“Blogging the Institutes” is my on-going attempt to paraphrase John Calvin’s work, the Institutes of the Christian Religion. You can find out more about the series in the Introduction. For all the posts in this series, check out the Master List.
The weight of church history matters too. It is consequential that after Scripture was first published, so many churches throughout history have rendered it unquestioning obedience. Although Satan has tried to wipe Scripture off the face of the earth, it has been passed down through the generations and continues to flourish like a palm tree in the desert. Many people have tried to argue against and stamp out the Scriptures, their efforts have never been successful. All the powers on earth have armed themselves to try to destroy it, but all their attempts have vanished like smoke! Since Scripture has been attacked virtually from every perspective, it would not have survived if it is was a merely human book. Therefore, it’s divine origin is established by the fact that although it has been opposed by humans, it advanced in the world through it’s own power.
Furthermore, the Scriptures were not only not received and accepted by one nation or one tribe. It’s authority has been recognized throughout the world, wherever it has gone. That there has been so much agreement concerning the Bible amongst widely diverse cultures and churches lends to the fact that it comes from God. In addition to that, the Scriptures has produced godliness in all of these groups.