Archive for October, 2014

Inspired, infallible, inerrant?
Not a search for heresy but for truth.

The bible was written by men inspired by the Holy Spirit. It is inerrant in the way the original author intended. It is infallible in that it’s truths are eternal and lead to salvation.

The bible is NOT a history book (although it has historical narrative), it is not a self help book (although it is a great help and comfort in this life), it is not a science book (although it does not contradict science)

Inspired can mean lead by God thru dreams or by direct revelation or through oral tradition or wisdom writings or compiled poetry, etc. The bible has to be interpreted in the context and genre of the authors experiences, circumstances, tradition, writing style, method of revelation, and purpose. It is written so that the people of that era could understand it. It spoke to the observations of the hearer.

Inspired does NOT mean a word for word literal complete dictation of God speaking to the author (like the claims of the Quran). Paul speaks of mysteries not revealed and we see types of Jesus in the Old Testament. It is obvious that the original authors did not have this revelation.

The Bible is true in everything it teaches. The question is, what does it teach? Sometimes scripture may be telling us the truth about someone or something rather than what actually happened.

Was genesis 1 a literal history or a literary narrative. Was the flood regional or worldwide. Did job’s calamities all fall on the same day? Did Caesar count and tax the ENTIRE world or only the areas in and around Palestine?

Someone’s interpretation of scripture does not tell you they are correct. It only tells you how they interpret it (this does not mean there is no correct interpretation). Scripture is not subjective in that it can mean whatever you want it to mean, but it is not totally objective in that it only has meaning to the people and circumstances originally written to.

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Freedom (from what?)

Posted: October 14, 2014 in Uncategorized

What is freedom in Christ?

To be free we have to be free from something. To be free we have to be captive first. So what are we captive to. The bible talks about being enslaved. The conservative view is we are enslaved to sin,the liberal view is we are a slave to the law.

They are both right. We are a slave to the tyranny of the flesh. Our desires control us and on our own we are helpless to resist. We want what we want and can’t control ourselves. If we deny it we are simply lying to ourselves and if we believe the lye we are a fool.

We are also a slave to the tyranny of the law. We know what is right, we have a standard and hold others to it. We try to maintain that standard in ourselves and feel guilty when we don’t. If we don’t feel guilty we are an even a bigger fool.

So what is the answer? We will be a slave, a slave to Christ. But with Christ there is no tyranny, there is only love and compassion. We are a bond servant paid for with blood and set free, not after a period of time, we don’t earn our freedom. If we earned it by not being bad ( the flesh), or by being good (the law) then why the cross?

Freedom in Christ is the freedom to be a slave to the only good master. The master who serves His slaves and adopts them and gives them His kingdom as an inheritance forever. 

 But if the slave plainly says, ‘I love my master, my wife, and my children; I will not go out free,’ then his master shall bring him to God, and he shall bring him to the door or the doorpost. And his master shall bore his ear through with an awl, and he shall be his slave forever. Exodus 21:5-6