The Significance of the Bible for Christian Theology.
I will pay for the following article The Significance of the Bible for Christian Theology. The work is to be 6 pages with three to five sources, with in-text citations and a reference page. There are several approaches to the authority of the Scripture, with most of them being inadequate. One theory states that every word in the Scripture is inspired by God. That is a very rigid view that leads to many mistakes and claims of Scripture being inerrant at all instances. This doctrine of the authority of Scripture receives much criticism in this modern-day and ultimately turns Scripture’s authority into authoritarianism. Another approach to the Bible as to the historical source also proves to be faulty as alongside the benefits it yields. it also diverts the attention to factuality and separates the literary form from the meaning of the text. There is also an approach to the Bible as a literary classic. It might be beneficial to have this approach to introduce the Bible to an otherwise ignorant group of students, but it hardly generates a deep interest in it or, what more, introduces spiritual principles to abide by. Approach to the Bible as to a private devotional text helps to have a personal application of the Scripture, but it tends to put less emphasis on the common and universal.
Another theological approach to the Bible is studying it from a viewpoint of it being the “Word of God”, which also puts certain limitations. God does not have limitations, but the language always has some limitations of expression. Also, language evolves with time and words’ meaning change too, thus proving that language itself cannot be attributed to God, Who is infinite and full of possibilities. (Schneider, 1991, p. 205). Approaching the Word of God only as metaphoric expression, although it is a root and a complex metaphor, includes many meanings such as God’s symbolic self-disclosure, sharing of life and His divine self-giving (Schneider, 1991, p. 216). God has to use symbols for the metaphor. Sneider argues that even from very ancient times God used “symbolic self-disclosure” .through nature. For Israelites God’s Word became a means of communication between them and God, and “made a highly original advance in symbolic interpretation” by understanding “their own history as the story of the relationship between themselves and God” (Schneider, 1991, p. 215).