Sunday, October 19, 2008

Which one is real?

"Given two men dressed in similar clothing, each claiming to be God's messenger and prefacing his remarks with 'This is what God says,' it must have been far from easy to decide from external appearances which person was proclaiming revealed truth. Closer observation , however, would have made the differences between true and false prophets apparent. Genuine prophets stood consistently in the spirit of the Mosaic law, exemplifying by their lives the ethos of the covenant relationship. Their inspired utterances formed an extension of the spiritual communion which they enjoyed with God, and His word in their minds became their work in society. ...

False prophets, by contrast, were indistinguishable from the rest of society in the matter of personal character, being essentially frauds who profaned sacred things and perverted the divine word by making it appear ludicrous. Their dreams were false, they told lies, deceived their hearers, and were spiritually irresponsible because they were not subject to a positive ethos. They proclaimed what people liked to hear, not what God had to say to them, and they invariably brought a message which would quieten the conscience and give it a delusive peace."

R. K. Harrison, Jeremiah & Lamentations, (Downers Grove: Tyndale Press, 1973), 122-23.

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