Scripture Is Not A Universal Truth

Are The Christian scriptures a universal truth? I don’t think that they are, but there may be a universal truth within the Christian scriptures…



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  • Harley Mathews

    Love this conversation. Our community is very much based in Scripture, and has recently attempted to put God (in various reflections) at the center of it, due to a multi-faith context. We use scripture matched with conversation every week, as well as meditation on various psalms/prayers/liturgy. Personally, not speaking up for the whole of The Brewery, do not believe it is “universal” in entirety. Parts of it would be, and the narrative of scripture has been used universally to learn and teach things, both evil and good, so it has a universal element, but in and of itself, is not a truth in the sense that it cannot be untruth. I think immediately of people taking texts out of context ‘in the name of truth’ and damning people groups, genders, ‘pagans’, etc. How we handle the scripture is important! Thank you for posting this!

  • Rhett Crabtree

    I’ve got to begin by saying I don’t understand what “Scripture is not a universal truth” means….. Nevertheless, I’ve come away from the video with the following questions:

    First, if one removes the question of the Bible’s inerrancy from the discussion does this help or hinder a person from adopting an informed position on any question of the “truth” of Scripture? My view is that removing the question of inerrancy unhelpfully removes an important part of the discussion. Is it a valid argument to suggest that because the question of inerrancy is often discussed that it should be removed from this discussion? As if the frequency of a topic’s having been discussed is proof of its triviality? Surely people often talk about airplanes but we would think it a little odd if someone was to ask us to participate in a discussion about transatlantic travel – “Airplanes excluded of course!” – as if considering them couldn’t possibly help advance the discussion.

    Secondly, and more personally, if Scripture isn’t universally true then why bother removing it merely from the “center” of your theology? Why let something that is untrue have any bearing upon your theological viewpoint?

    Thirdly, I’m wondering where the logic is in placing the Trinity at the center of your theology after having removed Scripture? Surely God’s triune nature would be forever unknown except for the fact that we have the special revelation of God in the Scriptures. Barth was good at making this point, that the one thing over and above everything else that differentiates Christianity from other religions is the God of Christianity. A Christian is a Trinitarian for one reason, “For the Bible tells him so.”

    Another question, upon what authoritative basis do you say that Deuteronomy 6:4 is a universal truth distinct from other passages? I too believe that Deuteronomy 6:4 is true even as I believe that Deuteronomy 6:3&5 are true too… the authority that supports my view is a thing called “orthodoxy.”