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Scripture is the word of God. Discuss

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A2 Philosophy Nazia Sultana 13TR Scripture is the word of God. Discuss? 35 marks Scripture can be defined by all Christians that the bible is in some way of a book. It tells the story of God?s dealing with the world through the creation of humanity and animals. It tells of the successes and failures of those who try to follow God?s commands and how to live their life. For those who are a theist, they believe in a God who communicates with people and reveals himself in revelation. People are able to believe that the scripture is the word of God through ?propositional? or ?non-propositional? revelation. A propositional revelation refers to God directly revealing truths about his nature to people. Whereas, a non-propositional revelation refers to the idea that God does not reveal facts or truths to people; instead the religious person recognises God acting in human experience. Also, non- propositional revelation is indirect and the bible is not literally the word of God, it is just people?s experiences of God. ...read more.

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Christians would argue that the Ten Commandments are revelations from God, so everyone must obey them as they are rules that must be followed because they are facts from God. Similarly, a Muslim person would argue that the Quran is a propositional revelation because it is the words from Allah and so all Muslims in the world must believe whatever is in the bible is the truth. As a result, it can be argued that scripture is the word of God because the bible is literally the word of God and it is entirely God?s words. There are many different types of propositional revelations such as through holy books like the bible and the Quran, vision experience or religious experience. Propositional arguments are truths about God which cannot be shown using human experiences. For example, one way to show whether the propositional argument is the truth and not false is that if it can fit in with the church?s teachings about God. ...read more.

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An example of a non-propositional argument is that a religious person may see God in a beautiful natural scene and the scene reveals God to the person seeing it. Also, people may see nature as God revealing to them, but this revelation of God is seen as indirect. Therefore, this argument is called a non-propositional revelation because it is the people?s experience and recognition that is making them see God?s acts in the world. So as a result, it can be argued that through non-propositional revelation, scripture is not the word of God because the bible is not literally the word of God but instead it is people?s experiences of God. In conclusion, it can be argued that scripture is the word of God through the propositional revelation. This revelation argues that the bible is divinely inspired and it refers to God directly revealing truths about his nature to people. The propositions are true and beyond debate and doubt and Aquinas said that revelations can be accepted as genuine if they agree with the church teachings. ...read more.

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