John Calvin – Who Gave The Bible Its Authority?

Posted: November 14, 2013 by doulos tou Theou in Uncategorized

The Old Guys

It is utterly vain, then, to pretend that the power of judging Scripture so lies with the church that its certainty depends upon churchly assent. Thus, while the church receives and gives its seal of approval to the Scriptures, it does not thereby render authentic what is otherwise doubtful or controversial. But because the church recognizes Scripture to be the truth of its own God, as a pious duty it unhesitatingly venerates Scripture. As to their question—How can we be assured that this has sprung from God unless we have recourse to the decree of the church?—it is as if someone asked: Whence will we learn to distinguish light from darkness, white from black, sweet from bitter? Indeed, Scripture exhibits fully as clear evidence of its own truth as white and black things do of their color, or sweet and bitter things do of their taste.

~John Calvin~






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  1. Jeff says:

    Sounds like he said the Bible gives itself authority? Or it’s simply self-evident?

  2. doulos tou Theou says:

    Yes, Calvin is saying those who who follow God see the truth of scripture as from God because they worship God.

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