There are seven basic beliefs in Christianity about the Bible. I have them listed below with a brief description of why each one is important. At the very bottom I have some recommended resources to help you learn more about the Bible.
#1. We believe God talks to people.
This is known as the doctrine of the Word of God. We believe God wants to participate in our decision making process, providing guidance and insight into how we can make choices that improve His reputation in this world.
There are times when God will speak to someone as an individual. You can read Genesis 2:16-17 in the Bible if you want to see an example. When this happens, it simply means you are in a position to make a choice that can help or hurt other people, and God is speaking to point you in the right direction.
When you make the choice to ignore God – and we are all guilty of this at some point – God will take the message He wanted to share with us directly and give it to someone else who is easier to recognize and harder to ignore (see Jeremiah 1:9).
#2. We believe the things God wants people to know were written down in the past.
We believe that the faith God wants to find in people’s lives today can be obtained by understanding how God interacted with people in the past. This belief is known as the doctrine of the Canon of Scripture.
Here is a list of the books in the Canon of Scripture:
The Old Testament:
Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1 Samuel, 2 Samuel, 1 Kings, 2 Kings, 1 Chronicles, 2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther, Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel, Daniel, Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah and Malachi.
The New Testament:
Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Acts, Romans, 1 Corinthians, 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1 Thessalonians, 2 Thessalonians, 1 Timothy, 2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon, Hebrews, James, 1 Peter, 2 Peter, 1 John, 2 John, 3 John, Jude, and the Revelation.
#3. We believe people should live in submission to Scripture.
We believe that God has told us how we should live our lives. There are rewards for obedience and punishments for disobedience which God has explained in the Bible.
This belief is known as the doctrine of the Authority of Scripture.
#4. We believe every detail written in the Bible is true.
The Bible contains a lot of stories about angels, demons, miracles and healing; as well as the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. We believe there is eye witness testimony recorded on every page of the Bible, All of the details regarding these supernatural stories are real; there are no myths written in the Bible.
This belief is known as the Inerrancy of Scripture.
#5. We believe the Bible is not hard to understand.
We believe it is possible to understand what the Bible has to say. A correct understanding involves learning Hebrew and Greek (the languages the original authors used), as well as some of the cultural habits in the ancient world.
Reading the Bible without these things can create misunderstandings which can be easily resolved by those who want to know the truth. Our potential misunderstandings can be avoided by learning more about the ancient cultures and cities that different parts of the Bible were written in.
This belief is known as the doctrine of the Clarity of Scripture.
#6. We believe no one can be on good terms with God without the Bible.
We believe no one can be accepted by God without trusting the information contained in the Bible. This belief is known as the doctrine of the Necessity of Scripture.
#7. We believe the Bible is relevant to all people, in all places, at all times.
We believe the message and the methods recorded in the Bible can be followed anywhere, by anyone at any time. We are not allowed to make any changes to the message or the methods that God has told His Church to use as they strive to serve Him.
This belief is known as the doctrine of the Sufficiency of Scripture.
Here are some recommended resources if you want more information on our beliefs about the Bible:
I. Books To Read
#1. Chapters 2 through 8 of Systematic Theology by Wayne Grudem
#2. God Breathed by Josh McDowell
II. YouTube Videos To Watch:
There is a ministry committed to printing and distributing copies of the Bible around the world, and if you want more information about them, you can visit their website with the link below: