A Bibliology test

I am going to give my girls a test over the things they have been learning about the Bible so I thought I would post most of the test and see how you would do based on the things I have written over the last few weeks and based on what you already know about this important doctrine. During the last week we have also gone over some of Martin Luther’s ninety-five theses. I have to admit I have never read every single one of them, but now that we have been discussing them I decided to read them through and see if I learned anything new. Have you ever looked at them and read them all? We talk about the ninety-five theses, but do we truly know anything about them. If you want to become more informed about them I have included a link that lists all ninety-five these in English, of course. Not too many can read Latin that proficiently these days.

http://www.spurgeon.org/~phil/history/95theses.htm

Go ahead and take the test and see how you do. In a few days I will post the test with the answers, and you can compare your answers with what I have found in my research. You may have better answers than mine, so feel free to post so we can learn together.

Bibliology Test

1. What is the difference between revelation, inspiration, and illumination? What continues today and what has ceased?

2. What is the definition of Canon?

3. What is the difference between canonization and inspiration?

4. How many authors wrote the Bible?

5. Over how many years was the Bible written?

6. What are five principles of canonicity for the Old Testament?

7. What are the determining factors for canonization of the New Testament? There is one main test and then 5 supporting determinates. What are each of these? The main one and the five determinates.

8. What is the Septuagint?

9. Who translated the Old Testament into Latin? What is it called? Why is it called this?

10. What does plenary mean?

11. What does inerrant mean?

12. What does General Revelation mean?

13. What is Special Revelation?

14. What does Incarnate mean?

15. What is Bibliology?

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The grass withers, fame fades, but God’s Word lasts forever.

I was at the mall a few weeks ago with my daughters. As we rounded a corner in the mall, there was a large group of girls. What caused this great girl frenzy? A member of One Direction was inside a music store signing autographs and all the girls were going crazy trying to get a picture of him. Fame seems to attract a crowd. Fame is a peculiar thing. Those most famous have biographies written about them, TV shows about them, videos posted on YouTube, and blogs and twitter accounts that keep you informed about their latest activities. The social media did not exist in Jesus’ day, but there were still large crowds and many stories written about Jesus’ time on earth. The question is how do we know we hold the authentic stories when we are holding our Bibles?

John in I John 1:3 says “That which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you…” If you have time pick up your Bible and read I John 1:1-4 and see how much John wanted you and me to have an account of what he witnessed as he walked with Jesus for three years.

My last blog reviewed the five questions of canonicity (the standard by which writings are recognized as Biblical) related to the Old Testament. We also have five statements related to the canonicity of the New Testament. We will review those here.

1. Selecting procedure-This selecting procedure went on among the apostles themselves. Luke writes in Luke 1:1-4 that an orderly account was written and was based on eyewitnesses so that the truth would be known.

2. Reading Procedure-Books or letters that were written were commanded to be read to the churches. “Read to all the brethren.” (I Thessalonians 5:27).

3. Circulating Procedures-Writings were read as authoritative to the churches and were circulated among the churches. God told John to “Write what you see in a book and send it to the seven churches.” (Revelation 1:11) Paul commanded the Colossians “When this letter has been read among you, have it read also in the church of the Laodiceans; and see that you read also the letter from Laodicea.” (Colossians 4:16). This crucial passage indicates that authority of one epistle included a larger audience than just the one to which it was written. Not only was the book of Revelation to be read and circulated throughout the churches, so also were the other epistles to be exchanged.

4. Collecting Procedure-If there was a circulating procedure then there also must be a collecting procedure. Peter speaks of “all of Paul’s letters” as being on a level with “all other Scriptures.” (II Peter 3:15, 16)

5. Quotation Procedure-In I Timothy 5:18 the Apostle Paul placed a quotation from Luke 10:7 alongside a quote from Deuteronomy 25:4, and he named them both Scriptures. This gives us an indication that those books written by the Apostles were considered as highly as those books written by Moses. The books in our New Testament are just as much a part of the inspired canon of Scripture as the Old Testament books.
Again, the overarching test is whether the Books are inspired. “All Scripture is inspired by God, and is profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete lacking nothing.” (II Timothy 3:16, 17) Another overarching test in the New Testament was whether the book or letter had come from an apostle or whether it was backed by apostolic authority. An apostle is someone who was an eyewitness to Christ. They had seen Him. Once that was established then it must meet the above criteria of it being circulated, received, collected, preserved, and used among the churches. If the book was written by someone who had not seen Christ then the book was not considered to be a part of the canon.

“…No prophecy of Scriptures comes from someone’s own interpretation, for no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.” (II Peter 1:20, 21)’

That young man in the mall who had all the girls clamoring over him will pass and fade and be a distant memory, but God and His Word remain a foundation for many lives. The Bible has not lost its authority though many have and many will continue to try to disprove it. “The grass withers, the flower fades, but the Word of our God shall stand forever.” (Isaiah 40:8)

The grass withers, fame fades, but God’s Word stands forever!

I was at the mall a few weeks ago with my daughters. As we rounded a corner in the mall, there was a large group of girls. What caused this great girl frenzy? A member of One Direction was inside a music store signing autographs and all the girls were going crazy trying to get a picture of him. Fame seems to attract a crowd. Fame is a peculiar thing. Those most famous have biographies written about them, TV shows about them, videos posted on YouTube, and blogs and twitter accounts that keep you informed about their latest activities. The social media did not exist in Jesus’ day, but there were still large crowds and many stories written about Jesus’ time on earth. The question is how do we know we hold the authentic stories when we are holding our Bibles?
John in I John 1:3 says “That which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you…” If you have time pick up your Bible and read I John 1:1-4 and see how much John wanted you and me to have an account of what he witnessed as he walked with Jesus for three years.
My last blog reviewed the five questions of canonicity (the standard by which writings are recognized as Biblical) related to the Old Testament. We also have five statements related to the canonicity of the New Testament. We will review those here.
1. Selecting procedure-This selecting procedure went on among the apostles themselves. Luke writes in Luke 1:1-4 that an orderly account was written and was based on eyewitnesses so that the truth would be known.
2. Reading Procedure-Books or letters that were written were commanded to be read to the churches. “Read to all the brethren.” (I Thessalonians 5:27).
3. Circulating Procedures-Writings were read as authoritative to the churches and were circulated among the churches. God told John to “Write what you see in a book and send it to the seven churches.” (Revelation 1:11) Paul commanded the Colossians “When this letter has been read among you, have it read also in the church of the Laodiceans; and see that you read also the letter from Laodicea.” (Colossians 4:16). This crucial passage indicates that authority of one epistle included a larger audience than just the one to which it was written. Not only was the book of Revelation to be read and circulated throughout the churches, so also were the other epistles to be exchanged.
4. Collecting Procedure-If there was a circulating procedure then there also must be a collecting procedure. Peter speaks of “all of Paul’s letters” as being on a level with “all other Scriptures.” (II Peter 3:15, 16)
5. Quotation Procedure-In I Timothy 5:18 the Apostle Paul placed a quotation from Luke 10:7 alongside a quote from Deuteronomy 25:4, and he named them both Scriptures. This gives us an indication that those books written by the Apostles were considered as highly as those books written by Moses. The books in our New Testament are just as much a part of the inspired canon of Scripture as the Old Testament books.
Again, the overarching test is whether the Books are inspired. “All Scripture is inspired by God, and is profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete lacking nothing.” (II Timothy 3:16, 17) Another overarching test in the New Testament was whether the book or letter had come from an apostle or whether it was backed by apostolic authority. An apostle is someone who was an eyewitness to Christ. They had seen Him. Once that was established then it must meet the above criteria of it being circulated, received, collected, preserved, and used among the churches. If the book was written by someone who had not seen Christ then the book was not considered to be a part of the canon.
“…No prophecy of Scriptures comes from someone’s own interpretation, for no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.” (II Peter 1:20, 21)
That young man in the mall who had all the girls clamoring over him will pass and fade and be a distant memory, but God and His Word remain a foundation for many lives. The Bible has not lost its authority though many have and many will continue to try to disprove it. “The grass withers, the flower fades, but the Word of our God shall stand forever.” (Isaiah 40:8)