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Offline JLatimer

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Truth in tension
« on: July 18, 2010, 04:10:38 PM »
When I hear sola scriptura Protestants talk about the inerrancy of Scripture, it often seems as if they mean that literally every individual sentence of Scripture is 100% true and authoritative in itself; but then it always seems like these sentences are being taken out of context. For example, politically conservative Evangelicals seize on St Paul's admonition to obey the worldly authorities, whereas liberal Christians seem to favor St Peter's "we must obey God not men"...

Would it be accurate to say that the Orthodox position is more or less that the truth lies precisely in the tension between such seemingly contradictory verses? that our understanding of Scripture is capable of holding together in harmonious tension a diversity of expressions within Scripture?

We view Scripture as a whole, which is to be taken as a whole (not to mention as part of a whole Tradition). Am I on the right track here?

Another example would be the differing creation narratives in Genesis.
1 Samuel 25:22 (KJV)
So and more also do God unto the enemies of David, if I leave of all that pertain to him by the morning light any that pisseth against the wall.

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Re: Truth in tension
« Reply #1 on: July 19, 2010, 06:33:07 AM »
Actually I think that puts it very well, I like that terminology...
"The soul is dyed the color of its thoughts. Think only on those things that are in line with your principles and can bear the light of day. The content of your character is your choice. Day by day, what you do is who you become. Your integrity is your destiny--it is the light that guides your way." - Heraclitus