This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1865 edition. Excerpt: ... soever name or form it is presented to us. There cannot be any compromise upon this point, or any via media between a proper revelation from God in the Scripture sense of the word, and the denial of it. The Bible is God-given or it is man-given; and the short and certain way out of the difficulty or ambiguities of a subjective or internal revelation, is just the ancient proof that God has at sundry times and in divers manners spoken unto the fathers by the prophets; and that the supernatural word upon the earth, like the word of a king, must put to silence or rule the lesser oracles of reason and conscience in man. III. But there is a third point connected with the proper idea or definition of revelation to which it is necessary to advert, in the light of recent discussions. In affirming that the Bible contains a supernatural communication of truth from God, we make no distinction between different passages of the sacred volume, or different portions of its contents, as if one were more or less of a revelation than another, or as if some were and some were not a revelation at all. The general fact of the existence of a supernatural revelation, in the proper sense of the word, may be admitted while it is limited to certain departments of Scripture, and to a certain kind of Scripture truths, and denied to others. And the question is a very important one, both generally and in its bearing upon the debate as to inspiration, whether or not we are warranted and required to recognise within the Bible itself a distinction between some of its facts and statements as, strictly speaking, constituting a revelation from God, and others of its facts and statements as not entitled to that character or appellation. The distinction introduced during the...
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