Biblical Authority: Part 2

Posted by on Oct 21, 2007 in Rev. Serven

Text: 2 Peter 1:16-21

“How do I know that the Bible is true?” This, of course, is one of the most fundamental questions that many Christians ask, and its answer is vital to the Christian life. Also significant, is the way that you “frame” this particular question. For example, which of the two questions below would better reflect a Christian world and life view?

  • “How do I know that the Bible is true?”
  • “God has given us the Bible. Do I trust that it is true?”
  • The first way of “framing” the question emphasizes rational proofs to satisfy your own intellect. This is the world’s way of verifying reality; through rationalism. The second way of “framing” the question, though, presupposes the authority and trustworthy character of God, and therefore, the truth of the Bible.

    The question of whether, indeed, you actually trust that the Bible is true involves faith. This is the Christian way of verifying reality: you presuppose the self-authenticating nature of God and the Bible, and you find confirmation of your trusting belief in the proofs.