“All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness.”
2 Timothy 3:16
Characteristics of the Bible
The Bible has some distinguishing characteristics, and they are visible in texts as:
“The precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart;
The commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes.”
Psalm 19:8 NASB (all quotes)
The Scripture is able to change humans positively: by joy, insights, and even by training.
Holy and True
Short and powerful is the saying of Jesus: “Sanctify them in the truth; Your word is truth.”
The implications of Jesus’s saying is that the word of God is holy and true.
Only holiness can uplift us above ourselves.
Only truth can bring a lasting change.
Jesus himself used the word of the Old Testament in confrontation with the evil one (Matthew 4:4-11). He made the word of God fight for Him, as this word is holy and true. The evil one hates holiness and hates truth, as he is unholy and untrue. And with these negative qualifications he makes life difficult for many individuals, not to say hard and cruel.
Necessity of the Bible
Jeremiah declared: “The (human) heart is more deceitful than all else, and is desperately sick. Who can understand it?” (17:9)
Even our own heart we don’t understand and it is often uncontrollable. Therefore it is a privilege to give the seat of our heart to God, to make it firm and steady. That’s evangelical faith.
This is only possible if we have discovered that the word of God is holy and true, that can work for us while God is present. “Who has seen Me, has seen the Father,” Jesus declared. As soon as we understand that we can know Jesus through his words, we begin to rise, out of confusion. Listening to his words, is listening to Him.
However, in the 20th century the secularization of the Church began, along with the urge in theology to make the Bible to a secular book (not holy, not true). A series of misconceptions came to life in theology.
Misconceptions of Our Forefathers
The apostles would have written the gospels at the end of their lives after the period of apostolic preaching, a period of oral tradition which caused many changes entering into the stories of Jesus.
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