In a recent four-hour interview with influential podcaster, Joe Rogan, famed Canadian psychologist, Jordan Peterson, had some interesting comments on the Bible.
The Daily Wire reports that the topic came up because of Dr. Peterson’s recent visit to the Museum of the Bible in Washington, DC, which he called “very cool.”
In the interview, Peterson described the Bible as a category or structure that fundamentally defines our western civilization.
But added this warning.
“If categories just dissolve,” Peterson said, “especially fundamental ones, the culture is dissolving because the culture is a structure of category. That’s what it is.”
And this is what we are witnessing today as those on the extreme left try to dismantle society by focusing their attack on the west’s Christian foundation.
But Peterson didn’t stop with that, he seemed to suggest that the Bible is the ultimate truth.
“And so it isn’t that the Bible is true,” Peterson said, “it’s that the Bible is the precondition for the manifestation of truth, which makes it way more true than just true. It’s a whole different kind of true, and I think this is, I think this is not only literally the case, factually, I think it can’t be any other way.”
Peterson also described a recent conversation he had with his brother-in law, Jim Keller, who he called one of the world’s leading chip designers. Peterson wasn’t exaggerating, as Keller even warrants his own page on Wikipedia.
“I just figured this out this week. The Bible, isn’t a book, it’s a library. It’s a collection of books, Peterson told Rogan. “And so what I figured out was, partly because I was talking to my brother in law, Jim Keller, who’s the world’s greatest chip designer, and has now designed a chip that’s as powerful as the human brain, which is optimized for artificial intelligence learning, by the way. And so I talked to him about that, he said, ‘you heard of the internet?’ I said, ‘Yeah, Jim, I’ve heard of the internet.’ He said, ‘this is way more revolutionary than that.’”
By a collection of books, Peterson means that initially the various chapters of the Bible such as Isaiah and Malachi were written on solitary scrolls, before being incorporated into a single book.
And over the years, the Bible has fundamentally influenced secular writers over the centuries, describing it as a “text upon which other texts depend.”
But now the Bible and truth are under attack.
One of the tricks that the left likes to employ is by adding adjectives to words in order to modify their meaning.
For example, we have the word justice. True justice looks at the issues of a case to determine what is right or wrong.
But by adding adjectives, we end up with terms such as “social justice” or “economic justice” that suggests justice is no longer simply about right or wrong, but now includes fuzzy feelings about financial fairness.
The Bible is very clear that there is nothing wrong with being rich provided a person got it lawfully. And when it comes to justice, the courts were not to favour either the rich or the poor, but to seek the truth.
15 ‘You shall do no injustice in judgment; you shall not be partial to the poor nor defer to the great, but you are to judge your neighbor fairly. (Leviticus 19:15 NASV)
It is easy to feel sorry for a person who is poor and favour them because a rich person won’t miss it. Or to be so intimidated by a wealthy person that they receive preferential treatment because of their lofty position in society.
I did a podcast on social justice if you are interested:
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