in itself, but without it the seed would have no adequate means of transportation and would fall directly to the ground, thus rendering the spread of the plant impossible. The husks or the shell which inclose the kernel are by no means useless organs, for they are the protectors of the kernel, and the means of prolonging its life, thus enabling it to accomplish the true ends of its being. It may be true that the revelation of God is given to us in earthen vessels; but, even so, the vessels are the work of the Creator, and as such are not to be despised.

No machine or work of art can be produced as a whole without attention to ...

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