Document: C. Vanderwaal, Search the Scriptures, Vol. I: Genesis to Exodus, trans. by Theodore Plantinga (St. Catharines, ON.: Paideia Press, 1978).

Excerpt: The Book of books. In Article 7 of the Belgic Confession (1561), we read: “We believe that these Holy Scriptures fully contain the will of God and teach sufficiently all that man must believe if he is to be saved.” This confession also declares that “The whole manner of worship which God requires of us is written in them at large.” If this is also our confession, we must live by Scripture alone. The Bible is all we need. But why? Christianity is not the only religion based on sacred writings. Why do we accept the Bible and reject the Koran, the Edda, and the holy books of India? Why do we push aside all those other books, which certainly contain a great deal of wisdom, and focus our attention on that one “book of books”? I have no other answer to offer than this: the Bible itself claims to be the sole revelation of God. And faith accepts this claim. Faith’s acceptance is based on the Bible’s testimony about itself. The Scriptures claim to reveal the will of God to us; they are a lamp shedding light on our path. Woe to the man who adds anything to the Scriptures or takes anything away from them. We live by Scripture alone. Sola Scriptura!

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