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The Bible (1) - Questions

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Now that the Bible can be found on devices, do you read it more than when the Bible was only in book form? Do you prefer to read it in book form or on a device? What are the advantages of both?

How have you seen the Bible being attacked in our society?

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Genesis 3:1-7
 
Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?”
 
The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’”
 
“You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
 
When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.

When Satan attacked God's Word in the Beginning, it followed this pattern:

  1. Doubt 
  2. Denial
  3. Deception
  4. Destruction

How do you see that pattern at work in our society? In your life?

Over the course of the next month or so, we will be looking at the process of Biblical revelation under these headings:

  1. Inspiration & Composition
  2. Compilation & Preservation
  3. Translation & Illumination
  4. Interpretation & Application

INSPIRATION

2 Timothy 3:16-17

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
 
2 Peter 1:20-21

Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation of things. For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God  as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.

The following get at the nature of Biblical in-spiration. What does each mean?

  1. Divine not Artistic
  2. Verbal not just Individual
  3. Partnership not Dictation (Fully Human & Divine - Written and Living Word)

The following get at the results of Biblical in-spiration. What does each mean?

  1. The Bible is not our word about God (Human Reflection), but God's Word to us (Divine Revelation)
  2. The Bible is trustworthy (Infallible and Inerrant)
  3. The Bible is necessary
  4. The Bible is sufficient

How does this statement clarify what is and what is not Biblical inerrancy? 

CHICAGO STATEMENT OF BIBLICAL INERRANCY

Article XIII.

WE AFFIRM the propriety of using inerrancy as a theological term with reference to the complete truthfulness of Scripture.

WE DENY that it is proper to evaluate Scripture according to standards of truth and error that are alien to its usage or purpose. We further deny that inerrancy is negated by Biblical phenomena such as a lack of modern technical precision, irregularities of grammar or spelling, observational descriptions of nature, the reporting of falsehoods, the use of hyperbole and round numbers, the topical arrangement of material, variant selections of material in parallel accounts, or the use of free citations.

SMALL GROUP BIBLE READING CHALLENGE

Read the Essential 100 as a Small Group - Partner together to encourage each other and hold each other accountable 

Karl House