God 's Word And Identity : How We Decipher True From False Revelation? Essay

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God 's Word & Identity: How We Decipher True From False Revelation Pass or Fail Class (P/D/F) Michael Fegins ET1000- Liturgical Shape of Christian Life December 22, 2016 How can a person know whether or not his or her revelation of God is valid? I believe that one can find answers in the writings of James Cone. In his writings, A Black Theology of Liberation, Cone writes a chapter entitled, “The Sources and Norm of Black Theology”. One of the sources that Cone mentions, as sources of black theology, is revelation. What I will be arguing is that any revelation that a person receives as coming from God must be consistent with the Bible. There are four factors, I believe, that validate this thesis statement: the Bible as a witness, God as the Revelator, the person of Jesus Christ, and the character of God. With regard to the first point, any revelation that a person perceives has come from God must be consistent with the Bible. The Bible is the verbal communication of who God is. Therefore, the Holy Scriptures can gauge the truth of a person’s revelation. Cone emphasizes in “The Sources and Norm of Black Theology”, that “the Bible can serve as a guide for checking the contemporary interpretation of God’s revelation, making certain that our interpretation is consistent with the biblical witness.” Nonetheless, it is safe to conclude that the Bible can test any epiphany that a person claims is from God. Additionally, the notion of a

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