Valley and the Shadow of Death in the daytime, and without conflict with Apollyon.
3. In the constant uncertainty of the issue of the Pilgrim?s fight, Christian enters Doubting Castle and meets Giant Despair, even after he has won most of his victories. In modern experience, ?at evening time there shall be light? ? ( <381407>Zechariah 14:7).
4. In the constant conviction of an absent Christ, Bunyan?s Christ is never met this side of the Celestial City. The Cross at which the burden dropped is the symbol of a sacrificial act, but it is not the Savior himself. Modern experience has Christ living in us and with us away, and not simply a Christ whom we hope to see at the end of the journey.?
Beyschlag, New Testament Theol., 2:18 ? ?Paul declares his own prophecy and inspiration to be essentially imperfect ( <461309>1 Corinthians 13:9, 10, 12 cf. <461210>1 Corinthians 12:10; <520519>1 Thessalonians 5:19-21). This admission justifies a Christian criticism even of his views. He can pronounce an anathema on those who preach ?a different gospel?
( <480108>Galatians 1:8, 9), for what belongs to simple faith, the facts of salvation, are absolutely certain. But where prophetic thought and speech go beyond these facts of salvation, wood and straw may be mingled with the gold, silver and precious stones built upon the one foundation. So he distinguishes his own modest gnw>mh from the ejpitagh< kuri>ou ( <460725>1 Corinthians 7:25, 40).? Clarke, Christian Theology, 44 ? ?The authority of Scripture is not one that binds, but one that sets free. Paul is writing of Scripture when he says: ?Not that we have lordship over your faith, but are helpers of your joy: for in faith ye stand fast? ( <470124>2 Corinthians 1:24).?
Cremer, in Herzog, Realencyclopedia, 183-203 ? ?The church doctrine is that the Scriptures are inspired, but it has never been determined by the church how they are inspired.? Butler, Analogy, part ii, chap. iii ? ?The only question concerning the truth of Christianity is, whether it be a real revelation, not whether it be attended with every circumstance which we should have looked for; and concerning the authority of Scripture, whether it be what it claims to be, not whether it be a book of such sort, and so promulgated, as weak men are apt to fancy a book containing a divine revelation should. And therefore, neither obscurity, nor seeming inaccuracy of style, nor various readings, nor early disputes about the authors of particular parts, nor any other things of the like kind, though they had been much more considerable than they are, could overthrow the authority of the Scripture; unless the prophets, apostles, or our Lord had
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