The publication of a new translation of the Bible should be an occasion for rejoicing. The availability of Scripture in a new language, or a fresh rendering in “modern dress” for people already possessing the Bible, can be of great importance in propagating the faith.
Since the death of our founder, R. J. Rushdoony (“Rush”), Chalcedon has rallied around its central thesis, Faith for All of Life. These five words present the primary idea that we seek to establish: that the Christian faith should not be isolated to issues of the heart, but is to be comprehensively applied to every area of life and thought.
The man who called for the plagues, who led the Exodus, who brought down the law from Sinai was Moses, whom God knew face to face. Those who rebelled against his authority suffered immediate and extraordinary judgment. And so when Moses gave Israel the Torah, the first five books of the Bible, God’s people recognized it at once as the authoritative and infallible word of God.
Your view of God will determine how you read the Bible. Hermeneutics grow out of theology.
How can we know God? For that matter, how do we know anything?
Does the Bible mean what it says, or only what each of us thinks it means? Have you ever heard a Christian say, “Well, it’s true for me”?
I work in an environment with thousands of young people, many of them at critical thresholds of their lives. Most are seeking direction for the future (college majors, careers, marriage choices, etc.). Many of them ask,“What is God’s will for my life?”
God is outside His creation. He is not part of it, but the Creator and Sustainer of it. As the Sovereign Ruler over the creation He made, God is not Himself affected by it, but rather stands outside to affect it.
Committed Christians are Bible-believing Christians (1 Thes. 2:13). We believe we are sanctified by the Word of truth (Jn. 17:17). We understand that we must diligently feed upon the solid meat of Scripture (Heb. 5:12-14). We happily examine the words of ministers, searching the Scriptures to see whether these things are so (Ac. 17:11). Consequently, one sign of the committed Christian is his or her well-marked Bible.
The idea of dominion is one of the oldest in Scripture. We read in Genesis 1:27-28: “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over fowl in the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.”
The Bible should be our most prized possession; it is God’s instruction manual for living, and everything we do should be viewed “through the spectacles of Scripture.”1 Jesus instructs us, “Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God” (Mt 4:4).
After the War Between the States, General Robert E. Lee accepted the presidency of a struggling college in the small Shenandoah Valley village of Lexington, Virginia. General Lee was accustomed to lost causes. The War had decimated Virginia’s economy and, along with it, the future prospects of Washington College. Though the school’s rich history included an endowment of stock by George Washington,1 its future seemed rather dismal.