Why Believe The Bible? -- By: Kenneth R. Cooper
JODT 15:46 (December 2011) p. 7
Why Believe The Bible?
Kenneth R. Cooper, M.A., D.D., Ph.D., author and lecturer, Biblical Faith Ministries, Abilene, Texas.
When one speaks with regard to the Bible, what does he/she mean? The term Bible simply means “book” and is often used of any book considered to be an authority on a given subject. In other words, if a book tells one virtually all they need to know regarding a subject, it may be considered the “bible” on that subject (e.g. The Hunter’s Bible, The Fisherman’s Bible, or The Mechanic’s Bible). Why, then, is The Holy Bible considered a special book? What makes the Bible particularly distinct not only as a “religious” book but also as a guide for ethics, behavior, and life? Before explaining why Christians believe the Bible, it is necessary to answer a couple questions: (1) What is this nature of this book;? and, (2) What characteristics make it a unique book?
The Nature Of The Bible
The Bible is the Word of God; it does not just contain the Word of God; nor does it merely witness to the Word of God as neoorthodox theologians have taught. According to neoorthodoxy, “The Word is Jesus Christ; the Bible is a witness to the Word. Some parts of the Bible are better words about the Word than other parts, but all of it is merely a witness to the Word, Christ.”1 Ryrie further noted that according to Karl Barth (the essential head of the neoorthodox movement), “the Bible cannot be the Word of God but can only become so when it overpowers us and gains the mastery over us.”2 In reality, regardless of the neoorthodox attempt to diminish it, the Bible is the Word of God. In spite of what one may think or how the Bible affects them when it is read, it is the Word of God. The Bible is the Word of God because God wrote it, whether or not one accepts this fact. For centuries, men have received the Bible as the written expression of God’s speaking His Word directly to humanity. Furthermore, men have recognized God’s personal self-disclosure to humanity in the Bible. Without the Bible, men could not know God or know anything in relation to God.
JODT 15:46 (December 2011) p. 8
One knows other people as they reveal themselves by what they say and by what they do, or do not say or do; it is much the same way with God. Although God is spirit and is infinitely far and beyond man’s comprehension (cf. Job 11:7; 33:12-15; 37:5; You must have a subscription and be logged in to read the entire article.
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