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Is All Scripture God Inspired

I'm going to be lynched for asking this! When Paul said that all scripture was inspired by God, Paul's own words were not part of the scripture he was referring to, so why do we put his words in the same category?

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You shouldn't be lynched any Christian with a brain should think of this problem with Pauls statement that you have. However, there is an answer. Paul was probably not just referring to the Old Testament. Paul had already quoted Luke's gospel and called it scripture (1 Tim 5:18) and Peter claimed Pauls work was scripture also (2 Peter 3:16) In fact the Jews hadn't even closed their scripture and so the concept of it being added to was still a possibility. There is every reason to believe Pauls work is scripture and therefore that his statement is valid for all scripture.
---Glenn on 1/16/10

To those of you who jumped on Randy, step back and take a closer look. It's not the book that's Holy, but the Word IN the book. The sword of the Spirit is God's Word spoken by clay lips. Jesus told Satan, Thou shalt worship the Lord Thy God and HIM ONLY shalt thou worship. It is a sacred book because it contains God's Word but don't worship the book but rather the Word (which is Spirit)in the book.
---David on 4/30/08

dkconklin. I agree in pure numbers but its not clear Paul actually wrote all the letters attributed to him. Several are quite doubtful. It was common in those times to write "of" someone's teaching., ie as an example The gospel of thomas may be written by thomas or someone who relates what thomas taught.
---sherry on 8/26/07

The definition of scripture is writing inspired by God, God-breathed or God-spoken words, which he directs whomever he chooses to record them. Paul was an Apostle of Jesus Christ, Christ spoke to him and directed him to go witness Jesus' words, therefore Paul's writings are indeed counted to be scripture.
---Eloy on 8/26/07

Words can be tested for virtue and known whether they are truly from God or not. Please Read- Psalm 19:7-11+ 34:8+ 119:129-160, Isaiah 8:10,20, Jeremiah 14:14,15+ 23:21,22+ 29:31+ 30:2, Isaiah 55:6-11, Matthew 5:18, Matthew 7:15-20, John 8:47+ 10:3-11, I John 4:6, Galatians 1:8,9, Hebrews 4:12, II Peter 1:21.
---Eloy on 8/26/07

"Most of teh NT was written by folks who will probably never be known."

1) There is no pseudopigrapha in the NT.
2) Most of the NT was written by Paul--in terms of number of books.
---djconklin on 8/25/07

2 Timonthy 3:16:
"All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness"

Greek: "all writing god-breathed and profitable..."
This translation makes more sense to me:
"All writings inspired by God are profitable for..."
This avoids the issue of what "scripture" is/was. Christians also believe this, as they teach from a LOT of Christian books.
---Mark on 8/25/07

marcia, lets try to be a bit biblically accurate. Paul did not write the NT. Mostly he wrote letters to churches, some were saved and have come down to us. Others were written in his name and we dont know who's they are. Most of teh NT was written by folks who will probably never be known. The same is true of the OT>
---sherry on 8/25/07

It is because Paul was called by God to write the majority of the NT. Paul was under the authority of the Holy Ghost. God hand picked him on the road to Damascus to fulfill his Word. When Paul wrote he wrote not from his own wisdom or understanding but from the wisdom and understanding giving to him through the Holy Spirit.
---Marcia on 8/24/07

Randy-Do not bet your soul on believeing that the Bible is idolatory. It is inspired by God-the main man. It has the answers for all, including false teachers and nonbelievers.
---chuck on 8/24/07

Eloy, let me elucidate even further. YOU referred to Christ in the past tense. To me Christ is alive today as he was when he had a body here on earth. Again God continually refers to himself as I AM. Your love of the law and worshiping a god that is past all makes for very good Islamic theology.
---randy on 8/4/05

Randy, Let me elucidate: Jesus walked the earth in Jerusalem in the flesh 2000 years ago- that is the historical past, not the present. Randy, the truth is: God is Past, Present, and Future- not just present. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
---Eloy on 8/3/05

Randy, I believe that Eloy said it correct if he meant human Being. Christ is not in human form anymore. That God is a personal Being, is more correct. The Triune God reveals Himself to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence, or being.
---lupe2618 on 8/3/05

Eloy, per your statement - Jesus was a being, and Satan too was a being. You talk about Christ in the past tense. My god IS. In fact he calls himself I AM. He is here today and present. And unfortunately evil is alive and present in the world too.
---randy on 8/3/05

2. in this book you can see how God sends a lying spirit to go to the prophets of Ahad. God is active in our lives all through Scripture. And everything He does He has a reason and He is always just, we might not understand it but He does, the same can be said about Pharoah, and Esau. Now Pauls words were his words but they also are God inspired. Sometimes the author of the book, like in this case Paul, will talk about what he is going through from his standpoint but all of it is God inspired.
---lupe2618 on 8/2/05

Randy, the Lord has presented Himself in many ways in Scripture. But all with one purpose. That He hates some things is true. He is morally right all the time, so for Him to hate in some cases is morally right. You can read of the anger that He shows to wickedness, to other nations. You have to remember the other nations were are bad as the Israelites. But God choose Israel to tell us His story. If you go to 1 kings 22:19-23,
---lupe2618 on 8/2/05

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randy, malice is unbecoming of you: for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned. Jesus was a being, and Satan too was a being, should we do even as you do and equate them on the same level?
---Eloy on 8/2/05

In answer to your question Matthew, God's decisions are always perfect. No question about that. He knew why and for what reason He wrote what He wrote. The one's that don't know is us. We haven't got the whole picture yet. Our whole faith holds on to His Word been true. No faith, no hope.
---lupe2618 on 8/1/05

Each one of us comes from a different background. We all have something just a little different. Of course when it comes to doctrine, there is many that have come to believe another way of salvation and that is not good. But as far as the one's that differ on none essentials we can always hear each other and don't have to agree but be open to hear. We could learn something as I have many times. Thank you brother.
---lupe2618 on 8/1/05

Thank's Randy, we all have something to give and I hope to learn from many of you too. I trust in Eloy's answers many times cause I have read them. The one on the law I believe he is correct. God's love is His nature and is eternal, but His wrath is just as strong. Without it no one would be judge, or found guilty. I believe Christ is our hope. When the Bible speaks of hope, however, it has something different in view. Biblical hope is a firm conviction that the future promises of God will be fulfilled.
---lupe2618 on 8/1/05

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Lupe, I used his exact words. When he claims to have been given the charge of truth, that makes me skeptical as I see that mantle has been abused so many times before. I also do not buy into his theology of god hates some and loves others. Odd how people can read the same book and get differing opinions. But you are right we should be helping each other. Open discussion is healthy but name-calling, i.e. judgmental, is not.
---randy on 8/1/05

Randy, Eloy did not say anthing like what you said or thought. You can read it correctly. You should be helping each other. Maybe you have something that can help Eloy or me, or maybe we have something to help you. We should wake up thinking how we can help the other brother or sister. Edifying the body of Christ. That should be in the minds of all of us. Not seperating.
---lupe2618 on 8/1/05

Eloy, you said I (meaning yourself) have been given the charge of truth?!?!?!
So the truth is not available to anyone but you? There may be some credibility to that statement if it not had been used, most recently, by Jim Jones, David Koreshi of The Branch Davidians, Rush Limbaugh, et al. Thanks for your blessing.
---randy on 8/1/05

because he said all scripture, and yes it is. it's not bhudda inspired. here's a Q, is the fact that God trusted his word to ordinary men a detriment, ......or a vote of confidence?, I'm glad to think God could do such a thing because that means I can know him just like these guys. Yahoo!!!
---matthew on 8/1/05

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Dear Paul James: Interesting question! However the answer is the same as Paul stated, "ALL scripture is inspired by God" that's why we put Paul's words in the same category. I'm sure the early church fathers were very aware that Paul was a Holy Spirit filled, born again, radical believer and his works spoke for themselves as well as the testimony of his salvation experience. It was evident to them to include Paul's works in the Holy Scriptures. Can we do less?
---Elsie on 8/1/05

9. But in real life they believe something else of God. They know when they pray they are speaking to God so they say the right things but when finish, they don't believe what they prayed for. When we are in the presense of God we conduct ourselves truthful, but when we are not we live our life's different. I know inside of me who changed me. It was God. I did not change myself. God had mercy on me, and gave me life. And I stand thanking Him for everything He has done for me. Without Him I can do nothing.
---lupe2618 on 7/31/05

8. I don't believe they hear themselves when they speak. I have gone through many answers and they are spoken so great, and the same person will answer another question with another believe in mind. That is why I said once, "Everyone when they pray, they pray Calvinistic". They will say words that are powerful of God. "How He can do anything and how He knows everything and to do His will, how He can move mountains, how He can touch peoples hearts and change them,"
---lupe2618 on 7/31/05

7. Randy and Eloy, I believe if we are real serious about our faith, we will search Scripture for correct meanings when we run into verses that seem to contradict each other. There is always an answer. The Bible is God's Word to us and we have to have faith it is all Truth. If you notice too that many answering say the right words many times to others and then change their thinking on other answers. I read many and can see that they make God sovereign on one answer and then make Him mortal the next.
---lupe2618 on 7/31/05

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6. What I have noticed is that many hold on to some Scriptures but not all of them. Many disregard many Scriptures to hold on to only some they interpret one way, and the Bible is never interpreted in its whole context. It does not contradict itself, so all Scripture is God inspired. A particular statement may have numerous possible personal applications, but it can only have one correct meaning. The right to interpret Scripture carries with it the obligation to interpret it accurately.
---lupe2618 on 7/31/05

4. The principle of private interpretation does not mean that God's people have the right to interpret the Bible in whatever manner they wish. Along with the "right" to interpret Scripture comes the responsibility to interpret it properly. Believers are free to discover the truths of Scripture, but they are not free to fabricate their own truth. Believers are called to understand sound principles of interpretation and to avoid the danger of subjectivism.
---lupe2618 on 7/31/05

3. "Unless I am convicted by Scripture and plain reason-I do not accept the authority of popes and councils, for they have contradicted each other-my conscience is captive to the Word of God. I cannot and I will not recant anything, for to go against conscience is neither right nor safe. God help me, Amen." As you can see the church was changing a lot of things against Scripture and he saw what they were doing wrong, and since they were the only authority for the church he spoke against them.
---lupe2618 on 7/31/05

2. an authority equal to God's Word. Second, it put interpretation in the hands of the people. Here is where the problem began, the change has become more of a problem. Luthers intention was good, but it also cause in later years for many to interpret what they wanted. Subjective interpretations of the text that depart from historic Christian faith. Subjectivism has been the great danger of private interpretation. Here is what Luther declared:
---lupe2618 on 7/31/05

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Randy, you are right in the sense that we do have many interpretations. I believe this happen when the Reformer Luther went against the diet of Worms, a council charging him with heresy for his teachings. Luthers declaration, and his subsequent translation of the Bible into his native tongue, did two things. First, it took from the Roman Catholic Church its sole right of interpretation. No longer would the people be at the mercy of church doctrine, having to accept tradition or church teaching as
---lupe2618 on 7/31/05

Randy, i follow Jesus, and live in grace. i also have read through the Bible with the Holy Spirit, and i study it every day. i am born-again, filled with the Holy Ghost, i have the mind of Christ, and i have been given the charge of truth. And also i translate the Bible from the original scriptures, so i am very well-versed on the content and precise meaning of the Word. The Lord lead you aright too.
---Eloy on 7/29/05

Eloy, I have read the Bible through several times. I think we just have different interpretations. If there were a single belief system it might be different. But as we can see from this blog that not everyone believes the same. Proof of that fact is that there are over 200 Christian denominations in the US, all purporting to believe in the same god. You choose to live by the law and I choose to live by grace. Bless you in your journey.
---randy on 7/28/05

randy, Scripture tells us to be doers of his will, and not hearers only. And God's will is participation, it is to obey his commands. Grace comes to those who are righteous, not disobedient. May i suggest to you to read the small book of James towards the back of the N.T. in the Bible. It is very rich in explaning how that faith without works of the law is 100% dead.
---Eloy on 7/28/05

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Brother Randy, I made it a fact to read Leviticus and Det. because my sister, a Jehovah Witness, died on account of believing in the not taking of blood. I know Leviticus. I could have given you a better explanation but doubt it would have made a difference. I want to thank you though for your answer, and best blessings on your journey brother,
---lupe2618 on 7/27/05

The answer to your question is because homosexuality is forbidden in the NT while the specific classification of clean and unclean animals was clearly done away with by God's own words to Peter. If you find that contradictory, you will have to take it up with Him.
---Bruce5656 on 7/27/05

Eloy and Lupe, it seems that you want it both ways. You want the law and you want grace. Either the law, all of it, is in effect or none of it. We can see people pick and choose which laws they obey and which ones they say have passed. In Leviticus eating shell fish like a man lying with another man are both abominations; why do we obey one and not the other? Read Leviticus 18: 25-27. Bless you in your journey.
---randy on 7/27/05

4. brother Randy, I know your answers are sincere. But we have to read all of the reasons why the law was there and what Grace means to us now that believe through faith in Christ. The law is very important to us. Just like Emcee mention on an answer. But we are not justified by the law, but by faith in Christ. Many of the laws are still the same and even many of the commands also but not all of them.
---lupe2618 on 7/26/05

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3. Let me put it this way, Faith in God's provision of a sacrifice remains the basis for salvation throughout the Old and New Testaments. The accuracy of the Old Testament believer's conception of the object of that faith changed over time-From Eve's first dim understanding to Isaiah's more complete conceptions, to the apostles post-resurrection understanding-but the ulimate object of that faith, is God the Redeemer, remains the same across the thousands of years of Old Testament history.
---lupe2618 on 7/26/05

2. God reveals the law and His grace throughout both the Old and New Testament simultaneously, not as mutually exclusive means of salvation, but as complementary aspects of His nature. The law reveals His moral nature, which He cannot compromise and still remain a moral God; grace reveals His loving plan to provide a means of reconciling human beings to Himself even though they are imperfect, without compromising His own nature.
---lupe2618 on 7/26/05

Randy, God's word is the same, yesterday today and forever. When God spoke He spoke different to everyone never the same to everyone. He spoke to Job different then Moses. All through the history of the bible God spoke in different ways depending on what He wanted done. All the same laws are not in effect but many are. Been save by grace through faith just comfirms that by the law no one could be justified. Grace was given to the Old Testament believers, just like today.
---lupe2618 on 7/26/05

Randy, There is no grace without the law. If you have no law, then you have anarchy and condemnation. As Moses was, so Jesus was a law-giver as well. i live by the law of grace. Jesus said that of the Old Testament you have heard, An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth and a life for a life: but the Lord God gives you a New Law, Love your enemies. And he said, "If you all love me, my commandments keep." He did not say, If you all love me, my graces keep.
---Eloy on 7/26/05

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THE LAW is always referred to in the singular not in the plural. So it is not differentiated from ceremonial, OT or NT, etc. but is referred to as one singular unit. The distinctions are man made. Either we are supposed to still obey each and every one of them or God changed his mind or we have been saved by grace. I chose the later.
---randy on 7/26/05

7. When I speak about keeping the law, it is important to know what parts we are keeping. The New Testament believer is not "under law" in three senses: One, he is not under the ceremonial law because this has been fulfilled in Christ, Second, he is not under Jewish civil law because this was not intended for him,(The new beleiver), and three, he is not under the condemnation of the law because his identification with the vicarious atoning death of Christ frees him from it.
---lupe2618 on 7/26/05

Jeffrey - Which verse in Jeremiah are you referring to in Part 3? That sounds interesting ... I'd like to look it up.
---DoryLory on 7/26/05

6. misunderstood law similarly, and turned the law from its proper purpose into legalism, they attempt to earn salvation by keeping it. Many Scriptures are clearly spoken but some need to be looked into to find out what is been said. When twenty Verses speak of something one way, and one seems to speak against the twenty, then it would seem that the one is not interpreted correctly so it is important to check its whole context to find the truth. Now this is just my opinion. Not arguing the point.
---lupe2618 on 7/26/05

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5. On the other hand, Paul argued just as forcefully for the right use of the law-as an indicator of God's moral standards, as a restraint against evildoing, as a custodian to bring individuals to Christ, and as the believer's guide to godly living. The law continues to perform the same functions in the New Testament that it did in the Old Testament. The misunderstanding that law was actually a second means of salvation is based on the fact that the Israelites themselves
---lupe2618 on 7/26/05

4. but these good works are not the basis for justification. Only the merit achieved by Jesus Christ can justify the sinner. On following the law Paul's arguments in Galatians were not against the law, but against legalism, that perversion of the law which says that salvation can be obtained by keeping the law. The Judaizers were attemptiing to persuade the Galations believers to mix salvation by grace with salvation by law.
---lupe2618 on 7/26/05

3. I read where you say you only live by grace and that is it. I believe that you have grace confused in some way. We are saved by grace and believe by faith. Faith justifies us, because it is faith in Jesus Christ. "By the deeds of the law no flesh will be justified in His sight" Romans 3:20. When James declared that faith without works is dead, he asserted that such "faith" cannot justify anyone because it is not alive. Living faith produces works,
---lupe2618 on 7/26/05

2. It is very criticle that we check and make sure of the whole context of what is been said on the verse we are reading. Also to whom is the writer speaking to at the time, believers, none believers, Jews or Gentiles. What is said to an unbeliever is not meant to the believer. Many times that will not give us the answer either and we need to know what was happening at the time. Many things were going on when the writers wrote. Reading all we can get a better picture.
---lupe2618 on 7/26/05

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Randy, I have been reading what you have wrote and also everyone else and I just wanted to give my opinion on this, you don't have to answer or agree with it, if you feel what I write is wrong then tell me and I will do my best to answer you. You are right that not all churches do what is correct. None do, some are alive and some are dead churches. that is for sure. but to say that we as Christians explain verses in the whole context is wrong, I believe you are wrong in saying that.
---lupe2618 on 7/26/05

I have never seen any church that lives exactly by the Bible. The things that they dont believe they just say, well you have to take it in context or that was cultural at the time. Again I choose to live by grace not the law.
---randy on 7/26/05

Paul also said to follow me as I follow Christ. All scripture is God inspired mean that men of God wrote the scripture being led by the Holy Spirit making them fool proof and to be believed and lived by. When we say we do not believe the whole bible, we are looking for ways to live diferently from the Word of God, or do what we want to do, which is very dangerous.
---larry on 7/26/05

Eloy, and I am equally saddened that you have chosen to live by law and not by grace. Bless you in your journey.
---randy on 7/26/05

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randy, i am saddened for you because you say that you don't believe everything the Bible says, that is very sad. i translate the Bible and i use the original Hebrew and Greek and Aramaic scriptures. You cannot believe only part of it, but all of it, in order to have the fullness of God's grace. May i suggest that you obtain a copy of the original scriptures, then you can discover the truths contained therein.
---Eloy on 7/26/05

Eloy, we know that the Semitic people were of strong oral tradition, which is where we got a lot of the bible. And I dont believe everything that the bible says. And unless you keep all of the laws you dont either. A committee put the bible together and if you are going to make it an object of worship you must read it in the original languages. We live by grace and for me God alone is an object of worship.
---randy on 7/25/05

randy, Luke says he is penning his words himself, Luke 1:3,4. And Paul's writings, as well as other writers, often open their discourses by personally introducing themselves to the reader. Exegesis also say that Moses wrote Genesis, and i don't believe that either. Now if you believe like the unbelievers say, that the Scriptures were not really penned during the actual time when they were spoken, then what limits you from not believing any Scripture as being God inspired or God breathed at all?
---Eloy on 7/25/05

Eloy, exegesis tells us that the Gospels were written probably 100 years after the resurrection and not written by the people that they are named after. Our salvation is not dependant on being able to read and interpret the bible, as the bible has only been accessible for the vast majority of people for the last 200 years. Most people in history have had to rely on their priest/pastor to read and interpret for them.
---randy on 7/25/05

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The New Testament existed when Paul penned his words, how do you think they were penned? As Christ lived and moved among the people, his words were always at the sametime being recorded by someone. They were only collected together later and bound into a binded Bible, but the words were very much inspired even at the same time they were spoken. That is, what Paul said by the Holy Spirit's inspiration, as well as all the Apostles and Prophets and saints who spoke by God's inspiration.
---Eloy on 7/24/05

ruben-It was Jeremiah who prophesied about that; just as the Holy Spirit acknowledges in Mt 2:17-18! BTW, you just made it even clearer that Wis. and other Apocryphal books couldn't be Scripture! They were in the Septuagint, the "Bible" used by most of the Apostles, so why didn't a single NT writer, such as Matthew, quote from Wis. about this incident where Herod killed the children if it was really a prophesy from God? It wasn't, that's why, so they were not about to give it any recognition!
---Daniel on 7/23/05

Daniel- here are some verses for you to read! Matt. 2:16 - Herod's decree of slaying innocent children was prophesied in Wis. 11:7 - slaying the holy innocents. Matt. 6:19-20 - Jesus' statement about laying up for yourselves treasure in heaven follows Sirach 29:11 - lay up your treasure. Matt.. 7:12 - Jesus' golden rule "do unto others" is the converse of Tobit 4:15 - what you hate, do not do to others.
---ruben on 7/23/05

Daniel-(Scripture by the early Church) Give me a Early Church writer who help put the BIBLE together. Thanks!!!!
---ruben on 7/23/05

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Randy, be careful in what and who you are putting your trust and faith in. 2 Timothy 3:16 talks about all scripture. John 1:1-4, 14, Very interesting what the Word here is, but the Lord Jesus Christ! If the word of God was not so important, then Satan would not have attacked it back in Genesis 3:1-5. I worship God with my heart, and learn by his Word.
---geraa7578 on 7/23/05

God did not inspire people to write the Bible and then they thought up the words to write. God revealed to each writer exactly what to write, word for word. True, God used the writers' vocabularies so they would understand Him. But He "breathed" every word and they wrote them down. Jeremiah explains this in more detail.
---Jeffrey on 7/23/05

Notice Gal 1:12 and Eph 3:3 say "revelation" not "inspiration". In 2 Tim 3:16 the original Greek word translated "given by inspiration of God" is "theopneustos", which means "God-breathed".

Now God, being spirit, does not breathe; but this is the figure of speech "condescencio" which attributes human characteristics to God. God used it here to emphasize that His Word came verbatim to the writers from the very depths of His being.
---Jeffrey on 7/23/05

Good question; simple question; simple answer:

Gal 1:11-12:
But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man.
For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught {it}, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.

Eph 3:3-4:
How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words,
Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ)

There are others.
---Jeffrey on 7/23/05

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Contd. Paul used the word 'I' on some occasions which could indicate a PERSONAL preference. He sometimes used the word 'woman' singular, but those verses are read to mean 'women' plural when he might have been speaking to one woman in particular, not every woman. The bible is the word of God but I do not believe that means we are to read it, just as it is in English, and say "look that's what it says".History/culture/original language tell us much more.
---Paul_James on 7/23/05

I think I've caused some confusion with my question. Firstly yes I am a born-again Christian. The point of my question was not to state that I do not believe the whole bible. What I say is that when Paul used the word 'scripture' he meant the Old Testament because that was 'the scripture' of that day. There was no New Testament and he did not say "the words that are now coming out of my mouth are inspired by God". A group of people at a later date, decided that Paul's words were inspired by God.
---Paul_James on 7/23/05

Misc.Comments1: We are to worship GOD and God alone; not a bunch of paper and ink! God didn't allow any of the original Manuscripts to survive, precisely because He knew people would worship them! Look at what they already do with FALSE relics! Imagine if we had letters 100% verified to be written in Peter or Paul's own hands? I care for my books as best I can, but I must USE and READ my Bible to get the most out of it; not worship it.
---Daniel on 7/22/05

[PART3] Letters written to individuals, such as to Timothy or Philemon, obviously took a bit longer to make their way to all the churches. Do you think they were the only letters Paul wrote? No way! He must have sent many others with news of his missionary trips and helpful comments to many people. As an example of the NT containing only what God considered necessary for us and nothing more, see: 1 Corinthians 5:9 where Paul mentions an earlier epistle he wrote which we do not have!
---Daniel on 7/22/05

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[PART2] " which are some things hard to understand, which the untaught and unstable distort, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures, to their own destruction." DO YOU SEE IT? "the rest of the Scriptures" he said. The Apostle Peter is calling Paul's Epistles SCRIPTURE! Does that mean that all the words Paul ever wrote are Scripture? Of course not! Only those letters eventually passed around to all churches were ever intended by God to be our New Testament Scriptures. [CONT.]
---Daniel on 7/22/05

Paul wrote about things that pertained to the life of Christians.

He wrote with Apostolic Authority, that is the very appointment of being God's mouthpeice if you will.

To all of us (the redeemed) is given the full knowledge of God, and realizing it is a matter of focus and how well we shut out the world's influence and seek God's viewpoint in all things.
---Pharisee on 7/22/05

[PART1] This will take a few responses! YES, 2Timothy3:16 definitely includes the Apostle Paul's words in that verse and other letters; which were recognized as Scripture by the early Church (long before any RCC councils)! *** NOTE: After Peter discusses the new heavens and earth, he says in 2Peter3:15b-16 "...just as also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given him, wrote to you, (16)as also in all his letters, speaking in them of these things,..." [CONT.]
---Daniel on 7/22/05

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