The book is claimed as a scholarly new biography of Israel’s hero that disposes of some familiar stories. Not only is David not a, ‘giant-killer’, but he did not start out as a, ‘shepherd boy’ – are two of the ‘startling conclusions’ that have been arrived at by Steven McKenzie, associate professor of Hebrew Bible at Rhodes College.
One has simply come to expect that the Roman Catholic Church and its press can only espouse nebulous and turbid drivel, spending voluminous time in creating and pedalling endless myths, ungodliness and trash.
It seems that the Roman Catholic Church no longer is content with misinterpreting the clear design of God as laid down in the scriptures but now feels it can ridicule, invalidate and dispense with portions of scripture-God’s infallible word ad infinitum. If they ridicule one part how can they in the next breath justify another. The Church of Rome is espousing theological heresies and scatters forth new revealed understandings, dictating as to what is and is not scripture. God cannot change nor can His word. That would make Him out to be a liar and little more than a pagan god. By what higher authority can Rome claim that scripture is to be viewed so radically and so diametrically opposed to that handed down by the inspired writers of God’s Word. The belief that the Bible is irrelevant and that the Roman Catholic Church feels able to determine scripture to suit the occasion and events of any century, as history clearly records it has, is exemplified in the following passage. (Logically they are destroying claims to their own credibility?)
David Barrett in his article for example states:
‘If you believe in the innerrancy of every word of the Bible, this book will offend you. But if you accept that the Bible was written by a large number of people writing with a specific agenda for a specific audience, and that it was then edited over the centuries to suit fresh agendas, the detective work in this study is fascinating. Steven McKenzie sets out his methodology clearly. One of his main principles is what he calls, "reading against the grain": "when some aspect of the biblical story fits a literary or ideological theme we should be sceptical about its historical value. This particularly applies where the story repeatedly states David’s innocence in regard to a particular accusation. The more the author protests, the more we suspect the charge was true"’.
Further it is stated in the article that:
‘And the biblical accounts protest most of all every time someone inconvenient to David conveniently dies: David was somewhere else at the time, he knew nothing at all about it, when he found out he was horrified and in some cases he had the killers executed. Not just innocent but squeaky clean. McKenzie thinks not, and asks cui bono? "David retained power the same way he got it in the first place – by getting rid of any and all rivals – including his own sons"’.
This must be where the Roman Catholic Church and the Papacy got its idea! McKenzie instead of reading the Bible must have studied a copy of the ‘Papacy’s Biography’ and clearly couldn’t tell the difference. For centuries the Church of Rome has kept the sheep manual from the sheep.
When it is stated that,
"when some aspect of the biblical story fits a literary or ideological theme we should be sceptical about its historical value"
we should apply the same ‘methodology’ to the Pope’s and Roman Catholic Church’s overtures with regard to all that it says about unity, peace, divine rights, love etc. We have heard it all before. But behind the mask nothing changes.
The Bible is so we might know about God and, about man and what God has done for man - that man might know that God keeps his promises and that HIS divine plan of salvation never fails! Yes, it is in one aspect history, and yet its reality is living to those who truly know and believe. The recurring deceptions throughout the history of the Roman Catholic Church enable us to be more than sceptical about its spiritual, political and historical value! While one hand is held out, the other behind its back holds thirty pieces of silver!
It is hogwash recoct! Or as Jeremy Bentham (1748–1832) would say of such preposterousness:
‘It is not simple nonsense. It is not rhetorical nonsense. It is nonsense upon stilts!
The Catholic Bible contains many errors, its Ten Commandments for one – the jettisoning of the second commandment. This suits their idolatrous money making activities and distracts souls from Gods law about idol worship, the serious effects of which are shown throughout the Bible. Now it would appear that it has some errors in 1 Samuel and 2 Samuel, for there is no ambiguity in the King James Bible concerning the characters and activities in these two passages as they feel there is in theirs.
Clearly this book and the article about the book show that the persons behind them have no understanding let alone a relationship with the creator God and thus both also have no benefit to the Christian saved by grace alone and who walks with his Lord.
‘And so McKenzie examines the events themselves rather than the spin the author has put on them; what he ends up with, he says, "is not an exact recounting of history but…..a plausible tale".’
He evidently has stumbled off those stilts!