Theology 101

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  1. Xenia says:

    No responses yet?

    Well, I’m probably the only person here who disagrees with any of it. (I agree with most of it.)

    I don’t entirely agree with “…but also to interpret Scripture for themselves.”

    But I’m not in an argumentative mood today. 🙂

  2. Bob says:

    “The final stage in biblical interpretation is to reapply these truths to our own life-situations; this is the way to discern what God in Scripture is saying to us at this moment.”

    This is where the rubber meets the road and why I like Packer. He goes beyond his sectarian views and brings it home to the individual who has to stand before God naked only clothed with the righteousness He has provided them.

    This issues to me aren’t, are we going to come up with the same doctrines, but how each of us are going to live out what God has recorded for us. But we can’t do such a thing unless we spend some time with Him and His recorded words.

  3. Another Voice says:

    Each book had its place in the progress of God’s revelation of grace, which began in Eden and reached its climax in Jesus Christ, Pentecost, and the apostolic New Testament. That place must be borne in mind when studying the text.
    Huge point by Packer. Just look at how often someone runs to Leviticus to justify their sinful behavior in the face of Scripture’s clear teachings.

    Sometimes it is an accusation of noncompliance. (Well, do YOU avoid shellfish and clothing of mixed fibers?)

    Sometimes it is to mock the punishment. (Oh, so I assume you want to kill all homosexuals and disobedient children).

    Confusing the progressive nature of revelation (and dare I say it – the dispensations), leads to a lot of Biblical rejection by the world, and Biblical confusion as to application by some of the believers.

  4. Martin Luther's Disciple says:

    This would probably go better with the first class – but, what if archeology uncovered Paul’s real first letter to the Corinthians? Does it go into the canon?

  5. Michael says:

    If we can prove it’s Pauls…I say yes.

  6. Martin Luther's Disciple says:

    So, the canon is not closed? btw, I do agree.

  7. Michael says:

    The canon is closed based on the assumption that there are no longer apostles in the original sense.

    My guess is that we will never find any more apostolic writings because God delivered His word…but I would have to accept a verifiable apostolic letter as Scripture.

    Great question… 🙂

  8. Another Voice says:


    Does your question assume that everything written by an apostle, like Paul, would be inspired and thus worthy of inclusion?

    I have never seen it that way, and thus I guess I never have ‘worried’ about any lost books.

    Put another way, do we really think that James only wrote one letter in his life to another group of Christians? That Peter only wrote two? (I’m giving Peter credit for 2nd Peter too)

  9. Another Voice says:

    To back up my point (after hitting submit), it is significant that the SCRIPTURES are inspired, not the men.

  10. Bob says:

    Isn’t this thread about Interpretation?

    I would have expected some to state biblical interpretation was not left to the lay people, it was the sole responsibility of the clergy.

    Come on now, “where’s the beef!”

  11. Xenia says:

    Bob, I did say that!

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