Examing the Cosmos Doctrinal Statement



Underlying Principles

International Council on Biblical Inerrancy

Scripture:
We believe the Bible (the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments) is the Word of God.  Written as a “God-breathed” revelation, it is thus verbally inspired and completely without error (historically, scientifically, morally, and spiritually) in its original writings.  While God the Holy Spirit supernaturally superintended the writing of the Bible, that writing nevertheless reflects the words and literary styles of its individual human authors.  Scripture reveals the being, nature, and character of God, the nature of God’s creation, and especially His will for the salvation of human beings through Jesus Christ.  The Bible is therefore our supreme and final authority in all matters that it addresses. 

Creation:  

We believe that the physical universe, the realm of nature, is the visible creation of God.  It declares God’s existence and gives a trustworthy revelation of God’s character and purpose.  In Scripture, God declares that through His creation all humanity recognizes His existence, power, glory, and wisdom.   An honest study of nature - its physical, biological, and social aspects - can prove useful in a person’s search for truth.  Properly understood, God’s Word (Scripture) and God’s world (nature), as two revelations (one verbal, one physical) from the same God, will never contradict each other. 

Revised October 1999, Kenneth Richard Samples. ~Reasons To Believe

Statement Related to Science and the Bible


We affirm that any pre-understandings which the interpreter brings to Scripture should be in harmony with scriptural teaching and subject to correction by it. 

We deny that Scripture should be required to fit alien pre-understandings, inconsistent with itself, such as naturalism, evolutionism, scientism. secular humanism, and relativism. 

We affirm that since God is the author of all truth, all truths, biblical and extrabiblical, are consistent and cohere, and that the Bible speaks truth when It touches on matters pertaining to nature, history, or anything else. We further affirm that in some cases extrabiblical data have value for clarifying what Scripture teaches, and for prompting correction of faulty interpretations. 

We deny that extrabiblical views ever disprove the teaching of Scripture or hold priority over it. 

We affirm the harmony of special with general revelation and therefore of biblical teaching with the facts of nature. 

We deny that any genuine scientific facts are inconsistent with the true meaning of any passage of Scripture. 

We affirm that Genesis 1-11 is factual, as is the rest of the book.  

We deny that the teachings of Genesis 1-11 are mythical and that scientific hypotheses about earth history or the origin of humanity may be invoked to overthrow what Scripture teaches about creation.


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