2 Peter 1:16 (KJV)
For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty.
I take it that people even then (though some today claim they were all ignorant and superstitious) recognized that there were some cunningly devised fables existing in their day.
- The fable of polytheism
- The fable of pantheism
- The fable of Apotheosis (worshiping kings and sovereigns)
- The fable of ancestor worship
These and many others were in full swing in the times of Peter’s writing. That he would say the faith of Christianity is not a cunningly devised fable assumes that his readers could have identified many of them.
Something that is cunningly devised is not innocent. It is malicious. It is schemed to deceive and to damage those who swallow it. It is meticulously formulated for the purpose of luring people into it. It is false It is of the devil.
The faith of the Christian is the opposite of all that is cunningly devised.
- It is honest, coming from eyewitnesses
- It is heavenly, pleasing to God the Father
- It is sure, delivered to us from men of God
2 Peter 1:16 (KJV) Cunningly Devised Fables
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