Thursday, August 6, 2015 4:00 AM

The Failings of Intellect

Thursday, August 6, 2015 4:00 AM
Thursday, August 6, 2015 4:00 AM

Rather than stretch out the arm of our human reason to steady the ark of Scripture when it seems to be in danger of falling, we should approach the Bible with simplicity, reverence, and expectancy, and always with thankfulness, knowing it to be that inexplicable mystery that is the Word of God written. As such we acknowledge its teaching to be absolutely true and supremely authoritative. We shall not depend on our limited powers of logic or on the testimonies of experts and scholars (valuable though these may be in their place) for our persuasion that Scripture is indeed the Word of God, for it is only by the inner working and witness of the Holy Spirit that this conviction becomes unshakably established in our hearts and minds.[1]

We must not allow “the certainty of faith to be supplanted by the certainty of intellect.”31[2]



[1] Carson, D. A., & Woodbridge, J. D. (1992). Scripture and truth (p. 193). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House.

31 Abraham Kuyper, Principles of Sacred Theology (English trans., 1898; reprint ed., Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1965), p. 550.

[2] Carson, D. A., & Woodbridge, J. D. (1992). Scripture and truth (p. 193). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House.

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