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Statement of Faith - Kyle Malcolm Christian Theology I Nov...

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Kyle Malcolm Christian Theology I Nov. 26, 2007 Statement of Faith I believe that human understanding of God is possible to some extent, though not probable apart from divine revelation (1 Cor. 1:20-21). The purpose of revelation is to glorify God (Ps. 19:1). This revelation from God is personal (Heb. 1:1-2) but is limited in that we cannot know everything about God (Isa. 40:13). God has revealed Himself to all men through His creation which is called general revelation (Psalm 19). All men can see a Creator in creation but they refuse to recognize Him, and in this way all humans can be seen as responsible to God for their actions (Rom. 1:18-20). In addition God has revealed himself through special revelation through many different means (Heb 1:1-2). God has revealed to us that He is completely self-existent (John 5:26), He is unchanging (Ps. 102:25-28), He is eternal (Gen. 1:1), He is outside of but present at every part of space (1 Kings 8:27) and He is fully one being (Deuteronomy 6:4). God has no physical being but is wholly spiritual (John 4:23-24), He is life, and all life proceeds from Him (Ps. 104:24- 30), God knows everything that has and is possible and will happen (Isaiah 41:21-29) and God is totally truthful, in fact He is truth (1 John 5:20). He is holy (Lev 11:44), He is righteous (2 Tim. 4:8), He is loving (1 John 4:8). God is all powerful, he can do anything not contrary to His nature (Jer. 32:17) and He is sovereign, in that all he purposes comes to pass (Eph. 1:11-12). His purposeful will is eternal (Eph 1:4), unchanging (Ps. 33:11), and applies to every event that occurs (Isa. 46:10). God is three persons (Matt. 28:19), yet He is one (Deut. 6:4), each of these three persons is equally God (Rom. 1:7, Philip. 2:10, Acts 5:3-4). I believe that the Bible is the word of God. The Old Testament is God’s inspired word (Deut. 4:1-14) and the New Testament is also inspired by God and is in fact “God breathed” (2 Tim. 3:16-17). Those who wrote the Scriptures were directed by the Holy Spirit (2 Peter 1:21). They wrote God’s special revelation to humanity, describing things that cannot be discovered by human wisdom (1 Cor. 2:13). The Bible is the word of God (1 Thess. 2:13) who is truth, and as such His word is free from error in the original manuscripts. The Bible attests to its own inerrancy (Matt. 5:17-18) As God’s word, the Bible is our highest authority, above tradition and human authority (Mark 7:8-9). Only
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