Monday, June 18, 2007

Am I A Southern Baptist: God’s Holy Word

Baptist Faith and Message 2000 – “The Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired and is God's revelation of Himself to man. It is a perfect treasure of divine instruction. It has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth, without any mixture of error, for its matter. Therefore, all Scripture is totally true and trustworthy. It reveals the principles by which God judges us, and therefore is, and will remain to the end of the world, the true center of Christian union, and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and religious opinions should be tried. All Scripture is a testimony to Christ, who is Himself the focus of divine revelation.”

I am in agreement with the Baptist Faith and Message 2000 on the issue of God’s Word. I believe the Bible is God’s Word, therefore, it is completely true and our main guide for living life God’s way. The Bible has two main activities. The Bible is revelation about God, man, sin, salvation, heaven, hell, family, faith, forgiveness, and love. The Bible is also redemption by making clear that Christ is God and by dying on the cross and rising from the dead, he has brought help to everyone who will give Him control of their lives.

I believe Biblical truth is necessary for salvation. No one can say that he or she is a Christian and doesn’t believe what the Bible teaches. I’m glad that Southern Baptist have adopted this Christain principle as part of their confession, but everyone must remember that every real Christian will also except God’s Word as truth. In closing the reason Christians believe in God’s Word is because the Bible testifies to itself in 2 Timothy 3:16-17,

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.” ESV

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