God's Word

The Bible is the verbally (every word) and plenary (completely) inspired Word of God as contained in the original manuscripts (2 Tim. 3:16-17).  The writers were moved along by the Holy Spirit as they wrote the books of the Bible (2 Pet. 1:20-21; Heb. 1:1).  All portions of Scripture are equally inspired and contain no contradictions.  The Scriptures are the only rule of faith and practice for the believer (2 Pet. 1:3-4; 1 Cor. 10:11).

God worked through separate authors, using their different personalities and writing styles.  Even though these writers had different writing styles, there is remarkable unity due to the super-intending of the writings by the Holy Spirit. 

The Bible is complete, containing sixty-six books (thirty-nine books in the Old Testament and twenty-seven books in the New Testament).  Nothing shall be added to it nor taken from it (Rev. 22:18-19).  

God wants us to understand His Word.  Therefore, the Scriptures should be interpreted in their natural, literal sense in all types of literature, including prophecy.  When seeking to understand God’s Word, one should take into account the grammatical relationship of words, the historical context, the type of literature, as well as the teaching of the entirety of Scripture.  The interpreter must also understand that figurative language is sometimes used in Scripture (cf. John 10:9; Mark 9:47).  We understand certain passages to be allegories, but only when the writer of Scripture specifically identifies a passage as such (cf. Gal. 4:24).