Will the Real Thinking Adventist Please Stand up? PartTwo
Posted December 1st, 2008 by Clifford GoldsteinFor years now I’ve been a proud recipient of Dale Ratzlaff’s little scandal sheet,
whose whole raison d’être is, apparently, to bash Adventism, all under the guise of course of preaching the gospel, or at least his version of it (which seems to begetting more and more Calvinistic). Nevertheless, every now and then he gets it right, and below is a quote from hislatest issue (September/October 2008), which catches a deep truth. Writing about some of those who have left the SDA church, he says: “Further, we did not only leave historicAdventism; we also left liberal Adventism that demeans the law, the atonement of Christ,the complete reliability of Scripture, and the sovereign authority of God including Hiswrath.”
Heeee . . . heee . . . heee….
Though I do not quite sure how a guy who rejects the fourth commandment findsthe chutzpah to talk about those who “demean the law,” he’s sure got it right about theliberals (actually, they’re “leftists,” not “liberals,” but that’s another blog), the self proclaimed “thinking” Adventists that I talked about in my last blog.Let’s look, for example, at what the so called “thinking” Adventist does with the“complete reliability of Scripture.” I recently had an article on Daniel 2 in the
(Oct 16, 2008). Just good old, Daniel 2, kind of a cornerstone of Adventist prophecy.Well, on another blog, one filled with “thinking” Adventists, a blogger went ballistic,attacking the article because I actually was so closed minded to believe what the textsthemselves say about when the book was written.I mean, how could I be so stupid, so narrow, that when the Daniel says--“And inthe second year of the reign of Nebuchadnezzar, Nebuchadnezzar dreamed dreams,wherewith his spirit was troubled, and his sleep brake from him” (Daniel 2:1) or that “Inthe first year of Belshazzar king of Babylon Daniel had a dream and visions of his headupon his bed: then he wrote the dream, and told the sum of the matters” (Danel 7:1)--Iactually believe it? What a non-thinking Adventist I must be!In contrast, this “thinking” Adventist then quotes a “scholarly reference” from the New Jerusalem Bible (Catholic, I think), which states that Daniel was written between167 and 164 B.C., and not during the reign of Babylon and Media-Persia as it says aboutitself. So, what do we have? The Bible dates Daniel about 600 years before Christ, this“scholarly reference” dates only about 160 years earlier—and which one do you think this (so called) “thinking” (so called) “Adventist” accepts?