In the investigation, for example, of purely historical matters, such as Luke records, merely natural insight may at times have been sufficient. When this was the case, Luke may have been left to the exercise of his own faculties, inspiration only inciting and supervising the work. George Harris, Moral Evolution, 413 ? ?God could not reveal himself to man, unless he first revealed himself in man. If it should be written in letters on the sky: ?God is good,? ? the words would have no meaning, unless goodness had been made known already in human volition. Revelation is not by an occasional stroke, but by a continuous process. It is not superimposed, but inherent? Genius is inspired; for the mind which perceives truth must be responsive to the Mind that made things the vehicles of thought.? Sanday, Hampton Lectures on Inspiration: ?In claiming for the Bible inspiration, we do not exclude the possibility of other lower or more partial degrees of inspiration in other literatures. The Spirit of God has doubtless touched other hearts and other minds? in such a way as to give insight into truth, besides those which could claim descent from Abraham.? Philo thought the LXX translators, the Greek philosophers, and at times even himself, to be inspired. Plato he regards as ?most sacred? iJerw>tatov , but all good men are in various degrees inspired. Yet Philo never quotes as authoritative any but the Canonical Books. He attributes to them an authority unique in its kind.
(b) In all matters of morals and religion, however, man?s insight into truth is vitiated by wrong affections, and, unless a supernatural wisdom can guide him, he is certain to err himself, and to lead others into error.
<460214> 1 Corinthians 2:14 ? ?Now the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him; and he cannot know them, because they are spiritually judged?; 10 ? ?But unto us God revealed them through the Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.? See quotation from Coleridge, in Shairp, Culture and Religion, 114 ? ?Water cannot rise higher than its source; neither can human reasoning?; Emerson, Prose Works, 1:474; 2:418 ? ?T is curious we only believe as deep as we live?; Ullmann, Sinlessness of Jesus, 183, 184. For this reason we hold to a communication of religious truth, at least at times, more direct and objective than is granted by George Adam Smith, Com. on Isaiah, 1:372 ? ?To Isaiah inspiration was nothing more nor less than the possession of certain strong moral and religious convictions, which he felt he owed to the communication of the Spirit of God, and according to which he interpreted, and even dared to foretell, the history of his people and of the world. Our study completely dispels, on the evidence of the Bible itself, that view of inspiration and
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