Name: Edy Mangin Seminar Note 1: Introduction to Christian Doctrines THE DOCTRINE OF THE SCRIPTURE The Christian faith is grounded upon the understanding that there is a God, and God has revealed Himself to man in the Scriptures. We need to search the meaningful authority to prove and to acknowledge the divine authority. But human beings with their darkened minds and limited powers cannot infiltrate the knowledge of God. We have to humbly ourselves and let the Scriptures express themselves since God Almighty has revealed Himself in the Scriptures. The prophets themselves declared that they are not the instigator of the Scriptures.
Preaching that is done for oneself is flat and meaningless. It is only with God that any divine activity is possible. We may study, pray, prepare and preach, but it is God who acts on our behalf that makes preaching effective. In the preaching moment, one must stand and proclaim the word of God. The task of proclamation is “God alone, rather than humans and the human voice, is the prime factor, because God alone... ... middle of paper ... ...eacher, but is done through the word of God.
This primarily means the Bible for some, although as Catholics we accept as equally true the teachings of the Apostles handed down through the bishops and known as Tradition. For both the Bible and Tradition, we believe we must obey because the teachings come from God, not because they are wise, will ensure a long life or prosperity. Christian ethics may be contrasted with Utilitarianism, whose adherents simply "do what works." Utilitarian ethics allowed the Holocaust, slavery, and totalitarian Communism. Because Christians do not believe humans made themselves or occurred "naturally," we do not believe we are free to do whatever su... ... middle of paper ... ...?
Therefore, inspiration refers to the supernatural influence of the Holy Spirit upon the authors of the Bible. These sacred writings, while involve man as an agent, are not based on human initiative. In fact, the prophetic accuracy of Scripture confirms divine initiative because “prophecy never had its origin ... ... middle of paper ... ...s subjective. While negating inerrancy does not directly link individuals and institutions to abandon clearly orthodox matters of doctrine, numerous cases support the argument. Many who have denied inerrancy have stepped into greater theological errors.
If we have other authority that tells us something contradicting it, we must realize that because of the Bible’s sole authority in our lives, it comes before everything else. Because of the Bible’s Godly nature, true Baptists refuse to place any other writings, doctrine, or creeds above it. Sole Authority is easily recognized in the Scriptures. I Timothy 3:16 tells us, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God…” The Bible clearly states that it itself is the very Word of God. And if we believe in a just, righteous, omnipotent God, we must believe and give heed to His words.
Nevertheless, fundamentalist Christians hold that that the Bible is the revealed word of God. Indeed, one of Jesus' closest friends, Peter, wrote, "Above all, you must understand that no prophesy in Scripture ever came from the prophets themselves or because they wanted to prophesy. It was the Holy Spirit who moved the prophets to speak from God." In 2 Timothy 3:16, the apostle Paul reminded Timothy that "all scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realise what is wrong in our lives." It seems that although the writers wrote from their own personal, historical and cultural context and used his own style, each wrote in accordance with God's wishes.
We Can Trust Scriptures vs. Can We Trust Scriptures? For a Christian, Scriptures are the basis of what he believes. Scriptures are inspired by God and one can be sure that Scriptures never lie, because God simply cannot lie. God leads us ONLY to the truth: “But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come” (John 16:13).
Some individuals spoke words that weren’t of God. The context of the Bible allows believers and readers of this text to comprehend if a person is talking for Scripture/God or if it is from their flesh. The divine author of Scripture is a God who speaks nothing but truth and is incapable of speaking lies. 2 verses highlight the truth quality of God and his word. The first verse is Numbers 23:19, “God is not human, that he should lie, not a human being, that he should change his mind.
The Bible will never be able to be put into a beaker and tested so that any individual will be able to see for himself that all that Christians claim to believe is in fact one hundred percent proven fact. There are certain things in life that require faith such as belief in the Bible as divine revelation and faith in God itself. If our faith could be proven then what room would we be leaving for the faith needed for salvation that Jesus talked about. I am glad to have had a chance to rediscover the importance of my faith through this reading assignment.
Which is in its own right a positive to the movement. Bible is used as the center of the Christian faith, however where they went wrong was saying that God is not moving anymore and what we have in this book is all that there is. There is no need for any more revelation because the Bible is complete. Actions will be based on the foundations of the Scriptures and things that do not directly align with this scriptures will not be tolerated. The evangelical movement held to the truth that the Bible is the authoritative Word of God.