Daniel 7 and Acceptance of Scripture – an Open Letter to Bru
You have come to this blog to share what you understand as the truth. You quote Scripture in an effort to demonstrate how the theology that you are espousing is the belief of the Author of Scripture. You are hoping that we will accept your theology on the basis of these Scriptures that you quote.
If you expect us to change our theology on the basis of the word of God as recorded in Scripture you should be willing to do the same. You may be thinking that your theology is rooted in the word of God and that you have nothing to change but your lengthy comments demonstrate that your position is NOT rooted in the word of God but in the Christian Scripture as interpreted by the Church of the Seventh Day Adventists.
Allow me to demonstrate. You have interpreted Daniel 7:27 as if it states that all dominions will serve the one who you call “the most high.” The problem with your interpretation is that it is based on a demonstrable mistranslation. The words “kadishei elyonin” do not mean “holy ones of the most high” but rather they mean “holy exalted ones.” Try looking it up in any concordance. The verse is saying that the dominions will serve the nation of holy exalted ones. Since you already correctly surmised that verse 27 is an interpretation of verse 14 you should now realize that the “one like the son of man” is representative of the people of Israel. This would make verse 27 parallel to verse 17 as well as to Isaiah 60:12.
If your theology is truly based on the word of God, you should go about revising your theology now that you realize that you have mistranslated the word of God. But if your theology is based on the Church of the SDA then you will probably stay right where you are.
A deeper question needs to be asked at this point. Who told you to look at these verses in Daniel for the foundations of your theology? Was it the Church of the SDA or was it the Author of Scripture? Which passages does the Author of Scripture point you to when it comes to the question of who it is that we are to worship? Is it this passage in Daniel or is it perhaps a different set of passages altogether? If you truly accept the authority of Scripture why then will you not let the Author of the book tell you what is important, what is not and which passages are teachings on which subjects?
Oh, before I forget allow me to address your assertion about the “ability” of God to “become a man.” Do you believe that God could become insane? Could He become confused? Could He become “not God”? He can do anything, can’t He?
I will humbly suggest that you read these articles, not so that you accept the theology that I believe is true but to help you see how you have been misled into thinking that the teachings of the SDA Church are the teachings of the Jewish Scripture.
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Yisroel C. Blumenthal