People will often say, “My authority is the Bible.”


People often have an authority-based basis for what they believe. That is, we take something to be true because some “authority” has deemed it so – a pastor, guru, tradition, spiritual leader, teacher, author, etc. But consider the possibility of having an evidence-based basis for truth. Try it and see for yourself.

For example, Jesus said that knowing the truth will set you free. If your brand of Christianity (whoever or whatever the “authority” of it might be) is not setting you free, then consider the possibility that you have missed the truth Jesus was talking about.

People will often say, “My authority is the Bible.” It would be more accurate for them to say, “My authority is what they told me at church the Bible means.”

It’s strange that people don’t respond to the truth that is clearly self-evident, and instead they respond to what they are told.

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  1. Kathy Lewis says:

    It’s a scary journey to begin though when you’ve been “taught” for years! But it’s easier for me now as I have been “church free” for almost a couple of years but still second guess myself sometimes and wonder if I am on the right track. :).

  2. JustJohn says:

    is not the bible essentially the wikipedia or blog site of 1800 years ago? useful, but not absolutely infallable? food for thought.

  3. susan frederick says:

    Growing up, I was taught “the Bible was the word of God” and that “God and His word are one.” This is what I now call “bibliolatry” — making an idol of the Bible by equating it with God. The Bible is many things, and I have great respect for it, but it is not synonymous with God. This has been very liberating and refreshing for me.

  4. Albert says:

    The Bible claims to be the word of God. Most religious works don’t make this claim. Which makes the canonical Bible rather unique.

    The fact that human beings are involved in the process of writing the documents collected in the bible does not in anyway mean they are flawed. One does not follow the other. And the fact that men wrote it, doesn’t mean it can’t be the word of God, does it?

    For example, it is commonly understood that Paul, the apostle, used scribes to take dictation, which means they wrote down what Paul told them to write. Does the fact that someone else wrote the words on paper make those words any less Paul’s words? I would think not. So from that we can see that even if Paul wrote the words God told him to write or the scribe wrote down what Paul said, does not in anyway mean that this bible is not God’s word given to us for knowledge and wisdom.

    And if God gave Paul the words to have the scribe write down, then what is written is from God and is what God wanted to be written.

    The Bible does, however, make the claims that it is the word of God so the burden of proof is on the Bible to demonstrate that what it does say is true.

    And Jesus, by the way, quotes from every section of the Hebrew Bible. Jesus claims those books to be authoritative, from God Himself.

    And if we believe that Jesus was who he claimed to be, then there is no reason we can’t look at the Bible as authoritative.

    People speak of contradictions. But when we look at them, they are not so much contradictions as much as misunderstanding on our part. Or taking verses out of context. I have yet to come across a “contradiction” that can’t be explained as being misunderstood or a contextual issue.

    But again, this needs to be tested to make sure that what is written is true. And if examined honestly with the intent to learn, and also willing to follow where the truth leads, then you will find that there is authority there. This means not arbitrarily presupposing that miracles can’t happen. If that is the case, then you are not following where the evidence leads, but rather attempting to prove something wrong based on your own presuppositions (that they themselves do not attempt to justify) and not on what is read at face value. You must give credibility to any fact of history that seems well-substantiated.

    Jesus made a claim that he was God. If the evidence surrounding that claim is really substantiated then there is no reason not to believe it to be true.

    If he is correct in his claim and he gives the Bible authority, then why should we not?

  5. Cheryel Lemley-McRoy says:

    Unless we study Biblical Hebrew, Greek, Latin, and their idioms and euphemisms, and have an in depth understanding of the era and the culture, we really don’t know our Bible. Much of what Jesus said that puzzles Christians were quotations from the Talmud, and Christians are not taught it. So how can we be certain of anything we’re taught. When someone tries to argue the Bible with me, I ask them if they’ve only read it in English.

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