From" Power for Living " a book giving to me to read ,comes this analysis. How God Says Things: God uses a basic pattern in communicating to man.
First,He gives a command or a promise.
Second,the Bible tells of man's response.
Third,a word of evaluation is given.
Power for living goes on to say that this simple pattern repeats itself throughout the whole Bible.
It gives an example: At the very beginning of the Bible,God creates the world with His Word.God then tells man to take care of the world ( garden ).He tells Adam that he will be rewarded with eternal life if he obeys.
This is the first step,the command / promise.Adam is commanded to do something,and a promise is given in relationship to that command.The promise is not always given right after the command,and sometimes the promise is given and the command is implied.
The second step,after the command / promise we read of man's response.Adam and Eve's response.He set out to do what God told him to do.The right kind of response, ( my comment,up to here things look good for them,eternal life is within their grasp.)
But,another kind of response to God's command/promise is seen.Satan tempts Adam and Eve to disobey God's command/promise and substitutes a new command/promise.He says,Do what God told you NOT to do and you will be like god's.
They listened to Satan and that was their response to God's command/promise.
Next, the third step ,God's evaluation and the result of that evaluation bring us to where we are today.No eternal life, So,Power for Living says this is how God says things.Command/promise,response, and evaluation/judgment. Power for Living says That this threefold pattern appears everywhere in the Bible.
Does this mean that this pattern demonstrates that the Bible is the inerrant word of God, and thus we can believe this account of How God Says Things to us today through the pattern in this book or otherwise.
Blueblades, who is grasping for the elusive eternal life
.Its sunday, so, I thought I would post this topic instead of going to the kingdom hall where they agree with with Power for Living.I know its all based on a belief system, but , what are your thoughts on Power for Living and what they say about How God SAYS THINGS.