Obvious or not so obvious

It should be obvious from observation that scripture alone is insufficient to settle an issue. Yet somehow we never draw that conclusion, assuming that scripture is the final authority in these matters, as we have been taught since the time of Martin Luther.

Yet we all quote scripture, myself more that most. We must realize that the best you can do in quoting scripture is use the scripture to support a line of reasoning shown you by the Lord. If the reader or listener does not receive it in faith, there is nothing more you can say. That is unless there is a demonstration of power to go along with it.

If you work out the detailed implications of every insight you share, and your reader is just not being led to follow the line of reasoning, it won't help any. You can lead a horse to water but you can't make him drink.

We certainly are not against quoting scripture. The bible is constantly quoting itself. The characters in the bible quote other parts of the bible in many places. And in quite a few of those cases the listeners do not understand or receive what is being said. Here is a case from John 10.

John 10:6 This parable spake Jesus unto them: but they understood not what things they were which he spake unto them.

While we have been taught that the bible is the final authority, scripture itself can show us that it is not. This may sound pretty radical, even heretical. Well consider how Jesus responded to Peter's confession of faith.

Matthew 16:17 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.

Here Jesus is telling us that the Father in Heaven is the final authority.

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