May 11 2005
I originally wrote much of this last May, but today, listening to Charles Stanley, a conservative Scriptural teacher, his message helped to ‘clarify’ what I was trying herein to present.
Scofield has a saying that is so true: “Anything may be proved by the ‘Bible’ is both true and false——true if isolated passages are used; utterly false if the whole divine revelation is in view.” We see over and over, people using “isolated passages” to develop their doctrine, and getting lost, and worse, leading others to be lost. The Bible is inerrant and absolute truth—-man in our errant pride can ‘misinterpret.’ In reading the Bible, we need to be sure we are referencing properly ‘in context’ to what the Scriptures are presenting. I believe the key word above is God’s Laws, which are the 10 Commandments—-and we need to separate them from the Mosaic Laws of Israel. Then, this title becomes more manageable, and we can discuss more in the context of how it relates to the ‘believer today.’
First and foremost, I believe we need to make clear that the only absolute authority on which to base our truth is the Bible. Some of the things (certainly not the only things) that struck my heart in relation to helping me to see the Bible as God’s revelation of Himself to His creation, and thus being His inerrant and infallible Word, and the only source of ‘absolute truth’ are: 1. The Bible is one book. 2. From Genesis the Bible bears witness to one God. 3. Whenever He speaks or acts, He is consistent with Himself, and with the total revelation of Him. 4. The Bible forms one continuous story—the story of humanity in relation to God. 5. The Bible hazards the most unlikely predictions concerning the future, and when the centuries have brought around the appointed time, records their fulfillment. 6. The Bible is a progressive unfolding of the truth. Nothing is told all at once and once for all. The law is, ‘first the blade, then the ear, after that full corn.’ 7. Without the possibility of collusion, often with centuries between, one writer takes up an earlier revelation, adds to it, lays down the pen, and in due time another man moved by the Holy Spirit, and another, and another, add new details till the whole is complete. From beginning to end the Bible testifies to one redemption. From the beginning to the end the Bible has one great theme—the person and work of Jesus Christ. And these writers, some 44 in number, writing through 20 centuries, have produced a perfect harmony of doctrine in progressive unfolding. This is to every candid mind, the unanswerable proof of the Divine inspiration of the Bible.