The Beliefs of the Berean Christadelphians

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Statement

THE FOUNDATION. That the book currently known as the Bible, consisting of the Scriptures of Moses, the prophets, and the apostles, is the only source of knowledge concerning God and His purposes at present extant or available in the earth, and that the same were wholly given by inspiration of God in the writers, and are consequently without error in all parts of them, except such as may be due to the errors of transcription or translation.

Discussion

The writers of the Scriptures claimed divine inspiration. The apostle Paul wrote: 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, throughly furnished unto all good works. (2ti 3:16-17) Christadelphians have resisted efforts to water down the significance of this great fact. Yes, the writers were just men. But those responsible for writing down the words of the Scriptures are described as "holy men," that is, men set apart for this special work. They were men specially chosen by God for this unique responsibility: men who would faithfully record the words of the Holy Spirit, avoiding any temptation to add to or subtract from the Word of God. If a writer had such liberty so as to record and discount events as he thought best, how could we be sure that what we have is, in fact, the plan and purpose of God, rather than the prejudice of a particular man? And how could we understand the writings of the apostle Peter who said: Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Spirit. (2pe 1:20-21)

Pertinent Bible References

2ti 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
1co 2:13 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.
heb 1:1 God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,
2pe 1:21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.
1co 14:37 If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord.
neh 9:30 Yet many years didst thou forbear them, and testifiedst against them by thy spirit in thy prophets: yet would they not give ear: therefore gavest thou them into the hand of the people of the lands.
joh 10:35 If he called them gods, unto whom the word of God came, and the scripture cannot be broken;

 
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