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The B-I-B-L-E

2 Timothy 3:16

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,

Before anyone writes that Paul was referring to the Old Testament when he wrote this – I might agree with you that Paul may not have had a concept of the New Testament – but my view is that Paul and the other authors of the Bible wrote by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit and God knew all about what was to come and how we would read it!

In Wesleyan churches – of which the United Methodist Church is one – we have something called the Wesleyan Quadrilateral.  Obviously there are four elements to this quadrilateral – namely Scripture – tradition – experience and reason.  This is a method used to understand God and God’s will and word for us.

Reason is the mind that God has given us to think and process information.  Experience is about the life we have lived – what we have learned through the trials and events of life.  Tradition is the history or collective experiences of the church – the culture – those who have gone before us.  Scripture of course is the Word of God – the infallible – inspired – inerrant word of God.

Scripture is seen as primary or the given.  The other three are supposed to be used to understand the base – the primary.  What some do not grasp – IMHO – is that if our reason, experience and the traditions of others differ with the Scriptures – Scripture trumps all three because it is primary.  If we have trouble understanding a Biblical concept – that does not invalidate the concept.

For instance – if the Bible says it is wrong to wear red – but our mind doesn’t see it that way – our experience says that we have known good people who wore read and there is even a tradition of good people wearing red – it is still wrong to wear red – because the Bible says so!  Does that make sense?

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.

The Bible warns us about using our own thinking above the Scriptures.  We can make most anything seem right if we think about it long enough – if we rationalize things.

Colossians 2:8 – See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ.

2 Timothy 4:3 – For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.

A song we use to sing – that is still on the mark today goes like this (sing as you read if you know the tune): The B-I-B-L-E – yes that’s the book for me – I stand alone on the Word of God – the B-I-B-L-E!

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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June 27, 2011 Posted by | Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Theology | , , , , | Leave a comment


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