I was wandering about the internet recently and stumbled across the web site of an "missional" church by the name of Kaleo. As I often do I checked out their statement of faith. In it they say:
"We believe the Holy Bible consisting of the Old and New Testament Scriptures to be the verbally inspired Word of God, the final authority for faith and life, inerrant in the original writings, and infallible"
While this is a pretty common statement found in most conservative/fundamentalist churches (and probably many of the emergent/missional churches as well), what they fail to address is that minor little problem of no original writings being in existence. I don't understand how it even makes sense to make this statement with no original writings around and none likely to be found.
They go on to say: "the Bible is our tool to know and understand who God is according to His own self-description; it is our tool to grow in faith and maturity and to learn the promises that God has given us. We take it literally. God's truth is the anchor for our souls. It calls us to dive deep into God and there discover His blessings and the transformation He brings to our lives, our church, and our world."
I do agree with this (except for the taking it literally part). God's truth surely is the anchor for our souls.
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