The Christadelphians believe that the Bible we currently have is the wholly inspired Word of God. The English Bible we use is a translation of the Old Testament Hebrew & Aramaic and the New Testament Greek. The following two verses, taken from the books of Timothy and Peter are key verses in this regard:
“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.”
"For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Spirit."
The verse from Timothy is especially interesting, for it tells us that all of Scripture (the 66 books of the Bible) is inspired by God and it is for us to read. It lists the reasons why we are to read the Bible and its profitability for:
· Doctrine – this is the foundation beliefs that are essential for salvation
· Reproof – this means proof or evidence
· Correction in righteousness – the education of right ways
The result of reading the Word means that we should be fully convinced by the evidence of Scripture, we should hold Biblical doctrines and we should know how to live our lives to please God. As a result of this reading of the Word of God, a man may be perfect (or complete) and equipped to do Godly works.
It is upon this foundation only that Christadelphians take their doctrines, beliefs and values. We compel you to read the Scripture for itself, as commanded in Isaiah:
“To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.”
Submitted on 03/07/2014