In our day there is a lot of conflict — both inside the church and outside the church — about origins. How did we and everything else get here?
Below is a helpful chart to analyze the main competing theories. It does not list exhaustive criteria but it captures the key points that are necessary to assess which concept is true.
Continue reading Creation Theories Compared
Why God is Not the Author or Chargeable Cause of Sin
Taken from A New Systematic Theology of the Christian Faith by Robert L. Reymond, 2nd Ed. 1997, 372-77.
If God has decreed all that comes to pass, and if God, by his most holy, wise, and powerful providence, governs all his creatures and all their actions in order to accomplish his own holy ends, how is one to understand all this so that God is not made the author of sin and man is left responsible?
Continue reading Theodicy
The foregoing material demonstrates that God has revealed himself in his Word which is necessary, inspired, authoritative, sufficient, and clear; this Word, the Bible, is self-authentifying so it does not depend on an outside source for its authority. God promised to preserve this Word for all future generations and providentially did so. God predicted there would be times when prophesy would be absent and ultimately a time when prophesy would cease. All of these conclusions are drawn from his own statements which we know are true because God cannot lie.
The reactions to and implications of these teachings are multifold. As we have done throughout this study we will turn to the pages of God’s Holy Scripture to see how to respond to these reactions and process the implications. Continue reading Details of the Canon, part 4
This is the third in a set of articles that builds on the previous set which explained 1) we need God to reveal himself, 2) he has revealed himself in the Bible, and 3) the Bible is necessary, inspired, authoritative, self-authentifying, sufficient, clear, and final.
The last segment clarified why we are sure today’s Bible has been transmitted to us without error. One further question remains, “Are there additional revelations which came later than the 1st century or outside of Palestine and should also be considered God’s Word?” Stated another way, “The Bible may well inerrantly and completely transmit God’s revelation in its place and up to the time of Jesus’ immediate disciples, but could there be other revelation which God gave at other places and in latter times?”
The answer was already hinted at in points (E) and (I) of the outline in the previous article. Since this is such a vital issue we will delve into more detail here. Continue reading Details of the Canon, part 3
This is the second in a set of articles that builds on the previous set which explained 1) we need God to reveal himself, 2) he has revealed himself in the Bible, and 3) the Bible is necessary, inspired, authoritative, self-authentifying, sufficient, clear, and final.
The last segment clarified why we assert the Bible is God’s Word. At this point it is salutary to consider the fact that the Bible has been transmitted to us intact thus it is valid to assert that the Bible we have today is God’s Word. Continue reading Details of the Canon, part 2
In a previous set of articles I explained 1) we need God to reveal himself, 2) he has revealed himself in the Bible, and 3) the Bible is necessary, inspired, authoritative, self-authentifying, sufficient, clear, and final. As I speak on this topic with neighbors I realize that several facets need to be expanded in more detail.
Specifically, the Bible’s inspiration, preservation, and finality are questioned in the form of statements such as, “Why is the Bible called God’s Word?”, “How do we know that the Bible we have today is the correct and complete collection of God’s revelation to man?”, “Why is the Bible God’s final revelation to man? are you saying he is silent today?” Continue reading Details of the Canon, part 1
In the previous two articles we have seen that we need God to speak & he has spoken, and the written record of his speaking is inspired. Here we will explore the attributes or characteristics of God’s Written Word — the Bible. Continue reading Why We Need and Read The Bible, part 3
In the previous article we explored the Fact of Divine Revelation: God must speak and has spoken in order for us to know him, know our world, and know ourselves. The critical means of Revelation is Verbal, as recorded in the Bible. Below we will explore the inspired nature of God’s Verbal Revelation to man. [The general outline for this discussion is adapted from Robert Reymond’s New Systematic Theology of the Christian Faith, Part I; which is of course framed by the Westminster Confession of Faith Chapter I.] Continue reading Why We Need and Read The Bible, part 2
People everywhere seek answers to the big questions of life: where did I come from? where am I going? what is the meaning and purpose of my existence? We innately know that these answers are available somewhere, but where! Enter the doctrine of Revelation—the starting point for all religion. God speaks to mankind to answer these questions (and others) and that revelation has been written down. Those sacred writings are termed “Scripture” (literally, ‘writings’), hence the convergence of terminology between “Revelation” and “Scripture”. As we’ll see in the material that follows, for mankind to know God it is necessary for God to reveal himself, God has revealed himself, and that revelation is recorded finally, authoritatively, & inerrantly in the Bible. This is why we need and read the Bible which is the only rule given to direct us how we may glorify and enjoy God forever. Continue reading Why We Need and Read The Bible, part 1