Word of God - Geisler

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A Religion Profile from International Students, Inc. Characteristics That Must Be True of God’s Word, But Could Also Be True of a Human Book 1. The Bible Claims to Be God’s Word A. The Authors Claimed to Speak God’s Words Much of the Bible was written by prophets of God. The prophet was someone who was to say exactly what God told him to say, no more and no less. Jeremiah was commanded: “This is what the L ORD says: Stand in the courtyard of the L ORD ’s house and speak to all the people. ..Tell them everything I command you; do not omit a word” (Jer. 26:2). The prophet was to speak “everything the L ORD had said” (Ex. 4:30). Throughout the Scriptures, moreover, the authors, whether they were called prophets or not, claimed to be under the direction of the Holy Spirit: “Prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit” (2 Peter 1:21; cf., 2 Sam. 23:2; Matt. 22:43). B. The Bible Claims to Be “Breathed Out” By God Writing about the entire Old Testament, the apostle Paul declared: “All Scripture is God-breathed ” (2 Timothy 3:16; emphasis added). Jesus described the Scriptures as the very “word that comes from the mouth of God ” (Matt. 4:4; emphasis added). C. The New Testament Was Seen As Being Revealed Scripture As Well When the New Testament authors used the word “Scripture” they usually had the Old Testament in mind, since the New Testament was still in the process of being written. Nevertheless, they were also well aware that Jesus had told the apostles that the Holy Spirit would continue the process of inspiring new Scripture (John 14:26; 16:13). Paul, for example, understood that his writings were “words taught by the Spirit” (1 Cor. 2:13; see also Gal. 1:11-12; 1 Thess. 2:13; 2 Peter 3:15-16), and he taught that God was continuing the process of revelation in others as well (Eph. 3:4-5). 1 How Can We Know the Bible Is the Word of God? The Question Posed Christians claim the Bible is God’s Word. That means that they believe the Bible is a verbal revelation from God that makes it unique from every other book. But how can such a claim be verified? First, we would expect certain things to be true about a book from God. Such characteristics might also be true about humanly-authored books, but we would expect that, at the very least, they would be true about God’s book. Such characteris- tics would include the following: It would claim to be God’s Word. It would be historically accurate when it speaks on historical matters. Its authors would be trustworthy. It would be thematically unified and without contradictions. We would have received accurate copies of the original manuscripts. Second, because God is unique, His book would bear
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This note was uploaded on 07/12/2011 for the course PHIL 104 B taught by Professor Aidoo during the Spring '11 term at Liberty.

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