Why is it important for you to have confidence in the words of Scripture?
This is a good question and I wish I had more time but a good history of the bible from the dark ages till King James is a good example. It is known that King James was a bible scholar and could read and write several languages at the age of 8 years old.
He had 50 men go through the known manuscripts at large to produce an English speaking bible. The original 1611 edition is awesome but hard to read in old English but the dedication to this awesome King is worth looking into.
There were many men living in separate times apart on three Continents that agreed in their writings. You cannot get two men to agree on anything and this in itself should give some weight to this answer.
When King James was presented with this cannon of scriptures, he made it available to the common people and revival broke out as men and women left England and came here to settle and worship their creator in freedom.
You might shrug this off and say how can scripture be inspired by a Holy God working through men and I will say that man has the technology to place a satellite in space and control it from Earth and if man is able to do that and more shall not the Living God have had the ability to place a place in man where he can communicate with him and I say yes he can and yes he did and this is what makes us different from animals because we have a Spirit with which to touch and worship our Creator.
For me, confidence in the words of Scripture is important because it is my ultimate guidebook. It is also one of the pivotal point for Protestants, who rely on the Scriptures as the sufficient source of knowledge. I won't make a comic book to become my scripture simply because it is fictional work inspired by human beings.
It is important for me to have confidence, but not to have definite and tangible proof, since it is almost impossible to do so. I do not want to have a blind faith on the Scriptures such that we can't testify to others about the importance of Scriptures. Having a foundational knowledge on the canonization and authority of the Bible will be great.
Good question that you have there. I have few hubs dedicated to this topic, do check it out. Thanks!
Because without faith you cannot please God. If you read and believe the scriptures and put trust in God then that is pleasing to God.
Scripture was written by divinely inspired individuals. Scripture contains truth.
That said, one must be careful not to fall into the trap of Interpretation.
Yes, we must interpret everything we read. Otherwise we would never understand anything. The trap comes in becoming attached to any one interpretation. The biblical literalists are an example of this. Frequently, they are lazy and think they have it all figured out. That's arrogance.
One needs humility and hard work to find the "spirit" of scripture.
"Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life" (2 Corinthians 3:6 KJV).
When you listen to the quiet, still voice within, then you can hear the voice of the shepherd leading you home.
Even then, the divinely inspired will frequently come up with different messages. Each message is influenced by the times, the circumstances, and their personal experiences (biases). This does not make the scripture any less important or true. You have to see the entire tapestry of Scripture to understand the spirit. Studying other religion can help in this, but it can also lead some people astray.
Any interpretation into human words and meaning is suspect and imperfect.
The truth behind scripture is likely something that cannot be accurately represented in human words. But it can be discussed and approximated. Like comparing the Buddhist paramitas to the Scripture of Judeo-Christianity. With this, one can see the nature of the "truth" that will set you free.
We are baby creators, but only if we view the world as spirit. If we view it as ego, then we are merely and only a cog in the machine -- of this world.
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