Friday, June 6, 2008

Bible-based Authority and Certainty

"Built into Christianity is a principle of authority. This is because Christianity is a revealed religion. It claims that God our Creator has acted to make known his mind and will, and therefore his revelation has authority for our lives.

"Biblical religion is marked by certainty about beliefs and duties. The diffidence and indefiniteness of conviction which thinks of itself as becoming humility has no place or warrant in Scripture, where humility begins with taking God's word about things.

"All through the Bible God's servants appears as folks who know what God has told them and are living by that knowledge. This is true of patriarchs, prophets, psalmists, apostles, other lesser lights and supremely of the Lord Jesus Christ himself."

-- J.I. Packer, "Truth and Power: The Place of Scripture in the Christian Life" p.26 (Shaw 1996)

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