SOME IMPLICATIONS OF A SOUND SCIENTIFIC APPROACH:

1. This approach offers a tremendous challenge to the study of the Bible itself. If the Bible is what it claims to be, and what Jesus and his apostles assert it to be—the fully inspired, infallibly authoritative Word of God written—this view enhances the importance of the Sacred Oracles, features the significance of textual criticism, gives impetus to the cultivation of minute exegesis of the Hebrew and Greek Scriptures, and spurs linguistic and archaeological research and any other pertinent studies which help in understanding the Bible better on the human plane.

On the other hand, subjectivist treatment of the Bible, to the degree that human reason sets aside the Word of God, tends toward a drastic reduction of interest in the biblical languages and minute exegesis of the original text. In fact subjectivist criticism tends toward study about the Bible rather than study of the Bible itself; its interest frequently stops short at the means to the end (studies relating to the Bible) rather than going on to the end itself (the study of the message and the meaning of the Bible in the light of these studies). Or if the study is applied to the Bible itself, the message and meaning are often explained away or largely set aside.

2. This approach fosters the spiritual understanding of the Bible as a unified revelation. Viewing Scripture as verbally in spired and fully authoritative calls forth faith, challenges Spirit-directed human reason, inspires intellectual humility, arouses holy expectations of the panoramic scope and consummation of sacred history and prophecy, and provokes scientific inductive study that, in turn, nurtures sound exposition based on solid exegesis, which furnishes ...

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