Oct 18, 2018



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Robert Kimball
Do My Prophets No Harm: Revelation and Religious Liberty in the Bible
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Summary: A foundational law promoting worship of the God of the exodus (the Decalogue's first commandment) has little meaning without a government policy permitting such worship. Robert Kimball Shinkoskey discusses policies in the Bible which enact freedom of religion for prophets and other dissidents who work to restore worship of the God of their ancestors. In the process, he challenges the theological idea of the cessation of prophecy. New revelation from God is necessary to rescue ancient Israel from backsliding and restore her to a place of security and tranquility in a Mediterranean world gone mad with imperial war-making. Continuing or cessation of prophecy? That is the question. As an advocate of continuing prophecy beyond the Bible, the author suggests that the canon of sacred history is never closed. However, rather than assess the meaning of Jesus' arrival on the prophetic scene as The (continuing) Prophet for this age and future making any other contradicting prophet unbiblical, this author chooses to conclude that many Jewish, Muslim, Christian, and even sectarian writers and philosophers may today contend for the status of prophet for the same God, a proposition that is highly questionable to all three religions. Though he starts with a biblical premise, his conclusions are entirely unbiblical since the only new revelation the nation of Israel can expect has been prophesied by Zechariah with the return of Messiah as one that they already knew, but rejected before (Zech 12:10; Rev 1:7). For a broader perspective, I recommend this book by Garnet Howard Milne, The Westminster Confession of Faith and the Cessation of Special Revelation: The Majority Puritan Viewpoint on Whether Extra-Biblical Prophecy Is Still Possible. On the contentions of status as The final Prophet: By Mark Gabriel, Jesus and Muhammad: Profound Differences and Surprising Similarities. Charisma House, 2004. By Timothy George, Is the Father of Jesus the God of Muhammad? Zondervan, 2002.

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