… and behold, the star which they had seen in the East went before them, till it came and stood over where the young Child was.” (Matthew 2:9)
I was at the home of an unbelieving relative some time ago, when I picked up this book, in which was written, something to the effect, “The star that guided the wise men to Jesus was but one of many stars in the sky. There are many stars in the sky, and therefore many ways to get to God, not just Jesus. We each need to ‘find our star’ and follow it.”
That is an example of outright bad theology. It is to negate the entire teaching of the New Testament, which clearly states that there is but One way to get to God, through Jesus Christ. It only shows us what can happen when someone **willfully** takes the word of God out of context (the person who wrote that would have easily read that their “understanding” of this star concept denied the rest of Scripture).
These teachers “profess themselves to be wise” but have “become fools,” as the Bible says (Romans 1:22). They have “exchanged the truth of God” for a lie.” (Romans 1:25) They are those, who, as some have said, hold to the “spot theory” of the inspiration of the Scriptures — a theory which goes something like this: “The Bible is inspired in spots, and I am inspired to ‘spot the spots’!” How foolish!
When we tamper with the Scriptures, we do so to our own destruction, as the apostle Peter has written. Incidentally, what he has written is the **corrected** form of those who aspire to the so-called “spot theory” of the inspiration of the Scriptures. It is, for lack of better definition, the “spotless truth” concerning the matter, in which we are commanded by God, through the Scriptures, to be found “without spot and blameless” at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
“Therefore, beloved, looking forward to these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, without spot and blameless; and account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation – as also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given to him, has written to you, as also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which those who are untaught and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures.” (2 Peter 3:14-16).
Far from embracing the so-called “spot theory” of the inspiration of the Scriptures, may we rather make it our point to be found spotless in Him, embracing the **whole** counsel of God, and not just “parts here and there,” as some do — to their own destruction!
“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
Are you complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work? Read, study, and practice the Scriptures, and, as the Bible says, you will be!