Thank you very much, Rik, for your excellent comment regarding my first article, "Creation vs. The Big Bang and Evolution: which view is right?" Rik writes the following:
"Hey, don't take on too big of a question. The bible's test "How can we know when a message has not been spoken by the Lord?' If what a prophet proclaims in the name of the Lord does not take place or come true, that is a message the Lord has not spoken. That prophet has spoken presumptuously. Do not be afraid of him" (Deuteronomy 18:20-22) So it may be that we simply don't know because we don't understand (until after revelation makes it clear). Not an entirely satisfactory concept, is it?"
The NRSV [New Revised Standard Version] - this writer's preferred translation as a reference for this column [more on this later] - is more severe:
" 'But any prophet who speaks in the name of other gods, or who presumes to speak in my name, a word that I have not commanded the prophet to speak - that prophet shall die.' You may say to yourself, 'How can we recognize a word that the Lord has not spoken?' If a prophet speaks in the name of the Lord but the thing does not take place or prove true, it is a word that the Lord has not spoken. The prophet has spoken presumptuously; do not be frightened by it." Deut. 18:20-22, NRSV
Wow, this passage is very important and very Kabbalistic. It shares an excellent point of view to take to The Kabbalah Centre International. Anyone living in the Los Angeles or New York areas can visit one, and anyone anywhere is welcome to call them at 1-800-Kabbalah [or send email to email@example.com] with questions regarding the Bible, Creation, the continuing formation of reality, one's purpose in life, what have you.
At the Centre, they have a habit of beginning lectures with the following statement, "Don't believe anything I tell you, just because I've told you." They go on to explain that anyone who is willing to listen to what they share - the gift from God [according to Kabbalists] known as the Kabbalah - and give what they take from it due empirical consideration as they walk through life will see that the message of the Kabbalah does "take place or prove true". [For this Christian writer, it took five years - from 1992 to 1997 - of exactly this nature of empirically "testing" what he could take from the message of the Kabbalah for him to fully "buy in" to it. Now he does so wholeheartedly as it continues to prove true, from his point of view.]
According to Kabbalists, the truth of God's message - provided by the Bible and explained more fully by the Kabbalah - plays out in the continuing formation of reality. In this Age of Aquarius, anyone yearning to truly understand God's message is ready for the knowledge and empowerment [and with it responsibility] provided by the Kabbalah.
This is a great time to be alive. Perhaps, it is no coincidence that the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Nag Hammandi Scripts have been discovered in this Age of Aquarius, restoring lost accuracy to currently available Bible translations. [The previously mentioned NRSV and the NAB, New American Bible, are two great examples of this.]
In this writer's opinion, the Christian concept [and Book] of Revelation is worthy of at least one article [or a series of articles, with a lively exchange of ideas to give it shape] on it's own. Once again, thank you for reading and responding, Rik!