LISTEN: Did God Really Make Everything? Part 2; Theology of the Synoptics, Part 2 (The Study of God #35 with Daniel Whyte III)

Daniel Whyte III
Daniel Whyte III

Today’s passage of Scripture is Luke 17:20-21 which reads: “And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.”

Today’s words from a theologian are from Norman Geisler. He said: “All views can’t be true because all views are opposite; this is the logical aspect. For example, Islam says we are good in nature; Christianity says we are born in sin. Islam says God is a man; Christianity says He is more than a man, He is God. All truths can’t be the same.”

Our first topic for today is titled “Did God Really Make Everything? (Part 2)” from the book, “Understanding Theology in 15 Minutes a Day” by Dr. Daryl Aaron.

One implication of note is that God is ultimate reality. That fact rules out a worldview or philosophy known as dualism, which asserts that there are two ultimate realities — for example, spirit and matter. There is nothing higher or of greater value than God, and there is nothing or no one equal to God. He and he alone is worthy of worship.

Further, reflecting his matchless wisdom, God created in the very best way he could have created. Thus Genesis 1 states over and over, “God saw that it was good” and finally, “it was very good.” Out of the nearly infinite number of different possibilities, he chose the one very best way to create; he could not have improved on what he did in any way.

Our second topic for today is titled “Theology of the Synoptics (Part 2)” from “The Moody Handbook of Theology” by Dr. Paul Enns.

What is the relationship of the three gospels to one another? Several theories have been suggested.

Oral Tradition Theory: It was believed that the preaching of the early church provided fixed forms to the life and ministry of Jesus, but there were no written forms behind the Synoptic Gospels.

Interdependence Theory: In 1789, Gries-bach taught that the first writer drew upon oral tradition, the second writer used the material from the first writer, while the third writer drew upon the other two.

Primitive Gospel Theory: In 1778, Lessing taught that the gospel writers borrowed from a primitive source called Ur-evangelium, which no longer exists.

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.