I have been engaged in a number of emails with a reader named Marcia. My previous blog entry contained a part of my email response to her and she left the 5th note on that entry.
Her comment included the following: "It is interesting to me that you talk about intellectual honesty but failed to demonstrate this in your discussion of John MacArthur’s article..."
Really? I fail to demonstrate intellectual honesty?
Let's recap with a direct quote of the verses that Marcia claimed, “Jeremiah 31:15 ... prophesied … that Herod would kill the children in Bethlehem”
Jeremiah 31:15-17 (NSRV) “Thus says the Lord: A voice is heard in Ramah, lamentation and bitter weeping. Rachel is weeping for her children; she refuses to be comforted for her children, because they are no more.
Thus says the Lord: Keep your voice from weeping, and your eyes from tears; for there is a reward for your work, says the Lord: they shall come back from the land of the enemy; there is hope for your future, says the Lord: your children shall come back to their own country.”
Notice the complete lack of the words: Herod, Bethlehem, Messiah, Mary, Joseph, Jesus, prophesy.
If I were exactly as intellectually dishonest as Christians who make the claim that a verse without the word "Herod" in it prophesied that that "Herod would do something", I would argue as follows:
I'm sure that you think that that claim is ridiculous and non-compelling. So, show me how to argue with that statement, Marcia. I honestly would like to learn how to get such an idea across in a compelling way.