The Basis of Our Approach to Bible Study
We have the Bible
The Bible as it is has been placed in our hands by Providence. Written centuries ago by about fortyauthors, many of whom are actually unknown to us, and copied again and again in longhand script byunknown persons, this Book of (p.9) books has been published and distributed over the earth in morethan 1,000 languages and dialects.
We accept the Bible
We know the Bible has been criticized by active, brilliant minds who have suspiciously examined thetext expecting to find evidence to discredit the material as being untrue to facts of history or science. Weknow also that archaeological research at great expense has been carried on to discover facts that mightcontradict the historical records in the Bible. Despite the obscurity of the origin of the manuscriptscomprising the Bible, the records remain unshaken. This is our text.
We trust the Bible
There are things written in the Bible we cannot explain or understand. But this is no different from thesituation we face in science, in medicine, and in engineering. Every day we exercise trust in devices, inmechanisms, in professional servants of society, involving commitment of fortune and welfare even tolife itself. In doing this we act with intelligence, because we have good reason to trust these men andthese machines. In the same way we feel we are acting with intelligence when we trust the Bible: we havegood reason to do so.
We honor the Bible
The Bible has been involved in and associated with so much that is good and helpful to mankind. Itssupporters and promoters have been persons of integrity, many of them eminent in character. The Biblehas served to comfort and to strengthen many souls in their darkest hours of deepest distress. It hasmeant and does mean so much in the world that we approach our study with that deference in spiritwhich we believe to be simply its honest due.
We believe the Bible
Therefore we read it carefully and study it respectfully with the aim to learn what it says and tounderstand what it means, for us in our own daily lives. We expect that many (p.10) of the puzzling problems of life in the world today can be understood and dealt with in the light of Bible truth. So weseek to see clearly what the Bible means, and then to speak to all the world with plain talk about Bibletruth for everyday living.
© Dr. Manford G. Gutzke