The Bible (Bibliology) Part 1

by: Katrina Costales

Recently I was with a group of ladies, and we were discussing various spiritual topics. The importance of valuing the Bible came up, and one of the ladies said she had a high view of the Bible. The proof she gave was that she never let her Sunday school class put the Bible on the floor. After all it is the Word of God and should be treated with respect. I thought of all of the places where I had put my Bible that week, including the shelf in the bathroom at church and the floor of my car. It brought the question to my mind, "Do I treat the Bible with respect?” How can we know if we value the Bible? Is the proof of my attitude toward the Bible based on where I set my Bible, or my understanding of biblical information, or is it something else? The Bible itself answers that for me in the Sermon on the Mount.

If I want to know what I am valuing and what is happening in my heart, looking at the fruit of my actions can reveal a great deal about what I believe and what I treasure. Often my actions expose that I believe something different from what I say I believe. In our examination of the doctrine of the Bible, or Bibliology, I hope we will not get caught up in the academics of the process but remember the importance of application of the truths to our lives. How we live reveals what we actually believe. I hope that we will not just hear these concepts, but examine our lives to see if we are valuing the Bible, and if these truths are evident in our lives.

In our discussion of theology, we need to start with the Bible. It must be clearly established as the foundation for truth. When we have established the Bible as THE ONLY source for spiritual truth, we will not look elsewhere, such as our emotions or experience or counsel from the world, to give us answers for life. It will also give us a stability and settledness. If the Bible is not true, we have no theology to discuss, no truth to build our lives on, and no standard by which to separate truth from error. There can be no discernment (which is the main topic we have been discussing).

The Bible is like no other book written. It was written by numerous human authors over hundreds of years and in three different languages. It has one central theme and one divine Author. It is God breathed (2 Timothy 3:16), written by men, and carried along by the Holy Spirit (2 Peter 1:21). We can't forget that this is a book about God. It is His self-revelation in words. Without the Bible, we would not know what God is like or what He requires of us. We need to read it with a focus on God and learning about Him rather than ourselves. It is the most relevant and powerful thing we can read each day.

Next week we will look at four (of many) attributes of the Bible. In the meantime, think about how much time you devote to the scriptures. Perhaps you have some creative ways of being in the word. Would you share them with us in the comments?


Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016
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