Our Credible Bible (Lesson 5)
What Scripture Says, God Says
Prepared by Dr. John E. Marshall
One way to undermine the significance of any teaching is to say it is unimportant. This is how some skeptics try to undercut the doctrine of inerrancy. They say, since we do not have the original manuscripts, the doctrine itself is superfluous. This is the equivalent of saying God Himself evidently did not think the written Scriptures were very important.
This doctrine matters. It is essential to the life and success of Christianity. In all of redemption history, Holy Writ has been deemed vital. For 40 years, Levites carried in the Wilderness the tablets God wrote. What Old Testament prophets wrote was often a product of “Thus saith the Lord”.
In the early church, “Scripture says” and “God says” were one and the same thing. Luther, on trial at Worms, declared, “My conscience is captive to the Word of God.” John Wesley said, “At any price give me the book of God!” My Grandpa Marshall called it “The Book”, as if no other books were worth comparing to it.
No questioning of the authority of Scripture has ever had a positive impact on God’s people. Whenever Israel strayed from God, they always strayed first from His word. Whenever they returned to God, they first returned to His Word.
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