A Paradox Of Faith

Regardless of denomination, there is one thing that all who call themselves “Christian” have in common, the “Bible”.

To some it is the total and complete record of all we need to know concerning our salvation, while to others it is a compilation of some of the Jewish/Christian writings of the early Church.

Some believe it is totally Holy Spirit inspired and therefore completely trustworthy while others feel it is tainted by the minds of the men who wrote it.

There are those that are wary due to the variations in translations and fear it may have been corrupted over the years or there may be parts missing or even added.

Whatever way we perceive the “Bible”, to some extent it is the basis and standard of all Christian faith and without it we would have nothing to test our understanding against.

The Bible, as we know it today, was determined by the Churches of Alexandria, Antioch and the like, at the early Ecumenical Councils, which brings us to an interesting point.

Christianity today still accepts the Bible, based on the witness of the early Church that testified to its authenticity, yet when these same witnesses testify to a different understanding of the scriptures, the modern Churches most often reject them.

Would it not seem wisdom that if we trust their witness to what should be in the “Word”, we must trust their witness to the understanding of it, if not, then why assume their witness is correct and if this be so, why accept the Bible at all.

So this is the paradox, if we accept these men were truly inspired by the Spirit of God when they determined what was in fact Holy Scripture, then why does the vast majority teach differing versions of the Christian faith to what these Holy Spirit inspired individuals believed?

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