Authority of the Holy Bible

@whacks (774)
Philippines
March 5, 2007 7:28pm CST
(1) The sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments are the clear, infallible revelation of God's will and His salvation. The Bible is the Word of God, and it alone is the standard by which all teaching and experience must be tested (2 Tim. 3:15, 17; Ps. 119:105; Prov. 30:5, 6; Isa. 8:20; John 17:17; 2 Thess. 3:14; Heb. 4:12). (2) Scripture is an authentic, reliable record of history and God's acts in history. It provides the normative theological interpretation of those acts. The supernatural acts revealed in Scripture are historically true. For example, chapters 1-11 of Genesis are a factual account of historical events. (3) The Bible is not like other books. It is an indivisible blend of the divine and the human. Its record of many details of secular history is integral to its overall purpose to convey salvation history. While at times there may be parallel procedures employed by Bible students to determine historical data, the usual techniques of historical research, based as they are on human presuppositions and focused on the human element, are inadequate for interpreting the Scriptures, which are a blend of the divine and human. Only a method that fully recognizes the indivisible nature of the Scriptures can avoid a distortion of its message. (4) Human reason is subject to the Bible, not equal to or above it. Presuppositions regarding the Scriptures must be in harmony with the claims of the Scriptures and subject to correction by them (1 Cor. 2:1-6). God intends that human reason be used to its fullest extent, but within the context and under the authority of His Word rather than independent of it. (5) The revelation of God in all nature, when properly understood, is in harmony with the written Word, and is to be interpreted in the light of Scripture. For information and guidance of those concerned.
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@luzamper (1360)
• Philippines
6 Mar 07
It's a very good information. Let those who do not believe the Holy Bible do their way. I hope that more people will believe in God and the Holy Bible as the word of God which is the truth. We could not be here without God, all of us are His creation.
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• Philippines
6 Mar 07
I believe in God and the Holy Bible as the word of God. Thanks a lot for this affirmation. I hope people would study these carefully so that they may have guidance, the proper guidance to believe God. But if they don't like, let them because we have the freedom of choice.
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@Stringbean (1273)
• United States
6 Mar 07
I agree with everything you have said, but I'm afraid there are many people here on myLot who will disagree with you. Every time I quote the Bible as my reason for believing something, I have people telling me I am stupid, and that the Bible is a bunch of lies made up by men, etc. Well, they haven't changed my mind one bit, so just keep on letting people know the truth. Maybe some of it wil sink in one of these days. Sadly, it will probably come back to haunt them when it is too late do do anything about the way they have lived and how what they have believed. Thanks for sharing.
• United States
6 Mar 07
i will stand united with you Bible believing people because i am one.i don't think its a bit stupid and people that criticize need to be careful about how they speak against God word.
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• New Zealand
6 Mar 07
Do feel free to sit down Acts! I am wondering, which version of the Bible you are speaking about? There are enough versions and interpretations of the bible to drown Noah's ark. Without being blasphemous, god should have dealth with this petty stuff
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• Philippines
6 Mar 07
It's a great information for everybody, believers as well as unbelievers. All of us should study what the Holy Bible is all about and take all things into consideration and understand the whole counsel of God; otherwise, it will be all mixed-mixed and we won't understand anything.
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@Acts238girl (2088)
• United States
6 Mar 07
thats beautiful.its really inspiring.thanks for sharing.
@pilbara (1436)
• Australia
6 Mar 07
I'm sorry but although I am a Christian I will have to disagree with you. Firstly there is evidence that more than 66 books were written, the bible was standardised in medieval times and they decided which gospels would stay in and which wouldn't. Since no-one has actually seen those texts then we cannot make any judgements about what they contained or how beneficial or not they would be. Secondly there are many versions now, translations and updates so sometimes things get lost that way. Thirdly the bible is often contradictory, and provides bad example for example we are instructed to forgive but the bible often shows God himself as unforgiving, for example some young children laugh at a prophet for being bald so god sends a group of bears to tear them all to pieces. Pretty harsh I feel. The 10 commandments are shown in the old testament, but Jesus appears to supercede these with a single commandment in the new testament.
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• Philippines
6 Mar 07
Firstly, there are really more than 66 books written, and in fact if books were all written, the world will not be able to contain it (John 21:25). But the message of God is salvation and so those that do not pertain to salvation were no longer included. Secondly, yes there are many versions now and I am a translator of the Word of God from Greek to English and I have already published GENESIS, EXODUS, LEVITICUS (Greek-English) and THE WILL New Testament (Greek to English) - http://www.lulu.com/arseniajoaquin but still the Word of God could never get lost in the way and that's why we have to study and search for the truth that I am presenting translations and not versions. Thirdly, the Holy Bible is never contradictory and it never provided bad examples - your example shows how God punishes those who mock Him and disobey Him and He will be throwing them into hell on the last day. God is the same yesterday, today, and into the ages. The 10 commandments and all the rest numbering to more than 600 are all included in the 2 commandments in the New Testament - the love of God and the love of neighbor as self. Nothing can be done outside these 2 commandments, try to examine, any act that people do either falls under love of God or love of neighbor.
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@delaney36 (817)
• Philippines
7 Mar 07
I agree to everything you said. It's a shame that the Bible is the most unwanted books by others. They have one in their houses but it's a miracle if they can even open that once a month. I pray that this people's heart will be touch that they may not take the Bible for granted. Good for you to have written this article. God bless you friend!
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• India
7 Mar 07
holy bible is living word of god
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• Philippines
7 Mar 07
HUMAN REASON as a subject to the bible is a very medieval thought... there are reports also that during the olden times there are hundreds if not thousands of gospels/scriptures written and all claiming to be true. and that the bible is another compilation of some SELECTED texts that was created for a certain group of people with the same line of thinking. and just recently the Gospel of Judas was discovered and found to be authentic and was estimated to be written around the 2nd century, the gospel of matthew was estimated to be written around the 1st century or earlier. also our brothers in the Islamic faith believe that the Quoran is the literal Word of God not the Bible. so how can we resolve this great dilemma? do you have any suggestions?
• Philippines
6 Mar 07
And so the people may know. Very good information for people to consider. We cannot really live without God. I believe in God and the Holy Bible as the Word of God. This is a timely post as there are so many here who do not believe in God.
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• United States
6 Mar 07
Dear whacks: You are eminently correct. If human beings would follow the guidelines set forth in the New and Old Testaments, life would improve all over the world. What we have is some people sick with greed, which brings them to an empty end, both while they live and after they die. The rules of behavior set forth in the Bible are the route to true happiness and fulfillment, both personal and for our families, friends and business associates. The best thing is to let people see us in our God loving role every day. By example we can change other people. Every day I ask the Lord to tell me how to help someone somewhere.
• United States
6 Mar 07
i agree and let me say it was a pleasure to read your posting here we need this !
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@sbeauty (5871)
• United States
6 Mar 07
I admire you for standing up for your beliefs here. I've found the mylot community to be a pretty narrow-minded one, many of which are just plain down on Christians. They are so offensive that even though I am proud of my beliefs, I've gotten tired of trying to defend myself. I've decided that if all these people are so blinded by Satan that they can't see the truth, only God is going to be able to help them. They sure don't listen to the rest of us.
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• United States
6 Mar 07
Keep on going, brother! Let not the unbeliever waste your mind space.
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@kulanuwun (1405)
• Indonesia
6 Mar 07
Yup, You are right. I am christian too so I have agree with you. But, I think it was important to strenght our Holy Bible with a lot of fact from another religion and culture. Here a part of similarities of Qur'an and Holy Bible : The Qur'an and Bible posses many similarities as the holy scriptures of Islam and Christianity, respectively. They consists of narratives, teachings, poetry, and rebuking. Many narratives contain the same basic events and figures. They both teach the creation of the world by a single almighty, omniscient God who commands humans to follow value the morality set out for them. However, Christians warn about the danger of comparing the Bible and Qur'an. Muslims believe God dictated every word of the Qur'an and that God has protected the Qur'an from any human possible human mistakes. The Qur'an, therefore, is perfect in every way as God is perfect. Most Muslims believe the Qur'an is applicable to every person regardless of context. Christians believe the Bible is completely true, but in a different way. The Bible is the record of God's revelation to the Jews and through Jesus, not the direct revelation itself. It is written by humans together with God through a process called Divine Inspiration. Therefore, humans may introduce mistakes in the way God's revelation is told but will not mistake any of the truth itself. The closest Christian equivalent to the Qur'an is Jesus himself and the closest equalivalent to the Bible is the hadith. The stories in the Qur'an often contain few details and tend to concentrate more on the moral or spiritual significance of the story. Some Muslims may turn to the Bible to give a fuller picture of the person concerned. However there are guidelines set out in the way Muslims are to understand the Bible, the primary one being that the Qur'an is always more authoritative than the Bible. Therefore, anything in the Bible that agrees with the Qur`an is accepted, and anything in the Bible that disagrees with the Qur`an is rejected. Some things in the Bible are not talked about at all in the Qur`an or in the sunnah; in regards to such passages, Muslims are instructed to neither believe nor disbelieve in them, but they are allowed to read them and pass them on if they wish to do so.
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