Posted by Scott Tibbs at 4:00 AM (#)
All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works. -- II Timothy 3:16-17
If you do not get your views on Christian doctrine from the Bible, where do you get your views from? If there is another source, what is that source? Or are you just making it up as you go along?
I have often been accused of being a Bibliolater - that I worship the Bible itself as opposed to the God who provided the Bible to us. I have been accused of not understanding (or even opposing) "the message of Jesus the Nazarene" because I take the Bible too literally. (Because some alleged "adults" are immature children, I do not believe and have never said that every single thing in the Bible should be interpreted literally.)
For these people, I have a question: How and where did you discover "the message of Jesus the Nazarene" if not in the pages of Scripture? What is your source for this phantom message and where can I find it? No one has ever answered that question, because there is no answer to that question. It does not exist.
Let's be brutally honest here. People who reject the authority of the Bible reject the authority God the Father, the deity of Jesus Christ and His divine authority. They have created a fake "jesus" that is no different than an idol of stone or wood that is sitting on a pagan's fireplace or somewhere in his yard. If we are serious about discussing Christian doctrine, if we are serious about knowing what God wants to tell us, the only logical place to go is His Word recorded in the pages of Holy Scripture.
This is basic logic, people. If you want to understand Christian doctrine, the only logical place to go is the Bible. There are many helpful commentaries on Scripture, but they are all inferior to and under the authority of the original source. "Christians" who reject the Bible are not worshiping Jesus Christ at all, and non-Christians who reject Scripture are not speaking of the real Jesus when discussing His supposed "message." They have created a fake "jesus" out of thin air who has nothing to do with the Jesus presented to us in Scripture.
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, Mike Newton said...
"All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works. -- II Timothy 3:16-17"
Considering the hundreds of fatal self-contradictions found throughout the bible, I'm more inclined to agreed with Dr. D.W. Moody, so-called "father or fundamentalism," who wrote: "If any part of scripture were untrue, the whole of it went for nothing." To which I say, "Amen!"