The Bible

The Bible (or the Scriptures), comprising the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments, inspired and originally written in Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek; is the complete and final written record of God’s revelation to the human race. It does not merely contain the Word of God but is in its entirety the Word of God.

The Bible was written by human authors who were supernaturally moved by the Holy Spirit so that every word they wrote was divinely inspired. The Bible, as originally written, is therefore inerrant and is fully reliable in all it teaches. It is the final authority in and is always sufficient for all matters of belief and conduct.

The supreme judge for deciding all religious controversies and for evaluating all decrees of councils, opinions of ancient writers, human teachings, and individual interpretations is to be the Word of God in the original languages.

The authority and composition of the canon of the Bible is not dependent upon any local church, church council, man or woman therein, but upon God who is Lord, Author, and Truth. Therefore, the authority of God’s Word depends on the Holy Spirit’s work of demonstrating the Bible as self-authenticating.

Many doctrines and truths in the Bible are clearer than others, and some people understand the teachings more clearly than others.  However, the things that must be known, believed, and obeyed for salvation, that which is primary truths, are so clearly set forth and explained in one part of the Bible or another that all may achieve a sufficient understanding of them.

The infallible rule for interpreting the Bible is the Bible itself. Therefore, when there is a question about the true and full meaning of any part of the Bible, it must be understood in comparison to and in consultation to other passages that speak more clearly.

The true and accurate understanding of the Bible comes through the guidance of the Holy Spirit in the accurate preaching, teaching, and public and private reading of the Bible.

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