Week5_1Chapter_2_Bibliology

Week5_1Chapter_2_Bibliology - CHAPTER II - BIBLIOLOGY The...

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C HAPTER II - B IBLIOLOGY The Doctrine of the Bible I. I NTRODUCTION The relationship that exists between the Bible and Christianity is undisputed among conservative theologians who hold to the historic view of inspiration and biblical authority. Harold Lindsell, who has represented evangelical Christianity as editor of Christianity Today , says, “The Bible is the starting point, or the source, of our religious knowledge.” 1 In making that statement, he was identifying with past generations who held to a similar position on the importance of the Bible. Arthur W. Pink (1886-1952) wrote, Christianity is the religion of a Book. Christianity is based upon the impregnable rock of Holy Scripture. The starting point of all doctrinal discussion must be the Bible. Upon the foundation of the Divine inspiration of the Bible stands or falls the entire edifice of Christian truth. If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do? (Ps. 11:3). Surrender the dogma of verbal inspiration and you are left like a rudderless ship on a stormy sea, at the mercy of every wind that blows. 2 When Arthur Pink was born, the 1644 public statement by Baptists of their belief in the Bible [below] had been written for nearly two hundred and fifty years. THE 1644 CONFESSION OF THE PARTICULAR BAPTISTS Christianity is as credible as its foundation which is the immutable rock of holy Scripture. But this Book is no natural book, for it claims to be a divine revelation, penned by human authors. As such, the Bible has dual authorship, written by men in their own language, yet the process was supernaturally guided by the Holy Spirit so that both words and messages are without error or mistake. The following rational argument Article 7 . The Rule of this Knowledge, Faith and Obedience, concerning the worship and service of God, and all other Christian duties, is not man’s inventions, opinions, devices, laws, constitutions, or traditions unwritten whatsoever, . . . but onely the Word of God contained in the Canonicall Scriptures [archaiac spelling in original]. Article 8 . In this written Word God hath plainly revealed whatsoever he hath thought needfull for us to know, beleeve, and acknowledge, touching the Nature and Office of Christ, in whom all the promises are Yea and Amen to the praise of God. 3 27
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28 that the Bible is the accurate Word of God is based on the presupposition that there is a God. Since God is what He is—infinite, loving and the Redeemer—we can only expect that a loving and wise God would reveal a plan of redemption to man powerful enough to save him. Since man is what he is—limited, sinful and needy—we can only conclude that he needs a message of help that will meet his need. Therefore, we expect the message of redemption from God that is given to meet the needs of sinful man to be authoritative, accurate and reliable.
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