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Is the Bible the full articulation of God/God's nature?

I met someone who accepts that the Bible is the only correct articulation of God, but they believe that God is so majestic, one book cannot encapsulate Him. They believe that as a result, the Bible, while correct, only describes a part of God's nature and that there is an infinite amount of other natures God has not or cannot reveal to us in a book.

They openly admit that the Bible is the only way to God, but that there is more to God than what is in the Bible. They also feel that as a result, the Bible should be listened to since it is all we have on earth, but that we can never really know the majority (or anything but an infinitely small piece) of God.

What is a good response to this? Is this true?

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closed as too broad by wax eagle May 27 '14 at 17:41

There are either too many possible answers, or good answers would be too long for this format. Please add details to narrow the answer set or to isolate an issue that can be answered in a few paragraphs.If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

Your question should be aimed at a specific group. Ask about a denomination, or else ask those who believe this for their rationale or those who don't for their rationale. Personally, I think your friend is onto something. On a relates note, I believe we would be able to understand the bible perfectly (and that it would perhaps fully describe God) if and only if we had a perfect and unbiased knowledge of all context, historical and intentional, in which each passage is written, as well as a perfect theological understanding. By the way, welcome to Christianity S.E. –  jaredad7 May 27 '14 at 15:11
@jaredad7 Why should the question be aimed at a specific group? Are you trying to say that there is a christian denomination out there that thinks the Word of God is incorrect? Even the Mormons wouldn't go that far. On a side note, no one will understand the Word if God does not allow it. How can you treat the wisdom of God as though human knowledge is enough to decipher it? I guess you would logically understand the Bible but not it's teaching. You can't put the Word of God into a box. –  Zoe May 27 '14 at 16:48
@Zoe That's the way questions should be asked on the site. The question is not on whether or not the Word of God is incorrect, but whether the bible gives us a complete picture if who God is. I can guarantee there will be division on this. The rest of that comment is my own personal opinion, and it's not based on human knowledge. No human or group of humans has the intellect or spirit to learn everything that I said would need to be known. –  jaredad7 May 27 '14 at 16:53
Agreed, this is too broad and there will be significant disagreement across sects here. Please narrow this down. –  wax eagle May 27 '14 at 17:42
I believe it is possible to give an overview of Christian views on this. I don't think there are very many. Vote to reopen. –  DJClayworth May 27 '14 at 17:46

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The Bible that we have now, in all of it's versions, are not the original Word of God. They are merely copyist versions, words translated, some twisted, most simplified and the truth stands that one needs the Holy Spirit to understand the truth of whichever chapter they are reading, not just the logical aspect of the paragraphs.

The "Bible(s)" we have today are not the way to God. Jesus is The Way.

John 14:6 (KJV)

6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

However, that someone is right in saying that the Bible is the correct articulation of God (whatever they mean) because it is the inspired Word of God. Famous and inspirational books by men and women of God are exceptional and written with the move of the Holy Spirit, but the Bible always comes first.

Acts 17:11 (KJV) 11 These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.

Though there are many versions and yes the Bible always comes first, take care when you tally other's teachings with the Bible.

Hebrews 4:12 (KJV) 12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

Whichever versions you read or whatever you're told, discern! Read the Bible and any spiritual books prayerfully, that God may anoint thy head and the Holy Spirit move mightily to guide you.

Ephesians 1:17 (KJV)

17 That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:

Knowledge of Him means everything, including knowledge of the Devil who is called Satan.

There are many hidden commands that are not explicitly commands like Ephesians 1:17. It's basically saying if you are faithful, God will give you the knowledge you need at whichever point in time so yes, the Bible is the only book of God and it's commands are infallible. I'm sure if somehow a servant is put in a situation where they need to know about God, God will give them the revelation that is relevant to them.

The Word should not be knowledge interpreted by man but be wisdom given by God through faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.

God bless you and keep you,


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