Authority According to the Bible

In: Religion Topics

Submitted By tsavage10
Words 688
Pages 3
Name: Tony Savage

Writing Style Used: Turabian

Course and Section Number: THEO 201 D18

“Authority is the right and power to command, enforce laws, exact obedience, determine or judge (American Heritage Dictionary 1979, 89).”[1] So, what does it mean to say that the Bible has authority? From where does the authority of the Bible come? We can look to Romans 13:1 which states “Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established.” (Bible Gateway, NKJV) God is the ultimate authority of all things past, present, and future. When it comes to inspiration of the Bible it can be explained as, “a supernatural influence of the Holy Spirit upon divinely chosen agents in consequence of which their writings become trustworthy and authoritative.”[2] Biblical support can be found in the Scriptures, “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.” (2 Timothy 3:16 Bible Gateway, NKJV) “Scripture is affirmed nonetheless to owe its origin not to human but to divine initiative.”[3] Inerrancy is defined as, “the view that when all the facts become known, they will demonstrate that the Bible in its original autographs and correctly interpreted is entirely true and never false in all it affirms, whether that relates to doctrine or ethics or to the social, physical, or life sciences.”[4] We can look at four arguments for inerrancy in which we can defend our view. In Biblical argument the Bible teaches it own inspiration as recorded in 2 Timothy 3:16. “In Deuteronomy 13:1-5 and 18:20-22 Israel is given criteria for distinguishing God’s message and messenger from false prophecies and prophets.”[5] The Scriptures being true and without error makes Biblical argument the strongest argument. Another argument is historical argument, “this has been the view…...

Similar Documents

The Authority of the Bible

...21APR11 THEO104 Phillip A Johnson #L23636707 The Authority of the Bible The purpose of this paper is to share some thoughts of what we learned over this semester. Many thoughts will come from what I have written during the class and from the Core of Christianity, Elmer Towns. The topics I chosen to discuss is Does the Bible have authority, Did Jesus claim to be God and How can we be confident that Jesus is returning. Let us first look at the word authority. Authority means “the power to determine, adjudicate, or otherwise settle issues or disputes; jurisdiction; the right to control, command, or determine.” ("authority.") This authority can come from a teacher, pastor, principle or anyone else that has the ability to control or command someone or something. The Biblical definition, states that authority is “the legal and/or moral right to exercise power, or power that is rightly possessed. We recognize the Bible is the most significant book in the history of civilization. In the context of Jewish history, the Bible’s impact on politics, history, and religion is without comparison. Along with establishing the covenant-based legitimacy of the Jewish people and their history, the Bible’s political impact is exemplified through prophetic politics, the power of kings, and the effects of political authority. Biblical archeology has discovered biblical structures which supports the historical validity of the Bible. The Bible’s effect on history, politics, and......

Words: 1412 - Pages: 6


...The Bible Questions for Review (Page 11) 1. What does the word bible literally mean, and how does this definition express the nature of the Bible as an anthology of religious literature? The Bible is known as the Good book, but the word bible literally means “little books,” meaning the bible is a collection of many individual books. The word bible is translated from the Greek word biblia. The definition expresses that it is a book that consists of diverse compositions, ranging from poetry, narrative to law, and prophecy. 2. Explain the relationship of the Christian Old Testament to the Hebrew Bible; define the term Tanakh, and name and describe the three main sections into which it is divided. In what way to Protestant editions of the Old Testament resemble the contents of the Tanakh? How do Catholic and Orthodox editions of the Old Testament differ from the Tanakh in content? Define the terms canon, Apocrypha, and deuterocanon. The Christian Old Testament and the Hebrew Bible are looked upon as the same even though there are significant differences between them. The most important of these variations is a change to the order of the books: the Hebrew Bible ends with the Book of Chronicles, which describes Israel restored to the Promised Land, and the Temple restored in Jerusalem; in the Hebrew Bible God's purpose is thus fulfilled and the divine history is at an end. In the Christian Old Testament the Book of Malachi is placed last, so that a prophecy of the......

Words: 1181 - Pages: 5

The Bible

...The Bible The Bible has been called, “The greatest story ever told.” An Episcopal priest I know is fond of saying, “A well told story is a universal story.” It follows, then, that the Bible is universal, with important lessons for us in every human endeavor. As a treatise on power, stewardship and leadership, the Bible is an incredible resource. What better role model could we possibly have for leadership than God? What better perspective could we possibly hope to gain? What was God’s first act of leadership? Creation! Leadership is first and foremost about creation, about building up. That isn’t to say that leadership can’t also be about consequences, even dire ones, but God destroyed the earth once and vowed never to do so again. Leadership is about creation, not destruction. One leadership principle the Bible brings up over, and over, and over again is faith! Have faith in what you’re doing. Nobody thought little David could slew Goliath, nobody, that is, but David. * “Truly I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and cast into the sea’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says is going to happen, it shall be granted him. Therefore I say to you, all things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they shall be granted you. (Mark 11:23) * “Have faith in the LORD your God and you will be upheld; have faith in his prophets and you will be successful." (2 Chronicles 20:20) * He...

Words: 2567 - Pages: 11

Ethics and the Bible

... "No matter how hard we try to transform its message, the message will try harder to transform us." (Brown, 1965, 183) This essay will explore whether or not the bible should serve as an ultimate authority for Christian ethics and discover how synonymous Biblical ethics are with the ethics of Christianity. This piece will also look at what it is about the Bible that recommends it as such a major authority of morality and ethical practice. The bible is seen as a ‘guidebook’ for a Christian, giving details on how they should live according to God’s law; however, questions negating the validity of this belief in God’s law often come to the forefront. The Bible permits the stoning to death of adulterers. Something which in contemporary society seems atrocious. A point to be aware of is the huge cultural difference between the bible and contemporary life. If we focus on the difference between the Old Testament and modern day life the cultural difference is one of the chief factors behind the difficulty of using the bible in ethics today. The bible is written in a culturally conditioned format. Language, racial attitudes and the different emphasis on aspects of life including holiness and purity, all count towards the invisible barrier when discussing how synonymous biblical ethics are with the ethics of Christianity. (Rodd, 1995, 89). An issue that arises more than often when discussing biblical and Christian ethics is sexuality. Different churches hold different values......

Words: 2146 - Pages: 9


...worth 10%. Be sure to apportion your time accordingly. 1. To whom do the terms “messiah” and “son of God” first refer in the Bible? Where (book and chapter) would you find the stories about the first individuals to hold those titles? To what extent do these titles have the same meaning in the gospels as they have in the Hebrew Bible? (30% of exam) Messiah is a Hebrew word. It means to be anointed- the king. In David, the word Messiah means the son of God was first used in the story of the descendants. Saul was referred as a Messiah by Samuel in Samuel 1but he failed to please God and David was the one who was Messiah and even God favored him. In the New Testament: all the gospels like in Mark1:1, Mathew, 1:1, Jesus, were referred as Son of God and even Messiah. Peter also addresses to the crowd after Jesus’ death that Jesus, the crucified person was the King- the Messiah, who protected the people of Israel which was the Christianity message indeed. The son of god means in Hebrew bible that someone who is the King, basically the king of Israel and who is faithful to God. In the New Testament, Jesus was referred as Son of God as he used to do miracles by curing the sick and possessed. Jesus was the king of Jews. He proved this by sacrificing his life and forgiving all the sins of the people. Messiah mean anointed one, in Hebrew bible, Messiahs were priests and the kings like David was referred as Messiah and even son of God and even Cyrus was referred too.......

Words: 1020 - Pages: 5


...Authority is Power – Crucible Essay Is authority power that is given to an individual? Or must that individual earn their respectful status with no faults? When does the power given begin to become too much for an individual to regulate? An individual with a lot of power over a certain group or person may misuse their authority in negative ways. Many figures of authority misuse their powerful influence over other individuals which can negatively impact the lives of others or even themselves. A number of people with authority tend to misuse their powerful influence over a group of individuals, as seen in the play The Crucible by Arthur Miller. Many characters with power try to maintain their respectable reputations but along the way end up dissipating the authority they have. Other characters misuse their positions of power over certain individuals for personal gain such as love and for wealth and land. Individuals with respectable authority tend to misuse their power in hopes of maintaining their idea of a perfect reputation. Reverend Parris is known as the town reverend, a title with power and high expectations. He has power over the town due to his title but he misuses the power he has over his slave from Barbados, Tituba. Once Parris discovered that Tituba was present in the woods with the girls dancing, he felt as though she were responsible. He used his power, as her boss, to threaten Tituba into giving information as he asks her “who? Who? Their names, their names”...

Words: 1737 - Pages: 7


...Corinthians 14:34 states, “Let the women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but let them be in subjection, as also saith the law” (Holy Bible, King James Edition). Edith Hamilton, regarded as one of history’s greatest female classists, says that the Bible is the only book before our century that looked to women as human beings, no better nor worse than men (Tanner). However, it cannot be said that this book was consistently favorable to women. Maybe not absolutely, but conditionally in personal opinion, the Bible shows numerous examples of a woman’s inferiority to men, an assessment that has been translated into the cultures of generations. In this essay I will address briefly instances in the bible pertaining to women, and continue on with thoughts on how I believe these notions have been interpreted into society. Interpretations of the Bible are influential to our society because in the United States, approximately eighty-three percent of the population is Christian, according to a poll performed by ABC News. Perhaps the Bible is written w... ... middle of paper ... ...tanton). Jesus Christ, being a reformer, should have improved the status of women with his message of love and acceptance. However, there is no denying that the stigma is carried with women into the present day. Women’s position in society can be greatly attributed to their depiction in religious text. Holy word is still a factor in making women more......

Words: 279 - Pages: 2


...cvbnm Authority and Accountibility11/24/2014Submitted BySalal Ahmad Basharat 14-4907Khawaja Haroon 12-4992Musa Rizvi 12-4990 | Table of Contents Introduction to the Topic 2 Authority 2 Different levels of the Authority 3 Accountability 4 Accountability in the workplace? 4 Why is Workplace Accountability Important? 4 Strategies for ensuring focus: 4 Authority in the Organization 8 Top Level Mangement 8 Middle Level Management 8 Operational Level Management 8 Accountability in the Organization 9 Accountability at work 9 Merit and strengths 10 Demerits and deficiencies 10 Conclusion 11 Introduction to the Topic Authority According to Henri Fayol, "Authority is the right to give orders and power to get obedience." Authority is the right given to a manager to achieve the objectives of the organization. It is a right to get the things done through others. It is a right to take decisions. It is a right to give orders to the subordinates and to get obedience from them. A manager cannot do his work without authority. A manager gets his authority from his position or post. He gets his authority from the higher authorities. The lower and middle-level managers get their authority from the top-level managers. The top-level managers get their authority from the shareholders. Authority is delegated from above but must be accepted from below i.e. by the subordinates. In other words, authority flows......

Words: 2584 - Pages: 11

The Bible as Ultimate Authority in Christian Faith

...I am stunned whenever I see people who call themselves "Christians" and yet believe that The Bible was just made by mere human beings. "The Bible was just made by man." Such unwise words. Whatever Christian denomination you belong to, your leaders will always tell you that the Bible is HOLY. It is the basis, it is the root of the Christian faith. During the mass, a priest raises the Bible. Before any sermon, a priest/pastor reads the Bible. It just goes to show that the Bible is the authority of the Christian faith. If you are going to claim that the Bible is not holy then you shouldn't call yourself a Christian at all. The Bible is considered holy for it contains the WORD OF GOD. It is holier than the pope, it is holier than those graven images, it is holier than your holy water. It is holier than anything else existing in the entire cosmos. Spiritually speaking, The MOST POWERFUL thing in this world that we have right now is the word of God. "For the word of God is ALIVE AND ACTIVE. SHARPER than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart." -Hebrews 4:12 "Is not my word like FIRE," declares the LORD, "and like a HAMMER that BREAKS a rock in pieces? -Jeremiah 23:29 "to make her holy, CLEANSING her by the washing with water through the WORD" -Ephesians 5:26 The Word Of God can divide the soul and spirit and at the same time cleanse. Can you......

Words: 754 - Pages: 4

Authority of the Bible

...questions when it comes to the truth of the Bible and it's authority. Through research, the Bible is said to contain is authority and truth. These aspects help Christians have a better knowledge of the foundation of their religion and changes the way we view everyday life. To say that the Bible has authority means it has been proven to be true and also contains information that can be trusted. No information within the Bible can be disproven or falsified. The authority of the Bible comes from God. He makes his authority clear in Hebrews 6:13-15 when the Word states, " When God made his promise to Abraham, since there was no one greater for him to swear by, he swore by himself,  saying, 'I will surely bless you and give you many descendants.' And so after waiting patiently, Abraham received what was promised." God is above all, therefore everyone answers to him, giving him complete authority. Throughout the entire Bible you will find the words, "This is what the Lord says" or "the word of God says". These statements directly tie God and Bible together providing evidence that the Bible is the Word of God, directly giving it authority. The Bible is accounts of authors getting inspiration for their writings. Although inspiration today is defined as, "something that makes someone want to do something or that gives someone an idea about what to do or create", this is not exactly the same within the contents of the Bible. (Merriam-Webster) The bible gives the definition of......

Words: 847 - Pages: 4


...Hagar, the Stranger Welcomed by God Bible Ref:Genesis 16:1-16 and 21:1-21 After God promised He would make of Abram a great nation, Sarai, past childbearing age, suggested he impregnate her maid Hagar. Be careful what you ask for. Once Hagar was pregnant, Sarai regretted her scheme, and heaped so much abuse on Hagar that the weary woman fled. There, in the wilderness, the slave, whose name means, “stranger,” received a comforting message. “The Lord has heard you. God has answered you.” Hagar returned to her abusive mistress with a promise that her own son’s descendants would be too many to count Rahab, a Harlot with a Heart of Gold Bible Ref: Joshua 2:1-24 Centuries before the tart with a heart became Hollywood fodder there was Rahab’s story. She single-handedly saved two of Joshua’s spies by hiding them, lying to the authorities, and helping the pair to escape. As shrewd as she was gorgeous Rahab knew an opportunity when she saw one. “Swear to me by the Lord, that since I am showing kindness to you, you will in turn show kindness to my Deborah, the Warrior Princess Bible Ref: Judges 4 and 5 In a time in which it was improper for a woman to be alone in a house with a man, Deborah sat outside beneath a palm tree and judged Israel. After 20 years of oppression, it was she who summoned the military general Barak to take ten thousand soldiers and storm Mt. Tabor against their enemy Sisera. Barak answered, “If you go with me.” Deborah agreed, but told Barak he’d......

Words: 1265 - Pages: 6


...Prescriptive Authority DB Required Coalition for Nurses in Advanced Practice. (n,d,). Crafting effective letters to legislators. (See attached document) Coalition for Nurses in Advanced Practice. (n.d.). Advocacy: How to read a bill. Retrieved from Stewart, J.G. & Denisco, S. M. (2015). Role development for the nurse practitioner, (Chapters 6, 9, 10 & 11), Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning, LLC. Texas Legislative Council. (2013). Section 1: The Texas legislative Process. In Guide to Texas Legislative Information, pp 1 - 10. Retrieved from  Texas Secretary of State. (n.d.).State rules and open meetings. Retrieved from Texas Secretary of State. (n.d.). Welcome to the Texas Administrative Code. Retrieved from As a new APRN understanding delegated prescriptive authority will keep you out of professional and legal trouble. Refer back to Lynda Woolbert’s lecture and differentiate between facility-based and non-facility-based NP practices in Texas law. What does Texas law requires for delegation of prescriptive authority? What is a prescriptive authority agreement (PAA) and what elements should be included? What scheduled drugs can an APRN prescribe and what are the legal requirements associated with prescribing controlled substances? Refer back to the KPRC news clinic (The Harwin Case).......

Words: 2027 - Pages: 9


...that is based upon the belief of, and usually, the worship of, a supernatural deity. At the very least, for a person to be religious, they need to not only believe in such a deity, but participate in some sort of traditional activity (prayer, communion, attending rituals, etc). Also, a religious person will usually grant undue authority to their tradition and/or holy book. Taking this point to its extreme is what I consider to be the worst facet of religion that is having faith in the tradition, clergy, or sacred texts to the point that the faith blinds them to empirical ways of learning. As an alien trying to determine the religious status of planet Earth, I would have to base the criteria of the determination on my location. Due to different cultural and spiritual beliefs, the area I am in may meet different criteria, than a religious group on the other side of the world. Religion is defined as a set of beliefs concerning the cause, nature, and purpose of the universe, usually involving devotional and ritual observances and often contains a moral code governing the conduct of human affairs. Currently there are twenty two major religions on Earth according to an analysis done by David B. Barrett religious statistics organization. Each of these religions has a specific set of beliefs and practices. Only sixteen percent of the world claims to be nonreligious while Christianity, Islam, and Hinduism are proclaimed by sixty-eight percent of the population. I will focus my......

Words: 1104 - Pages: 5


...Culture? In what ways do we see this reflected in art and writing?” The Bible has had a major impact on history especially western culture. The bible became the central piece of western culture. Not only was the bible the central document for worship it was the rule of faith for morale guide and anchor for ethical and religious stability. The bible has shaped not only religious thought, but politics, education, art, music, literature, and language. The Bible is the basis for faith and practice of Christians around the world. Second Timothy 3:16-17 describes scripture as being inspired. All scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for correction, and for training in righteousness, so that everyone who belongs to God may be proficient, equipped for every good work. A Christian education aids us the “covenant” child to understand the relationship between what we learn in academics and the real world to help us as Christian to disciple and govern the world thinking their thoughts after God. A Christian education helps parents to fulfill their covenantal duty to their children. What does the Bible say about politics? According to Roman 13:1-7 it say everyone must submit to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except from God, and those that exist are instituted by God. So then, the one who resists the authority is opposing God's command, and those who oppose it will bring judgment......

Words: 1075 - Pages: 5

Theo104 Does the Bible Have Authority

...2 I. Introduction To define yourself as a Christian is to believe in God, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, and the text of the Holy Bible. Many believers think that this is all it takes to be welcomed into Heaven and enjoy the afterlife in peaceful bliss with their maker. Much of what has been learned in this class these past two months has given me the opportunity to explore Christianity beyond face value, as it should be explored. The true model Christian delves into the inner workings of the scripture and promotes the promises made by God when one lives their life as a messenger of that scripture. Education is the only way to make a person aware of what it truly means to be a Christian. In reflecting on the concepts learned in this class, a series of questions were presented, three chosen, then answered on the basis of what I have learned. The first question I chose was, Does the Bible have authority? Through the Doctrine of the Bible and arguments that the Bible is the Word of God, this question will be answered along with the information in Towns book. Secondly, I chose, Why are personal testimonies important in sharing the gospel? This topic was of great interest to me because I am capable of explaining it from a personal viewpoint. Lastly I chose, If a person is a Christian, does it matter how they live their life? According to Towns (2007) “There are a growing number of people who have mistaken ideas about Christianity because of media bias, or because of the......

Words: 1655 - Pages: 7