Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Written for me

"For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope." - Romans 15:4
The biblical viewpoint has always been that the scriptures were written not just for their penman's times but for us, and written in such a way normal people could understand and be encouraged.

I was impressed by what philosophy professor Dallas Willard wrote concerning his own assumptions about the Bible:
"I assume that it was produced and preserved by competent human beings who were at least as intelligent and devout as we are today."

"I assume that [God] did not and would not leave his message to humankind in a form that can only be understood by a handful of late-twentieth-century professional scholars, who cannot even agree among themselves on the theories that they assume to determine what the message is."1
- fritz

1 - Dallas Willard, The Divine Conspiracy (HarperCollins, 1998) 13.

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