On more than one occasion, my friend over at Freedomborn has reminded me of an apparent paradox that plagues the Christian faith. Briefly stated, there is one Holy Spirit who the Bible declares will bring believers into the truth of God’s Word… one truth. And yet, look around. There’s an un-realistic number of different interpretations available for the believer to choose from. Why?
Forget I asked ‘why’ for a moment.
Before I pose my question, let me first stress that I’m not insinuating that there are multiple means of salvation (or even multiple interpretations of any passage or doctrine). I contend the Bible declares we are saved by grace through faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ alone… period. But then the Bible anticipates the child of God to grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ. That’s where it gets hairy. That’s where the undefinable number of interpretations begin.
Consider baptism, the Lord’s Supper (of which the correct title is even argued), the security of the believer’s salvation, the Sabbath, and the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit, just to name a couple (but, as I stated, the list seems endless).
Recently, I read a series of posts from Jim’s site, ‘Not For Itching Ears,’ that begs an answer to the question, “Is Scripture alone sufficient (Sola Scriptura)?” And then, can believers properly interpret the Bible without the Church’s guidance? If not, which denomination (Church) has properly interpreted the Scriptures? The contributor of the article makes his arguments for a particular Church, and insists that Scripture alone, without the guidance of the Church, is insufficient and provides ample opportunity for inaccurate interpretations.
I’m so intrigued (possibly disturbed) by the thought pattern from this article that I couldn’t help but present this to my reader(s). As a note, I have personally taken an affirmative stance on the position of ‘Sola Scriptura’. But who am I?
I look forward to responses (please)… of any nature. Help!