Saturday, March 31, 2012

J. I. Packer on reading the Bible theologically

" ... the Bible's God-language is analogical. Today's fashion is to call it "metaphorical,' which is not wrong, but "analogical" is the term that makes the clearest point: the difference involved when everyday words-nouns, verbs, adjectives-are used of God. Language is God's gift for personal communication between humans and between God and humans. But when God speaks of himself-or when people speak to him or about him-the definitions, connotations, implications, valuations, and range of meaning in each case must be adjusted in light of the differences between him and his creation. God is infinite and flawless; people are both finite and flawed. So when everyday words are used of God, all thought of finiteness and imperfection must be removed, and the overall notion of unlimited, self-sustaining existence in perfect loving holiness must be added in."

(Grudem, Wayne A., C. John Collins, and Thomas R. Schreiner. Understanding Scripture: An Overview of the Bible's Origin, Reliability, and Meaning. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2011. Print. 33)

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