By Ralph Larson
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Faith assents to what reason can already know. The truth can be procured by a scientific or historical investigation of the Scriptures, but it can have no saving effect in one's life apart from the gift of faith-an illumination by the Spirit. In the liberal view the Bible is a record of the religious experience of a particular people in history. In the words of]. G. Herder: "Its language is human ... " 2 6 It is helpful to us because of the abiding values it transmits or the reproducible experiences it describes.
They failed to see that God, though hidden from human perception, can nevertheless impress his truth on our minds. We cannot objectify God, but God can objectify himself and thereby make his truth available to us. Revelation in history is only partial and fragmentary. People of faith look forward to the vision of God beyond history when we shall know even as we are known. Indeed, revelation in the biblical sense has an unmistakable eschatological thrust. The prophet is told: "Write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets so that a herald may run with it.
There is something of the provisional and relative in the Bible, and to deny this feature is to lapse into a form of biblical docetism. But there is also something abiding, eternal, forever certain and forever true in Scripture. To deny this feature is to fall into an ebionitic type of heresy, which begins with the human imperfection of the Bible but never quite comes to terms with its divine perfection. The truth of the Bible is available to us only when we strive to see the text in relation to the New Testament gospel.
Apostasy is the Issue by Ralph Larson