LISTEN: Did God Really Make Everything? Part 3; Theology of the Synoptics, Part 3 (The Study of God #36 with Daniel Whyte III)

Daniel Whyte III
Daniel Whyte III

Today’s passage of Scripture is John 4:24 which reads: “God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.”

Today’s words from a theologian are from Origen. He said: “For whatever be the knowledge which we are able to obtain of God, either by perception or reflection, we must of necessity believe that He is by many degrees far better than what we perceive Him to be.”

Our first topic for today is titled “Did God Really Make Everything? (Part 3)” from the book, “Understanding Theology in 15 Minutes a Day” by Dr. Daryl Aaron.

— The Purpose of God in Creation

God’s purpose in creation is also clear. He made everything for his glory, and in this sense all creation is first and foremost theocentric—about God. But it is likewise proper to say he made everything for humans, for us to live and thrive. Our environment provides air to breathe, water to drink, food to eat; planet earth is precisely the right distance from the sun for a life-conducive temperature range (though we in Minnesota sometimes wonder about this in the winter).

Our second topic for today is titled “Theology of the Synoptics (Part 3)” from “The Moody Handbook of Theology” by Dr. Paul Enns.

— Modern Developments

Modern critical theories have arisen in which attempt is made to explain the human origin and production of the gospel writings. While this methodology can have some validity and some conservative scholars employ these critical studies to understand the biblical records, there are inherent dangers. The explanations given here are a general explanation; they can be given a more liberal or a more conservative slant, depending on the writer.

Historical criticism. When the text is obscure, scholars attempt to discover “what actually happened” to help clarify the narrative. This is done by noting discrepancies in parallel accounts, examining secular history material, noting whether some events actually happened, recognizing supernatural occurrences (attempt is made to find a natural explanation), “invented” stories by the church, and other methods. A basic problem in historical criticism is that it approaches the Bible like any other book and acknowledges the possibility of error; in this sense it is incompatible with the doctrine of biblical inspiration.

Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.

He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.

He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.