One of the questions that comes up is, how can we consider the New Testament, which was written to other people, authoritative for us?
It wouldn't be so foreign that you couldn't make some sense of it. For faithful followers of Christ, it's never a question of if we are to submit to a teaching of the New Testament.
Modern critical theory inspires us to ask fresh questions of familiar texts, invites us to rediscover their modern relevance, and empowers us to become proactive participants in poetry's production of transformative meaning.
The Bible is not just one book, but an entire library, with stories, songs, poetry, letters and history, as well as literature that might more obviously qualify as 'religious'. So, why then do followers of Christ appeal to Paul's words about the Old Testament when they refer to the New Testament as being inspired and authoritative?
We learn the nature and purpose of God. Disputes and controversies Historical accuracy of Biblical accounts Some Biblical scholars, armed with archaeological evidence, dispute the historical accuracy of some of the books from the Old Testament.
In other civilizations, the laws regulating priests and those for crimes like murder were handled with more separation. Often such distinctions are valid, but their validity must be established by the context; where the context discourages such precise differentiations, they must not be forced upon it.
At times the languages in which the biblical texts were originally composed have for that reason been treated as sacred languages. Sometimes, the prophets could be mime artists and dramatists, accompanying their actions by short spoken messages, often delivered in poetic form.
The Scriptures really reflect a covenantal relationship with God, God's gracious initiative to communicate with us but also our responsibility, our response to his Word.
This indirect authority teaches all of the children how they should behave, even if they weren't the initial recipients of the discipline.
As this passage tells us, God is building the church into "a holy temple in the Lord," and Christ Jesus is "the chief cornerstone.