Why We Need to Know Facts About the Bible

Joe Carter | November 24, 2015

Editors’ note: Yesterday was the annual International Day of the Bible, a day set aside to invite people around the world to celebrate the Bible. As a follow-up to that celebration, I want to encourage you to use this Thanksgiving week to begin learning basic facts about the Bible.

“When you encounter a present-day view of Holy Scripture,” J. I. Packer wrote, “you encounter more than a view of Scripture.” As Packer adds,

What you meet is a total view of God and the world, that is, a total theology, which is both an ontology, declaring what there is, and an epistemology, stating how we know what there is. This is necessarily so, for a theology is a seamless robe, a circle within which everything links up with everything else through its common grounding in God. Every view of Scripture, in particular, proves on analysis to be bound up with an overall view of God and man.

Our view of Scripture—particularly how we view the Bible’s truthfulness and authority over our lives—profoundly affects our spiritual formation. For this reason, the primary thing we should know about the Bible is that, “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and…

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