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cartoon by David Hayward, (nakedpastor) http://mail.nakedpastor.com

Let’s speak about how our view of the God and our view of the Bible are enmeshed.

Right here is one instance.

In case your dominant imaginative and prescient of God is of a sovereign king, enthroned above, who communicates to his topics by way of written decrees mediated to impressed males borne alongside by God’s spirit to insure the accuracy of the divine oracles, you’ll probably describe the Bible as essentially: traditionally correct, logically consistant, self-evidently divine, inerrant, absolutely and completely authoritative in all it teaches.

Sure, definitely, individuals who have a tendency towards this view additionally use different descriptors for God and the Bible, however the view above displays purposeful precedence—particularly when doctrinal disagreements come up.

Information (both biblical or extra-biblical) that appear to problem this description are typically interpreted in such a method as to assist the description, regardless. In any case, since God is what he’s, his phrase will be per that description. Opposite “knowledge” are opposite solely as a result of people understand them by way of their sinful minds and rebellious hearts.

Therefore, disparate historic accounts and divergent theologies are solely alleged to be so, and so are harmonized. Extra compliantENNS_BibleTellsMe passages of Scripture are given precedence and assigned prescriptive worth for figuring out the “nature of Scripture.” Passages, resembling 2 Tim 3:16, are elevated as a super-authoritative customary that trumps any alleged “proof” on the contrary.

Notably tough challenges are both tabled till such a time as ample counterarguments might be mustered or marginalized via rhetoric. The first process in such circumstances is to defend the biblical doctrine of Scripture, which finally is a protection of God.

Having mentioned all this, my suspicion is that this case may very well be reversed.

Maybe it’s not the view of God that yields the expectation of Scripture, however the theological want for a sure kind of Scripture that yields a specific view of God.

Ot perhaps a bit of each?

Both method, our view of God and our view of the Bible go hand in hand—taking note of the one will all the time inform us one thing in regards to the different.

**An earlier model of this publish appeared on my previous weblog in April 2012. The view expressed right here ultimately discovered its method int0 The Bible Tells Me So, which I started writing in earnest later that 12 months.**

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