Do you believe the bible is the inerrant word of God?
What do you believe about the Bible? Do you believe that it is the inerrant word of God? I appreciate...
...the verses you put in your statement of faith, but wonder what you mean when you say, “God speaks to us in the Bible” and refer to it as “God’s unchangeable biblical message”. These are vague statements, open to various erroneous interpretations.
“The prophet who has a dream may relate his dream, but let him who has My word speak My word in truth. What does straw have in common with grain?" declares the Lord.” – Jeremiah 23:29. Isaiah 55:8-13 reminds us that God’s ways are infinitely higher than yours or mine, Brian, and that His word is guaranteed to bear fruit. You and I can’t say that about our thoughts and words! So it is a concern to me that so few of God’s words are in your content – so much chaff and little grain to feed on.
You also seem to qualify much of what you say so that it is not direct or clear. This stands in sharp contrast with God’s word. It has the ‘certainty of words of truth’ (Proverbs 22:21) and is ‘straightforward to him who understands’ (Proverbs 8:9). Notwithstanding the beautiful mystery that exists in parts of God’s word, He is always direct and clear with us regarding our obedience to Him.
I noticed you have a presentation entitled, “What to Do With the Bible Other Than Study or Preach It”. The Bible commands us to hear, read, study, memorize, meditate on, and preach His word, all with the goal of obedience (James 1:22-25). I would certainly hope that you are not dismissing the importance of study (2 Timothy 2:15) and preaching (2 Timothy 4:2).
I want to encourage you to be more faithful to the Word! I sincerely hope that I am incorrect in my observations about this!
In reference to the 4th paragraph, do believe that the Bible is God’s primary means of speaking to us, or one of several, equally valid and valuable ways that God speaks to us?
Answer: Thanks for your note, and your concern. About your last question, I believe the Bible is uniquely authoritative for Christians. Nearly every Sunday for over twenty years I have preached sermons at my church (and elsewhere) that are deeply rooted in Scripture. Some of them are available at the Cedar Ridge website. This is probably the best answer to your question. I intentionally avoid including a lot of Biblical references in my writing because the method of “proof-texting” is terribly problematic. Yes – it can show the Biblical roots beneath a statement, but it also can be used to give the appearance that a statement is supported by Biblical authority when it isn’t. I have a chapter on my view of Scripture in “A Generous Orthodoxy.” Perhaps it would be reassuring to you. But again, my many years of preaching would be the best answer to your question, as would my daily life, which – though far from perfect – is lived in the light of Scripture.