Thursday, March 01, 2012

Reboot Christianity on Prophesy and the Silence of God

Michael Belote stakes out a view sort of like the one I've come to about prophecy after spending months digging into Deuteronomy 16-18, we should keep in mind that when people ask, "Why doesn't God speak to us the way He spoke so often to people in Israel or the apostolic era?" the answer is, "Go back and look over the Bible and you'll see that God didn't talk as much as you might think.

In many cases the cessationist/continuationist debates seems more and more a debae about the basis for institutional authority within a contemporary church than a debate about how ancient Israelites and early Christians would have actually understood the role of a prophet or prophetic activity.

And if you have a lot of time here are a few blasts from the past where I discussed different things as I did reading and background reading on Deuteronomy 16-18 in the wake of a belated blog freak out a video clip from you-know-who.

1 comment:

JS Bangs said...

I have long had the same opinion. It's not that God is mysteriously silent today, it's that he was never all that talkative to begin with. And "skepticism without denial" (the phrase used in the linked blog post) is exactly my attitude towards all of the modern prophets and miracle workers.