The Attributes of the Bible

Aeliana

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To me the number one attribute of the Bible is it's Infallibility. The Bible, in its entirety, has no mistakes. Specifically, in its original autographs it is without errors. In Psalm 19:7 the Bible says of itself, “The law of the Lord is perfect.” It is flawless because it was authored by God—and He is flawless. Therefore, if God wrote the Bible, and if He is the ultimate authority, and if His character is flawless, then the Bible is flawless and is the ultimate authority. You see, the fact that God is perfect demands that the original autograph, the original giving of the Word of God, must also be perfect. So, the Bible is infallible, and that’s the first reason to study it; it is the only Book that never makes a mistake—everything it says is the truth.

So any mistakes that are found or any contradictions or misunderstandings come from humans and our finite minds.
 
Witness of the Spirit - The Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy

Article XVII "We affirm that the Holy Spirit bears witness to the Scriptures, assuring believers of the truthfulness of God’s written Word. We deny that this witness of the Holy Spirit operates in isolation from or against Scripture".
Excellent topic, what better way to start off a Christian forum than with the Bible.


Article XVII attests to the doctrine of the internal testimony of the Holy Spirit. That is to say, our personal conviction of the truth of Scripture rests not on the external evidences to Scripture’s truthfulness in and of themselves, but those evidences are confirmed in our hearts by the special work of God the Holy Spirit. The Spirit Himself bears witness to our human spirits that the Scriptures are indeed the Word of God. Here God Himself confirms the truthfulness of His own Word.

The denial guards against substituting a reliance on the immediate guidance of the Holy Spirit for the content of Scripture itself. The thought behind the denial is that the Holy Spirit normally works in conjunction with Scripture and speaks to us through Scripture, not against Scripture or apart from Scripture. Word and Spirit are to be viewed together, Word bearing witness to the Spirit and being the means by which we test the spirits to see if they be of God (1 John 4:1), and the Spirit working in our hearts to confirm the Word of God to us. Thus, there is reciprocity between Word and Spirit, and they are never to be set over against each other.
R. C. Sproul
 
Witness of the Spirit - The Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy

Article XVII "We affirm that the Holy Spirit bears witness to the Scriptures, assuring believers of the truthfulness of God’s written Word. We deny that this witness of the Holy Spirit operates in isolation from or against Scripture".
Excellent topic, what better way to start off a Christian forum than with the Bible.


Article XVII attests to the doctrine of the internal testimony of the Holy Spirit. That is to say, our personal conviction of the truth of Scripture rests not on the external evidences to Scripture’s truthfulness in and of themselves, but those evidences are confirmed in our hearts by the special work of God the Holy Spirit. The Spirit Himself bears witness to our human spirits that the Scriptures are indeed the Word of God. Here God Himself confirms the truthfulness of His own Word.

The denial guards against substituting a reliance on the immediate guidance of the Holy Spirit for the content of Scripture itself. The thought behind the denial is that the Holy Spirit normally works in conjunction with Scripture and speaks to us through Scripture, not against Scripture or apart from Scripture. Word and Spirit are to be viewed together, Word bearing witness to the Spirit and being the means by which we test the spirits to see if they be of God (1 John 4:1), and the Spirit working in our hearts to confirm the Word of God to us. Thus, there is reciprocity between Word and Spirit, and they are never to be set over against each other.
R. C. Sproul
The Bible is not only infallible in total, but inerrant in all its parts. In Proverbs 30:5–6 it says, “Every word of God is pure.… Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.” So every Word of God is pure and true.

I just so happened to have read RC's book on this topic "Can I trust the Bible"? Very informative as are all of RC's Books even if one is not into Reformed Theology.
 
I recently watched a youtube video by Voddie Baucham title Believing Matters. I don't know if I am allowed to post it or not so won't at this time. It dealt with being able to tell those who question the authority of the Bible what it is we base that on.

In a nutshell, and he expounds profoundly on each point and the video is worth watching;
The Bible is a reliable collection of historical document written by eyewitnesses during the lifetime of other eyewitnesses reporting supernatural events that took place in fulfillment of specific prophecies and claim that their writings are divine rather than human in origin. Voddie fleshes it out beautifully using 2 Peter 1:16-21
 
I recently watched a youtube video by Voddie Baucham title Believing Matters. I don't know if I am allowed to post it or not so won't at this time. It dealt with being able to tell those who question the authority of the Bible what it is we base that on.

In a nutshell, and he expounds profoundly on each point and the video is worth watching;
The Bible is a reliable collection of historical document written by eyewitnesses during the lifetime of other eyewitnesses reporting supernatural events that took place in fulfillment of specific prophecies and claim that their writings are divine rather than human in origin. Voddie fleshes it out beautifully using 2 Peter 1:16-21
You can post the video :)

Is this forum easier for you to work ?
 
I recently watched a youtube video by Voddie Baucham title Believing Matters. I don't know if I am allowed to post it or not so won't at this time. It dealt with being able to tell those who question the authority of the Bible what it is we base that on.

In a nutshell, and he expounds profoundly on each point and the video is worth watching;
The Bible is a reliable collection of historical document written by eyewitnesses during the lifetime of other eyewitnesses reporting supernatural events that took place in fulfillment of specific prophecies and claim that their writings are divine rather than human in origin. Voddie fleshes it out beautifully using 2 Peter 1:16-21
This it?

 
I recently watched a youtube video by Voddie Baucham title Believing Matters. I don't know if I am allowed to post it or not so won't at this time. It dealt with being able to tell those who question the authority of the Bible what it is we base that on.

In a nutshell, and he expounds profoundly on each point and the video is worth watching;
The Bible is a reliable collection of historical document written by eyewitnesses during the lifetime of other eyewitnesses reporting supernatural events that took place in fulfillment of specific prophecies and claim that their writings are divine rather than human in origin. Voddie fleshes it out beautifully using 2 Peter 1:16-21
Yes you can post video.
 
More on the Attributes of the Bible:

The Bible is not only infallible in total, but inerrant in its parts. In Proverbs 30:5–6 it says, “Every word of God is pure.… Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.” So every Word of God is pure and true.

The Bible is not only infallible and inerrant, but the Bible is complete nothing needs to be added. Now that may be a surprise to some people, because there are those today who believe we need to add to the Bible. There exists a philosophy/theology combination known as neoorthodoxy. It tells us that the Bible was simply a comment in its day on man’s spiritual experiences, and today man is still having spiritual experiences, therefore he needs another comment. One writer said that we need a Bible to be written today, just as we did when the Bible we have in our hands was written, because we need somebody to comment on what God is doing now. He also said that when Tom or Mary stand up in your church and say, “Thus says the Lord,” they are as equally inspired as Isaiah, Jeremiah, or any of the other prophets (J. Rodman Williams, The Era of the Spirit.

In other words, they claim that the Bible is not complete. That’s the current philosophical/theological thought. Let’s look at the end of the last book of the Bible, the book of Revelation: “If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book; and if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the tree of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book” Revelation 22:18–19. The Bible ends with a warning not to take away anything, and not to add anything. That’s a testimony of its completeness. It is infallible in its total, inerrant in its parts, and it is complete.
 
I came to Christianity from Nihilism (a dark form of atheism based on the belief that not only is there no God, but nothing has any ultimate meaning … you live, you die, you don’t even leave a hole to show that you were here). For me, NOTHING was as important as the TRUTH. Whatever that truth was. A unique feature/trait of the Bible is that it “tells it like it is”. The world tells you stories about Santa Clause and everyone really being “good at heart” … but LIFE reveals the ‘world’ is feeding you B.S.. The Bible tells you that people are no darn good [Romans 1 & 3; Ephesians 2:1-4] but that GOD loves us any way and God will fix it. The Bible says “If you do X, then God will do Y” and if I did “X” then God did “Y”. There is power in truth. No ‘fairy tale’ to pretend … words that will stand up to the real tests of LIFE.

The Bible contains TRUTH.
That matters to me.
 
I came to Christianity from Nihilism (a dark form of atheism based on the belief that not only is there no God, but nothing has any ultimate meaning … you live, you die, you don’t even leave a hole to show that you were here). For me, NOTHING was as important as the TRUTH. Whatever that truth was. A unique feature/trait of the Bible is that it “tells it like it is”. The world tells you stories about Santa Clause and everyone really being “good at heart” … but LIFE reveals the ‘world’ is feeding you B.S.. The Bible tells you that people are no darn good [Romans 1 & 3; Ephesians 2:1-4] but that GOD loves us any way and God will fix it. The Bible says “If you do X, then God will do Y” and if I did “X” then God did “Y”. There is power in truth. No ‘fairy tale’ to pretend … words that will stand up to the real tests of LIFE.

The Bible contains TRUTH.
That matters to me.
Amen ! And welcome to the new forum that should be easier for everyone to navigate compared to our other one. We decided after our 1 year anniversary we would celebrate with a new forum. :)
 
I came to Christianity from Nihilism (a dark form of atheism based on the belief that not only is there no God, but nothing has any ultimate meaning … you live, you die, you don’t even leave a hole to show that you were here). For me, NOTHING was as important as the TRUTH. Whatever that truth was. A unique feature/trait of the Bible is that it “tells it like it is”. The world tells you stories about Santa Clause and everyone really being “good at heart” … but LIFE reveals the ‘world’ is feeding you B.S.. The Bible tells you that people are no darn good [Romans 1 & 3; Ephesians 2:1-4] but that GOD loves us any way and God will fix it. The Bible says “If you do X, then God will do Y” and if I did “X” then God did “Y”. There is power in truth. No ‘fairy tale’ to pretend … words that will stand up to the real tests of LIFE.

The Bible contains TRUTH.
That matters to me.
"The truth matters" I like that. I think we all need the courage to face the truth. “And you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.”
John 8:32

The truth hurts only if we don’t want to hear it. If I have parsley stuck in my teeth, it isn’t painful for someone to let me know. If a loved one is seriously ill, the truth of the diagnosis and treatment can hurt deeply. But knowing the truth opens doors and sets us free for more choices and opportunities.

What amazes me is that the Jewish authorities Jesus spoke to did not want to hear His truth. They asserted their lineage to Abraham and, since they hadn’t been enslaved, questioned His comment about being free. Their claim to be free from sin was nullified by their murderous thoughts toward Jesus.

God’s truth hurts when we first give up a sinful lifestyle. The pain of surrendering our enslaved minds and hearts is soon replaced by the healing freedom in Christ Jesus. That new freedom gives us the courage to face the truth.
 
Another way to describe the Bible’s attributes is to say that The Bible is authoritative. It says what it means and means what it says.

Since it is perfect and complete, then it is the last Word—the final authority. Isaiah 1:2 says, “Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth; for the Lord hath spoken.” When God speaks everybody listens, because His is the final authority; the Bible demands obedience. We can discuss its implications, its applications, and its meanings, but we shouldn’t discuss whether or not it is true.

In John 8 Jesus was confronted by some of the Jewish leaders, and there were other people present. Verses 30b–31 say, “Many believed on him. Then said Jesus to those Jews who believed on Him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed.” In other words, He demanded response to His Word. It is authoritative.

In Galatians 3:10 it says, “Cursed is everyone that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law, to do them.” Amazing! Cursed was anyone who didn’t continue in everything that was written in the law. That’s a tremendous claim to absolute authority. In James 2:9–10 we read, “But if ye have respect of persons, ye commit sin, and are convicted of the law as transgressors. For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.” To violate the Bible at one point is to break God’s law. The Bible is authoritative in every part.
 
To me the number one attribute of the Bible is it's Infallibility. The Bible, in its entirety, has no mistakes. Specifically, in its original autographs it is without errors. In Psalm 19:7 the Bible says of itself, “The law of the Lord is perfect.” It is flawless because it was authored by God—and He is flawless. Therefore, if God wrote the Bible, and if He is the ultimate authority, and if His character is flawless, then the Bible is flawless and is the ultimate authority. You see, the fact that God is perfect demands that the original autograph, the original giving of the Word of God, must also be perfect. So, the Bible is infallible, and that’s the first reason to study it; it is the only Book that never makes a mistake—everything it says is the truth.

So any mistakes that are found or any contradictions or misunderstandings come from humans and our finite minds.
the whole bible comes from humans writing down what they Hear.
Also, the satanic realm is vested in the effort to make sure we never know what he said.
So, not just humans.

many of those writing down the words could not hear Him at all.
 
the whole bible comes from humans writing down what they Hear.
Also, the satanic realm is vested in the effort to make sure we never know what he said.
So, not just humans.

many of those writing down the words could not hear Him at all.
That's interesting I've never thought about that before but it makes sense. They didn't need an audible voice as long as they heard THE Word.

 
Witness of the Spirit - The Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy

Article XVII "We affirm that the Holy Spirit bears witness to the Scriptures, assuring believers of the truthfulness of God’s written Word. We deny that this witness of the Holy Spirit operates in isolation from or against Scripture".
Excellent topic, what better way to start off a Christian forum than with the Bible.


Article XVII attests to the doctrine of the internal testimony of the Holy Spirit. That is to say, our personal conviction of the truth of Scripture rests not on the external evidences to Scripture’s truthfulness in and of themselves, but those evidences are confirmed in our hearts by the special work of God the Holy Spirit. The Spirit Himself bears witness to our human spirits that the Scriptures are indeed the Word of God. Here God Himself confirms the truthfulness of His own Word.

The denial guards against substituting a reliance on the immediate guidance of the Holy Spirit for the content of Scripture itself. The thought behind the denial is that the Holy Spirit normally works in conjunction with Scripture and speaks to us through Scripture, not against Scripture or apart from Scripture. Word and Spirit are to be viewed together, Word bearing witness to the Spirit and being the means by which we test the spirits to see if they be of God (1 John 4:1), and the Spirit working in our hearts to confirm the Word of God to us. Thus, there is reciprocity between Word and Spirit, and they are never to be set over against each other.
R. C. Sproul
but the chicago statement is not Him talking. I don't follow the 300 chicago preachers .
 
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