Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Text of the Bible and our faith

Attempt to make the Pope infallible has failed miserably and has caused much damage to Papacy.

Attempt to make the Bible inerrant has caused extreme damage to evangelical Christianity around the world. Chicago 1978 declaration is a symptom of very deep wound rotting under the disguise of faith and truth.

For Pope errs and Bible is full of mistakes.

This is how Holy Ghost wanted things to be because that's how they are.

For a number of reasons Holy Spirit has not given the Church a perfect Bishop nor such an inerrant book of divine revelation as Muslims believe to have in the Qur'an.

What could be a reason for this lack of solid textual foundation?

Foundation of our faith
Our faith should not rely on an illusion of a rock-solid Bible or infallible Pope. Nor should it be powered by out intellectual satisfaction that everything written in the Bible or is said ex cathedra fits the rationale we have created how things should be.

We do not see, we believe
"Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for." Heb 11:1-2

And our faith relies not on an old book but on the power of Resurrection, on Jesus, the Word of God Himself:
"Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith."
Heb 12:1-3

Ecumenical Church has no Bible dogma but references
The Ecumenical Church never issued a statement about the nature and authority of the Bible. Instead, early Church refers to the Scriptures in most crucial issues

"he was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate, and suffered, and was buried, and the third day he rose again, according to the Scriptures"
Nicene Creed

Text and us as a mirror of our personality
Our attitude towards written text reflects surprisingly strongly also our fundamental attitude towards other persons. Our ability to understand indirect messages or to read between lines, our sense of humour or lack thereof, our intelligence and many mental structures. 

The role of faith as a power mixer
"For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it."
Heb 4:2 KJV

The expression in italics is somewhat difficult to translate - for example NIV has
For we also have had the good news proclaimed to us, just as they did; but the message they heard was of no value to them, because they did not share the faith of those who obeyed.
Heb 4:2 NIV 

  καὶ γάρ ἐσμεν εὐηγγελισμένοι, καθάπερ κἀκεῖνοι· ἀλλ᾿ οὐκ ὠφέλησεν ὁ λόγος τῆς ἀκοῆς ἐκείνους μὴ συγκεκραμένους τῇ πίστει τοῖς ἀκούσασιν 

συγκεράννυμι  sygnkerannumi 
to commingle, that is, (figuratively) to combine or assimilate: - mix with, temper together.

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