As our culture moves further away from the natural acceptance of metaphysical claims and into a skepticism of them, how can we know when revelation (a source of information explaining to us things beyond our sense perception) is valid and when it is “progressively man made” (see last blog post also on the protection against progressive revelation)? The short answer is that we can know true revelation by comprehending God’s words to us. The deeper question is where do we find God’s words. Enter the Bible, whose authors (especially Paul in 2 Timothy 3:16 and Peter in 2 Peter 1:19-21) and its Chief Object (Jesus and His use of the very words of scripture as God’s words of authority in His debates with doubters throughout the New Testament) see its words, syntax and grammar as a static and unchangeable repository of the issues God meant for us to know (see “static” in a positive sense…”God breathed and carved in stone”). It is a matter of faith (albeit reasonable and internally consistent) to have this view of the Bible. But in an active sense, Karl Barth describes the Bible as God’s word this way, “the direct identification of [God’s] revelation and the Bible…is not one we can presuppose or anticipate. It takes place as an event when and where the Bible becomes God’s word…when and where the biblical word comes into play as a word of witness…when and where we are enabled by means of His word to see and hear what [the apostles] saw and heard.” (I 1. 113). The Bible can work actively and remind statically of the historical supernatural events and their implications for our lives. Cool stuff!!