Tradition. Such an interesting word for Christians. It seems innocent enough, but as it turns out there are very many ways it can be used, few of which are entirely free of controversy. Take, for example, the following statements: “You’re just follow human tradition instead of the Bible!” “Tradition tells us that John died on the isle of Patmos under house … Continue reading "Streams: Beliefs about the Bible and Tradition"
“I just believe the Bible.” People say this a lot, and in a previous post of mine I examined why that’s not really true for anyone. That said, there is a worthy ideal behind that statement. Pardon my Protestantism showing, but I believe we are called as Christians to subject all of our thoughts and … Continue reading "How To Be a True Biblicist (Or, Unexpected Truth about Taking the Bible Seriously)"
It is normal and usually well-regarded in evangelical circles for people to say that they simply “believe the Bible.” They’re not this or that, and they don’t follow such or the other philosophy. They just believe God’s Word, and all the people said Amen! Hallelujah! Well, as nice as this might sound, it’s not real. No … Continue reading "I Don’t Just “Believe the Bible,” And Neither Do You"
“That’s just your interpretation.” How many times have you heard those infamous words? Any time you disagree with certain people over what the Bible teaches, you will hear this. And while your initial reaction may be frustration or condescension, it does raise a legitimate question. When different people disagree on the meaning of Scripture, at … Continue reading "Bible Interpretation: Don’t Wander Alone"
Something that sometimes confuses people is what role tradition should play in our faith. Michael Patton has done an excellent job in this blog post of explaining the different views. I hold to sola Scriptura, but sometimes lean towards regula fidei.