[b-hebrew] What the Torah teaches us

Shoshanna Walker rosewalk at concentric.net
Sat Oct 29 21:57:24 EDT 2005

How could you say that?  Do you know all of the Oral Torah that was 
written down?  Some of it is extremely detailed in such matters as 
you describe below, and you can refer to the writings of Aryeh 
Kaplan, some of which demonstrate how advancing science is revealing 
truths that were long ago revealed by Oral Torah.



Even if you include all the Oral Torah as part of God's
revelation, it still does not teach exhaustive truth.

Even for a past event, in this case the creation, Torah
does not report all the details of the creation, the
incredible and irreduceable complexity of all life, the
Krebs cycle within the cells, the organelles which are still
"black boxes" where, in spite of the efforts of researchers,
they still don't know what goes on in them, and so forth.
All life is to reproduce "after its own kind" but it doesn't
explain the actions of the DNA, nor the other bio-chemical
machinery that regulates such replication, nor does it
even define what a "kind" is and how it differs from

In short, while the text clearly teaches that God created the
universe, and that within six literal days, it leaves out most
of the details. Hence true truth, but not exhaustive truth.

Karl W. Randolph.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Shoshanna Walker" <rosewalk at concentric.net>
> Actually it does, but the written Torah is only part of the Torah -
> all of it together, teaches exhaustive truth.
> Shoshanna
> Francis Schaeffer probably had the best answer, in his
> claim that while the Bible teaches true truth, it does not
> teach exhaustive truth.
> A modern example, I can say "the car went down the
> road." While that is true, it does not say how fast, who
> drove it, whether it is a steam, electric or gas car, what
> color it is, and any number of other truths about the car
> going down the road.

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