Hopefully to assuage the reaction of any critics of my answer to this question let me say up front that I believe the New Testament writings to be the written word of God. I do not think though that the Bible identifies these writings in a strict sense with the word of God. I doubt if the authors wrote their letters with the knowledge that they would later be canonized and constitute what we call the New Testament, a part of the Bible, the written “word of God”. When the New Testament writers used phrases like “the word of God” and “the Word” they did not refer to their writings, but to oral messages, the gospel, or to the person of Christ himself. Robert Richardson noted this in an article he wrote for “The Evangelist “in 1834. So this is not something I just dreamed up on my own. Continue reading
- Question 33.) If everyone would just put aside their preconceived ideas and take the Bible for what it is, would we be in agreement in everything?
- For Your Thought 50 — Power Brokers
- “Called to be saints”
- For Your Thought 49: Myths of the Churches of Christ
- Question 32. What is Christ’s attitude toward any individual or group of believers outside of our own group doing good in his name?
- Bibliolatry, Churchianity, And Religiosity
- For Your Thought – 48 (Two Quotes Relative To Two Citations)
- Question 31. Where in the Bible does it identify the New Testament writings in a strict sense with the word of God?
- Robert Richardson and “Reformation”
- Question 30. Where did we ever get the idea that we should take the safe course?