How Should You View the Bible?

That's a very good question. Is it just a man-made record that contains experiences people have had with God? Or is it something more?

You can do all kinds of analyses to try to reach a conclusion but the place to start is to look at what claims the Bible makes about itself (or put another way, what claims the writers of the Bible make about the Bible).

So that is where we'll start, and then look at how different groups today treat the Bible.

Let's look in the pages of the Bible now. Whatever your theories on the Bible's origin, we will deal with the present document that billions of people have read as our starting point. A little survey will show that there is not a huge difference in different translations like the NIV, KJV, ESV, etc. so initially, we won't get distracted by these things, but focus on the original question, what the Bible claims about itself.

2 Timothy 3:14-17

John 10:33-38

2 Peter 1:16-21

2 Peter 2:1-3

2 Peter 3:15-18

John 16:7-15 (Also in John 14:25-26)

Acts 17:11

Galatians 1:8

From 1643-1647, a large conference of pastors in England, Wales and a few delegates from Scotland gathered together to discuss what the Bible teaches on a very large range of issues. They met at Westminster Abbey in London. One issue they discussed was "Of the Holy Scripture." They wrote down their agreements on this in the documents, The Westminster Comfession of Faith, the Larger Catechism and the Shorter Catechism. Here part of it is quoted below:

As you read, how do you think their statements compare with what you have read from the claims of the Bible?


- The Westminister Confession of Faith, 1647