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'Bible-Only' Christians?

Discussion in 'Religious Debates' started by Bishka, May 2, 2007.

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  1. Bishka

    Bishka Veteran Member

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    What is a 'Bible-Only Christian'? Is it someone who ONLY adheres to the Bible? What about Luther and others? What about the various creeds, those are not a biblical source, so would anyone who adhered to those be considered a 'Bible-Only' Christian?

    Note: I do not want scriptures thrown at me, I want your opinion of what a 'Bible-Only' Christian is. I will ignore any long-winded posts of multiple scriptures without a point. Thanks everyone! (Sorry if that sounded rude, but I'm trying to get a personal feel for this.)

     
  2. Feathers in Hair

    Feathers in Hair World's Tallest Hobbit

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    As far as I know, it's a Christian that percieves themselves as taking a sola scriptura view.
     
  3. Bishka

    Bishka Veteran Member

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    Which does not make much sense to me, but I guess I will have to wait on the others to post. :)
     
  4. Feathers in Hair

    Feathers in Hair World's Tallest Hobbit

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    Whoops, found another link. This might be closer.
     
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  5. Katzpur

    Katzpur Not your average Mormon

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    A "Bible only" Christian is a Christian whose entire set of beliefs can be found in the Bible, except when they're found elsewhere, like the Westminster Confession of Faith or the Nicene Creed. They're the ones who insist that everything God wants us to know is in the Bible. In other words, it's inerrant and complete. Oddly enough, though, they can't tell you were the Bible claims to be inerrant and complete. Multiple request for that same answer will get you no where, by the way. If a Bible only Christian tells you that the Bible is "self-authenticating," what he really means in that anything it says should be interpreted by all parties in exactly the same way. Those who may interpret it differently from the "Bible only" Christian are wrong.
     
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  6. quadrophenic_9

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    We were talking about this in class the other day oddly enough. If the Bible contains all truth then why do our cars work? The Bible isn't a good reference book for automechanics.
     
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  7. jimbob

    jimbob The Celt

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    i'm pretty much agreeing with the two above me here.

    bible-only christians ONLY use the Bible. ussually they are non-denominational sects, but there are denominational churches that are Bible-only too. They say everything God wants us to know about our salvation is in the Bible, that God will not reveal anything to us about him, heaven, salvation, anything to do with religion outside of what he has already put down in the Bible. It's usually Bible-thumpers (Bible-only) who have problems with Anglicans, Catholics, CofE, etc. because we don't strictly adhere to the Bible for God related knowledge.
     
  8. FFH

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    Funny, very thought provoking...

    I basically own scriptures and a full Honda service manual....that's all I need...just kidding, but if I were given the choice to keep two sets of books it would be my car and bike service manuals and my scriptures...

    These scriptures come to mind...2 Nephi 29: 3-4, 6, 10 ...concerning this topic...
     
  9. quadrophenic_9

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    Right on! The Bible only christians would take issue with those but...what can you do?
     
  10. sojourner

    sojourner Annoyingly Progressive Since 2006

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    Interesting that we haven't heard from the horse's mouth yet...
     
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  11. James the Persian

    James the Persian Dreptcredincios Crestin

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    Well said. I concur. Some may claim to adhere to the Bible only, but all such claims fail to pass scrutiny.

    James
     
  12. Vassal

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    I believe in the Bible is complete in the sense that it contains all things necessary for eternal life with God (salvation). I don’t believe that the Bible contains all inspired writings, but that adding any other inspired writings would not result in any change or addition to doctrine. There are many Christian “denominations” that claim they use the Bible as a primary or secondary source for information about salvation, and not as the only source, but these “denominations” clearly have beliefs that are refuted by the Bible.

    Obviously these “denominations” [Roman Catholics and LDS] will try and convince you of their point of view, but you can go and read the Bible yourself to see their error. No, the Bible doesn’t come out and specifically say that it is the only source needed for salvation, but after reading the Bible it is clear that it is the only thing needed. The Bible states that there is only one God, who makes people right with himself only by faith in Christ Jesus, and that doing for others what you would want them to for you is a summation of all that is taught in the law and the prophet books. You cannot change or add to the doctrine taught in the Bible without contradicting it. If you say that man can become gods, then that clearly contradicts with God’s statement that there are no other gods before him and no other gods after him. If you say that people are made right with God by anything other than faith then you are contradicting all of Jesus’ statements that anyone who believes in him will be saved. Using the Bible alone is the only logical conclusion.
     
  13. Terrywoodenpic

    Terrywoodenpic Oldest Heretic

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    Why do you always feel the need to attack [other denominations], when your own beliefs are found wanting.
    Defend your self and your beliefs, certainly, but not by looking for motes in others eyes.
     
  14. Vassal

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    If I didn't "look for motes in others eyes" then you would be asking me to defend the reasoning for my beliefs. I am not attacking anyone, merely pointing out the facts.
     
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    You're assuming, of course, that the Bible does not contradict itself.

    If you hold this uncritical, dogmatic position which cannot be demonstrated by the text of the Bible, which has been shown to have numerous contradictions and developments, you'll be forced to come up with scores of interpretative scabs that artificially reconcile mutually exclusive theologies.

    At no time in history of any church - Catholic, Orthodox, or otherwise - has the Bible served as the final authority. The Catholic, Orthodox, and other ancient Church has tradition which helps guide the interpretation of Scripture and its application in the church. The Reformers have Reformation theology to help, and in radical cases there are no interpretative guides, except possibly a handful of dogmatic assumptions which are completely artificial (eg., the law of non-contradiction, infalliability, etc).
     
  16. Feathers in Hair

    Feathers in Hair World's Tallest Hobbit

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    MOD POST

    This debate is not for converting others. (Neither is this entire forum, actually.) Please cease this at once or warnings may result.

    /End mod post.
     
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  17. *Paul*

    *Paul* Jesus loves you

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    A bible only Christian is one who makes scriptrure only as the rule of their faith. If a doctrine cannot be biblically supported it holds no authority over us. If a tradition cannot be biblically supported it holds no authority over us. We test all that a Church, Pastor or preacher or some supposed prophet or apostle tries to teach us against the foundational teachings of the Apostles, Prophets and Jesus Christ.


    Isa8:20 To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.

    Deut 6v5-9: And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.
    And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart:
    And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.
    And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes.
    And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates.


    The word of God should be in all that we do (upon our hands) and between our eyes (the forehead) ((what we think)).

    We should talk about it and teach our children, it should be in our heart, notice how this is in the immediate context of the Shema, Thou shalt love the Lord Thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul and with all thy might. The great commandment,
     
  18. Quiddity

    Quiddity UndertheInfluenceofGiants

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    Paul, I'm curious...would the Canon of Scripture be a doctrine Bible Only Christians subcribe to? If so, how does a Bible Only Christian even begin to justify it?
     
  19. *Paul*

    *Paul* Jesus loves you

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    Ohh man, not again.:cover:
     
  20. Quiddity

    Quiddity UndertheInfluenceofGiants

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    Thank you.....thank you.....:takeabow: I'll be here all week.
     
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