Unformatted text preview: rstand why we hold the Bible as the ultimate source of truth.
First of all, it bears witness to the God described above, whose character and creation pass
the “worldview test”. Secondly, we take note that this collection of Biblical books was not
“canonized” in an arbitrary or fickle manner: multiple authors over numerous time periods were
used to convey a coherent message about a God who is triune, perfectly loving, and perfectly just.
Moreover, the Bible was canonized in a democratic fashion, not by political or church fiat. Leaders
wrestled with the usefulness of various books of the Bible by evaluating the core ideas in light of the
message of the Gospel.
It was this process of working through what should be considered part of Holy Scripture that has
lead us to the Bible we use today. We view the Bible to be inspired by God and inerrant in its
message because it affirms the Gospel of Jesus Christ and bears testimony not only to his
sacrificial work on the cross and subsequent resurrection but also to the very saving power that
comes from that sacrifice and resurrection. The Old Testament points to and prophecies of him
and the New Testament fulfills and carries out his message. H OW SHOULD WE READ THE BIBLE? Therefore, how should students in our courses be expected to use the Bible for assignments? First,
students should find the major themes and ideas of Scripture and then from those principles,
evaluate business ideas, scenarios, and situations. This is known as exegesis. On the other hand,
isogesis should be avoided, which involves taking a particular verse from Scripture out of context,
and forcing an application into a business concept or scenario. W HAT ARE THE MAJOR THEMES AND IDEAS OF SCRIPTURE? The following ideas could be said to be the major themes in Scripture: 1) God’s Sovereignty: A sovereign, loving, righteous God existed before time, as a triune
being. God enjoyed perfect fellowship in the presence of God the Father, God the Son, and
God the Spirit, three in one. As such, God didn’t need man; but instead created man as an act
of selfless love.
2) Imago Dei and Free Will: God created man in his own image, giving man the freedom to
choose to love and obey, and to enjoy creativity and ownership in work and life.
3) The Fall and Pride: Man rebelled, choosing the false promise that he could be as powerful
and all knowing as God, and sin, death and evil resulted. Work became hard and painful.
4) Salvation and Faith: Jesus Christ took on flesh to save mankind—fulfilling God’s perfect
sense of love and justice. All who put their faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior will be saved: their sin has been paid for by Christ’s work on the cross. Faith is a major theme of
Scripture—in the Biblical context it means acknowledging that we are not good enough to
earn God’s favor apart from Christ or strong and intelligent enough to do the right things
and overcome evil apart from Christ. In their pride, Adam and Eve made t...
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