(back to week 2)

The Bible is the the record of the story and messsage of God.  It is “His story.”  It tells why man was created (to have fellowship with and to glorify God).  It tells the focus of history (Jesus) and it tells the final outcome of history.  There are practical tips on how to live a good life and have harmony with other people.  But ultimately, it’s God’s story.

Our sourcebook, the Bible, is not the product of one man’s dream, observations or fertile imagination.  The Bible was written by men, not given as stone or gold tablets to be translated.  There were stone tablets (the 10 commandments),  given to Moses by God, but those tablets were broken, and Moses wrote the copy that the people learned from. So all the Bible was written by a man, but all of it under the inspiration of God. It is God-breathed (read 2 Tim 3:16)

The common word in use today is inerrant, but the careful words, the more proper usage, is that scripture is “without any mixture of error, for its matter” in its substance.

This section affirms that scripture is “the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and religious opinions should be tried.”  That means we can use commentaries by Bible scholars, but ultimately, the Bible becomes its own commentary, for if any interpretation contradicts another part of the Bible, the interpretation is wrong.

And therein lies a warning:  if there is a difference of opinion between what the commentary or even a preacher says, the decision always falls with the literal reading of the Bible.  1 John 4:1-6 advises that some preachers may try to change the Gospel, but, wherever possible, we let the Bible speak for itself. It is the only authority for our faith, an authority we cherish.

Week 3:  The person of God


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