I'm not saying this to offend you.
I'm not easily offended, if I allow men's words to offend me, I would have quit this race many years ago, and said....this is not for me. I'm reminded of such scriptures as this one:
Matthew 5:5~"Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth."
We all know that the meek are “persons of mild and gentle dispositions, who are not easily provoked by injuries, who are not ready to take offense, but are prepared to endure anything rather than do the like actions to wicked men.” Meek people do not lack assertiveness, nor are they wishy-washy. Moses was meek (Numbers 12:3), but he was not weak or cowardly. To me, being meek means being aware of our limitations, enabling us to be gentle and good to others (James 3:13–18). When we are meek we understand that we are just as guilty before God as the next person, and we, therefore, find it difficult, or better yet, almost impossible to hold grudges against those who offend us or attempt to correct us, even if we know that they are wrong in correcting us, or whatever the case may be.
DOES RB REALLY BELIEVE EVERYTHING HE WRITES?
Of course, I do, and generally have given it many thoughts over the years~ I very seldom speak without having formed a scriptural opinion base of what God word said
concerning every word spoken and every deed done by me~is that not what Christians supposed to do? Do you have a better way of doing things that I'm missing? I'm NOT my own, I have been brought with a price, and I now belong to another Master, even Jesus Christ who purchased me with his own blood, so all my thoughts and deeds must be subjected to his will and his will alone. My Master lived by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God, so I just follow his steps~is this not wise, I think it is.
"...truth is CONTAINED solely within the scriptures, not outside of them."
This is like saying, "Facts and reality are found solely within the scriptures. No truths exist outside the scriptures."
Without going into the philosophy of the differences between facts and truth
I think it would be wise at the moment to say that ALL I'm saying in that statement is this: I Believe in Sola Scriptura
. Let me spend some time here explaining myself clearly, and after that, if you still have a problem with my position then it's is your problem, not mine.Sola Scriptura~
As you know was coined by the Reformation church during the 1500's. It means "Scripture solely" or "Scripture alone
." By these words, the faithful Christian church
of this era took a stand for the Biblical principle that the Bible was God's wholey inspired and infallible Word, and as such was the sole ultimate rule of faith and practice for the church
. It illustrated that by definition, the Word of God must be the supreme authority over the beliefs of men
, and not (as some had supposed) the Roman Catholic church, its magisterium or the Pope, or ANY writings of man was NOT suppose to be used as a necessity
of understanding the scriptures. Since the position of the Roman church was mutually exclusive to both this and those faithful Christians who protested it (and thus were labeled, Protestants), both views obviously could not be correct. If the faithful Christian was going to stand on God's Word alone as the ultimate authority of believers
, then there would have to be a "Reforming" of that church. There had to be a restoration of the position of the infallible law of God, that the church at the time had fallen away from. This Protestant Reformation is akin to a law breaker or criminal having seen the error of his ways and turned from them to reform, that he might obey those laws. They were laws that were always there, always in effect, but that he had previously neglected. In like manner, these faithful Christians understood that the church of Rome had erred, and thus had to return to its former obedience to the Word of God, rather than of men. Another good analogy for this faithful restoration is found in the Old Testament where Hilkiah the Priest brought the law of God (that had been previously disregarded) to King Josiah. Upon reading God's law that had been neglected by the people, Josiah's eyes were opened and he understood this principle of having to reform or restore the God's congregation to faithful adherence to God's laws.
2nd Kings 22:10-13~"And Shaphan the scribe shewed the king, saying, Hilkiah the priest hath delivered me a book. And Shaphan read it before the king. And it came to pass, when the king had heard the words of the book of the law, that he rent his clothes. And the king commanded Hilkiah the priest, and Ahikam the son of Shaphan, and Achbor the son of Michaiah, and Shaphan the scribe, and Asahiah a servant of the king's, saying, Go ye, enquire of the LORD for me, and for the people, and for all Judah, concerning the words of this book that is found: for great is the wrath of the LORD that is kindled against us, because our fathers have not harkened unto the words of this book, to do according unto all that which is written concerning us."
Since the Bible "is" the Word of God (as even all Christians whole heartily agree), then it's only rational, Biblical, and logical to profess that no "other" authority can either contradict it, be on a par with it, or be above it, or knowing history is imperative BEFORE one can be assured of its eschatology teaching; i.e., there is no authority higher than God's Word (what word supersedes God's?) and no word that is on a par with it (what word is as good as God's?). Therefore, logically, Biblically, and rationally speaking, in order for someone's word to be on a par with God's Word, they must take the stand for Sola Scriptura, if not, then one would be considered as illogical, and irrational and for having a lack of faith in the scriptures as alone being the sole source of BIBLICAL truth.
Surely you must be aware that Paul clearly says, "For His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature...are clearly perceived...in the things that have been made"—namely His creation, "so they are without excuse. For although they knew God [through creation], they did not honor Him as God or give thanks to Him" [Rom. 1:18-23].
Paul is saying in substance, "Divine truth can be seen in the things that have been made"—creation. The man in the darkest part of the earth, without any scriptures, can see divinity or "His eternal power and divine nature" by observing what has been made. He does not have a copy of your Bible, nor a copy of any scripture, yet he is able to see God, or an eternal power, "in the things that have been made."
My point? Truth exists outside of scripture, exactly the opposite of what you said. But a question or two: Did truth exist outside of scripture in Noah's day? Did it exist outside of scripture in Adam's day?
This is not the same as what I contend for. It is true that the heavens DECLARE the glory of God and are a faithful witness day unto day from one end of heaven unto the other end of heaven. The SCRIPTURES alone are profitable for DOCTRINE, especially so in teachings on eschatology...well, any truths. Creation declares God's power and glory but leaves us without any knowledge of this Glorious Being. The scriptures were given for this very reason.
2nd Timothy 3:16,17~All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works."
The holy scriptures give us so much more understanding than creation could ever give. Creation is just a beautiful picture of the work of a Mighty Being, yet the word of God REVEALS this Great God to us.