The Canon of Scripture

The Canon of Scripture We usually think of the Bible as one large book. In reality, it is a small library of sixty-six individual books. Together these books comprise what we call the canon of sacred Scripture. The term canon is derived from a Greek word that means “measuring rod,” “standard,” or “norm.” Historically, the […]

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Divine Revelation: Paradox, Mystery, And Contradiction

Divine Revelation: Paradox, Mystery, And Contradiction The influence of various movements within our culture such as New Age, Eastern religion, and irrational philosophy have led to a crisis of understanding. A new form of mysticism has arisen that exalts the absurd as a hallmark of religious truth. We think of the Zen-Buddhist maxim that “God […]

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Divine Revelation

Divine Revelation Everything we know about Christianity has been revealed to us by God. To reveal means “to unveil.” It involves removing a cover from something that is concealed. When my son was growing up, we developed an annual tradition for the celebration of his birthday. Instead of the normal pattern of distributing presents, we […]

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The Use of Scripture in Deciding Doctrinal Controversies

The Use of Scripture in Deciding Doctrinal Controversies It is a familiar assertion of the Roman Catholic Church that Holy Scripture is incapable of deciding doctrinal issues; hence for the establishment and preservation of unity in teaching the Church needs a visible head (caput visibile), a visible vicar of Christ (vicarium Christi), who will determine […]

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The Original Text of Holy Scripture and the Translations

The Original Text of Holy Scripture and the Translations Since Scripture is intended for the use of all Christians, of whatever station, sex, age, etc. (Deut. 6:6–9; Joshua 1:8; Is. 34:16; Neh. 8:2–8; 2 Kings 23:1–2; Luke 16:29 ff.; John 5:39; 20:31; Acts 17:11: “They searched the Scriptures daily”; 2 Thess. 2:15; 1 John 1:4; […]

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The Perspicuity Of Holy Scripture

The Perspicuity Of Holy Scripture According to the Roman doctrine, Scripture becomes clear through the light emanating from the “Church,” that is, from the Pope. According to the doctrine of the “enthusiasts” of all ages, it is illumined by the “inner light,” which is communicated immediately. According to the view of modern theology, the Bible […]

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The Perfection, Or Sufficiency, Of Holy Scripture

The Perfection, Or Sufficiency, Of Holy Scripture Modern theology denies also the perfection, or sufficiency, of Holy Scripture. Zoeckler, for example, asserts concerning the “use of the Bible as normative or judicial authority in doctrinal controversies” that “the possibility must be admitted that the appeal to Scripture very often results in a partial and incomplete […]

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The Divine Efficacy Of Holy Scripture

The Divine Efficacy Of Holy Scripture The modern theologians, who refuse to “identify” Scripture with the Word of God, not only give Scripture, God’s own and inviolable Word, all sorts of abusive names (“paper pope,” “a codex of laws fallen from heaven,” etc.), but they also ascribe to the Scriptures evil results, which they comprehend […]

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The Divine Authority of the Holy Scriptures

The Divine Authority of the Holy Scriptures Holy Scripture possesses divine authority, that is, in all that it says it is entitled to the same faith and obedience that is due God. We have seen that Christ and His Apostles took this position toward the Scripture of the Old Testament (Luke 24:25): “O fools and […]

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Bible Bibliography

BIBLE BIBLIOGRAPHY Krause, Martin. “Koptische Literatur.” In Lexikon der Agyptologie, vol. 3, ed. Wolfgang Helck and Wolfart Westendorf, cols. 694-728. Wiesbaden: Otto Harrassowitz, 1980. Metzger, Bruce M. The Early Versions of the New Testament: Their Origin, Transmission, and Limitations. Oxford: Clarendon Press: 1977. —— . “New Testament, Coptic Versions of the.” In CE, vol. 6, […]

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