Authority and Interpretation
The Bible: The Book that Bridges the Millennia
Authority of the Bible refers to the power, respect, and esteem that it has and/or has been given. In addition, the Bible has authority because the Christian community canonized its books while rejecting other books as noncanonical. Ultimately the Bible's authority derives from God, who inspired its writers.
Interpretation refers to ways we understand the Bible. Ever since scriptures were written down, a variety of approaches to their meaning have existed. Our world views also affect the way we interpret the Bible which, in turn, was written as a reflection the world views of ancient times.
We begin Part II of our study with Jesus. We will journey through time to the present. Since the Bible is authoritative for Christian faith and practice, we want to comprehend its message. We gain a stronger sense of identity, strength, and hope in learning more about our spiritual heritage.