Applying God's Word to All of Life?: The Use and Abuse of the Bible

Tuesday, 12 Jun 2007

In the Bible, all roads lead to Christ, to his cross, to his resurrection. The Bible surely addresses certain questions of creation, politics, and family life, but it does not do so exhaustively. Rather it paints these with a broad brush--for its central concern is our salvation.
The motto that appears on the bulletin cover at my Delaware congregation reads: "Applying God's Word to all of life." It sounds very good, but it needs refinement. We hold that the Word of God is addressed to the whole man and to the whole of life. The problem is that there are a number of fallacies that can easily crop up. If followed, they lead down superficially attractive but misleading bypaths. We need to see what these traps are so we can avoid them. The Liberal Fallacy ...

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