J.I. Packer – What Do We Do With Our Questions About the Bible?

12 Sep

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God, then , does not profess to answer in Scripture all the questions that we, in our boundless curiosity, would like to ask about Scripture. He tells us merely as much as He sees we need to know as a basis for our life of faith . And He leaves unsolved some of the problems raised by what He tells us, in order to teach us a humble trust in His veracity. The question, therefore, that we must ask ourselves when faced with these puzzles is not, is it reasonable to imagine that this is so? but, is it reasonable to accept God’s assurance that this is so? Is it reasonable to take God’s word and believe that He has spoken the truth, even though I cannot fully comprehend what He has said? The question carries its own answer. We should not abandon faith in anything God has taught us merely because we cannot solve all the problems which it raises. Our own intellectual competence is not the test and measure of divine truth. It is not for us to stop believing because we lack understanding, but to believe in order that we may understand.

~J.I. Packer~




“Fundamentalism” and the Word of God (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1958), 109.

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One Response to “J.I. Packer – What Do We Do With Our Questions About the Bible?”

  1. Steve Richie September 12, 2014 at 5:44 pm #

    Great quote! As usual, Packer is clear and succinct.

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