The Authority of the Bible
Recently an important theologian, one of my most beloved professors, waffled on his commitment to an historical Adam and Eve. Why? His motives are noble. He doesn’t want Christians to be marginalized because of changes in the scientific worldview.
I spent quite a bit of my weekend going back through my resources. There’s really no doubt the Bible gives an historical record of Adam and Eve.
How do people go astray? It has a lot to do with how one perceives the authority of the Bible, and how much ambiguity one can handle. Mystery abounds.
In the end, the Bible does claim to be the very word of God.
Here’s the commitment I suggest we each make: In the Bible we find a flawless record of exactly what God wanted to say exactly the way he wanted to say it.
Here are three suggestions to stay on track….
- Use your Bible to interpret your experience, not your experience to interpret your Bible.
- Use your Bible to interpret science, not science to interpret your Bible.
- Use your Bible to interpret your theology, not your theology to interpret your Bible.
Yours for changed lives,
Patrick Morley, Ph.D.