The questions below come from chapter 1 of Louis Berkhof's Summary of Christian Doctrine. 1. Is religion limited to certain tribes and nations? No. All men were created in the image of God, and even though all men are fallen, all show some form of the corrupted seed of religion still operating in them. It … Continue reading What is Religion?
In the prior 2 posts, I discussed how God can be known: personally and through special revelation. In this post, I will briefly discuss how much (in what manner) we can actually know about God. In other words, can the finite mind comprehend infinite wisdom? This is really a question that answers itself. Obviously, if … Continue reading How Well Can God Be Known?
In the last post, I discussed the ways that man can know God - through general and special revelation. In this I discuss the nature of our knowledge of God. Not only can God be known about, but he can be known on a personal basis. We distinguish between knowing about someone and actually knowing … Continue reading Can God Be Known Personally?
The Scriptures themselves never set about to prove the existence of God. The Scriputres assume the existence of God. The Bible tells us that this knowledge is planted in the soul of every man, but that men repress it because of their sin. Not only do they repress this inner sense of God, but they … Continue reading Does God Exist?
The question regarding the sufficiency of Scripture is this: Is Scripture enough, of itself, to reveal everything man needs to know about God, the nature of man, sin, and salvation; and to be the final authority in all matters of faith and practice? The Argument Scripture includes all of the revelation that God intends for … Continue reading What Is the Sufficiency of Scripture?
The word 'Perspicuity' is derived from an old Latin term that means "to see through" (i.e. transparency"). It refers to the ability to see something with clarity and sound understanding and judgement. According to dictionary.com, it means "clarity, plainness, intelligibility". As applied to the Holy Scriptures, it means the ability of the reader to understand … Continue reading What Is The Perspicuity of the Sciptures?
In the last post, I showed that the Bible is the Word of God - that is, it is God's will, purpose, and instruction as it is revealed to man. If the Bible, indeed, claims this for itself (that is that all its words come from God), then "to disbelieve or disobey any word of … Continue reading What Is the Inspiration and Authority of the Bible?
After reading Wayne Grudem's Systematic Theology text on the Word of God, I've come up with the folloiwng definition: The Word of God is God's directive will revealed to human beings The Bible represents God's Word to us in several forms. Christ is the Word of God First and foremost, Jesus Christ is the ultimate … Continue reading What is The Word of God?
Definition of Systematic Theology According to Dr. Wayne Grudem, Systematic Theology "involves collecting and understanding all the relative passages in the Bible on various topics and then summarizing their teachings clearly so that we know what to believe about each topic" (Systematic Theology, page 21). Systematic Theology then, is a "whole of the Bible" summary … Continue reading What Is Systematic Theology?