2 Timothy 3.16 – Authority of Scripture
Posted: 27 May 2010 in 2 Timothy

All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

There is much in the Bible that is inimical to the spirit of the age. Whilst it must be recognised that the Bible was written between two and three thousand years ago, and some of what is in it is culturally conditioned, there is much within it that isn’t. Doctrines such as Predestination, the limited scope of salvation, and the uniqueness of Christ, are ones which the modern mind is likely to have problems with. For liberals, amongst whom I would include myself, there is the constant danger of deciding that a doctrine is hard to swallow, and that the Bible therefore cannot mean what it says.

Nevertheless, the Bible, is meant to be authoritative – especially amongst Protestants, but also amongst Catholics. There is nothing to suggest that any of these doctrines are time conditioned, so they, as well as others like them, must be accepted as revealed by God. To do otherwise is to sit in judgment upon the scriptures inspired by him, and therefore to sit in judgment upon God himself.

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