Meister Eckhart Quote

“God is not Good, or else He could do better”

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The Problem with Biblicism link

By Christian Smith

 

the main passages in the bible about the bible

John 10:35, Rom 15:4, 1 Tim 4:13, 2 Tim 3:15-17, 2 Peter 1:20-21

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Don’t ask yourself what the world needs, ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who are alive.
Howard Thurman

Christian Smith Quote

“The Bible alone will not yield either eccesial or theological unity. No matter what we say about it, our interpretive history disproves it.”

What is Biblicism (and how do we avoid it)

What he says we believe is called biblicism. What is biblicism? It is a belief that finds expression in this set of ten factors, some holding each factor while others hold most of them. It is characteristic — listen to this — he says of perhaps 100 million Christians! Here are the ten factors of biblicism:

1. Divine Writing: the Bible is identical to God’s own words.
2. Total representation: it is what God wants us to know, all God wants us to know (he quotes JI Packer here) in communicating the divine will to us.
3. Complete coverage: everything relevant to the Christian life is in the Bible.
4. Democratic perspicuity: reasonable humans can read the Bible in his or her language and correctly understand the plain meaning of the text.
5. Commonsense hermeneutic: again, plain meaning; just read it.
6. Solo [not sola] Scripture: we can read the Bible without the aid of creeds or confessions or historical church traditions.
7. Internal harmony: all passages on a given theme mesh together.
8. Universal applicability: the Bible is universally valid for all Christians, wherever and whenever.
9. Inductive method: sit down, read it, and put it together.
10. Handbook model: the Bible is handbook or textbook for the Christian life.

 

Christian Smith

Richard Foster Quote

One of the things we pick up as we learn to pray is that Satan pushes and condemns, but God draws and encourages.

 

 

There is a tone to a voice.  Satan pushes and condemns.  God draws and encourages.  We can know the difference.  There is also a spirit in a voice.  It was said of Messiah that He would not “break a bruised reed, nor quench a smoldering wick.”  Jesus would never snuff out the smallest hope, never crush the needy, and that’s the spirit we listen for in the voice of God.  Then, there is the content of the voice.  That is the evidence that is most clear, because the voice of God, the Davar Yahweh, is always consistent with the way God has spoken in the past.

John Wesley quote


I went to America, to convert the Indians; but oh! who shall convert me? who, what is he that will deliver me from this evil heart of mischief? I have a fair summer religion. I can talk well; nay, and believe myself, while no danger is near; but let death look me in the face, and my spirit is troubled. (Tuesday, January 24, 1738)