Revealed words define, clarify, limit, and command. The text of the Bible is that which is inspired and as such is “profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17). Natural revelation—created things—would, therefore, provide only limited insight into truth. So, how must we handle Scripture?
How to Handle Scripture
Final authority would rest in the written revelation that God breathed into a “living” record (1 Peter 1:23) that “shall not pass away” (Mark 13:31). It should follow then that one can only understand the events of creation by revelation, not by discovery. Science cannot duplicate or comprehend creation. Man can merely steward or manage that which is held together by the Creator in longsuffering mercy (2 Peter 3:8-9).
The main proponents of evolutionary naturalism and the associated sociological exponents of that philosophy are atheistic in thinking if not in practice. Modernism, postmodernism, and the many variations of scientism are united in their opposition to the concept of a transcendent Creator God. The very idea of an omnipotent, omniscient Supreme Being is anathema to naturalistic concepts of existence.
The myriad pantheistic and polytheistic religious and spiritual “isms” of history, as well as the New Age proponents of today, all embrace some concept of the existence of eternal matter with long
ages and gradual development of the universe and life. Interestingly, the academic world has begun to entertain spiritual interpretations of naturalistic science as the evidence for complexity and design grows more and more obvious. Yet most academics still cling to evolutionary cosmologies because they cannot accept an omnipotent and omniscient Creator.
Handling the actual texts of Scripture, then, becomes fundamentally important.
- Are the written words of the book of Genesis to be treated as historical narrative?
- Are the biblical writers who comment on the creation account to be taken literally?
- What does inspiration require?
- What liberties are allowed in interpreting the text?
- Do extrabiblical data have superiority over the text?
- Should the words, the context, and the multiple passages that give the same message be taken at face value?
- Or is there liberty to alter the understanding of what is written in order to conform to some other standard?
While a sizeable portion of Christianity does not endorse any sort of plenary, verbal view of inspiration, posts on this blog will insist that the words of Scripture—God’s words—hold sway over the opinions and musings of those who do not believe that God has revealed absolute, unalterable truth.
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