The anvil remains


One prolific contributor to the pages of The Daily News recently wrote to again express his support for “same-sex marriage.”

In his letter he expressed the opinion that certain parts of the Holy Bible are no longer relevant to the cultural and moral norms of today’s society. He then finished his letter with an appeal both to the human heart and to a sense of fairness and right: “Every person in this country should have the right to marry the person they love regardless of sexual orientation. It is an issue of social justice and a basic human right.”

To this writer’s first claim, that God’s word is historically and culturally conditioned, I would remind his readers that such claims are nothing new.

Attacks upon the truth and unchangeableness of Holy Scripture have been on-going since the beginning of creation, when the serpent in the garden suggested to our first parents that God’s words were not truthful and reliable.

The serpent’s words, “Yea, hath God said?” echo down the centuries on the lips of men who would substitute their own words and opinions for the sure words of God.

In this regard we might liken the Holy Bible to an anvil. For millennia men with the puny hammers of their own thoughts and desires have been pounding away at the anvil of the word. The end result of their passion for the opinions and judgments of men has been worn out and broken hammers.

The anvil remains.

Long after such men pass from the scene it will still be true, “For ever, O Lord, thy word is settled in heaven” (Psalm 119:89); and, “The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever” (Isaiah 40:8); and, “The scripture cannot be broken” (John 10:35).

Regarding the appeal to love and justice I will only say this: Love without truth is a lie. Love without God’s truth is the lie, for at their origin love and truth have the same name.

And the other is like it: Justice without truth is lawlessness. Without the word of God men will devise mischief and rebellion.

It has ever been so. Lord, have mercy.

Rev. Michael J. Langlais