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Bible Wiki is a Christian website that documents the Bible and its historical, literary and theological content in order to demonstrate that the Bible is authored by God and is historically accurate. This page is meant to document the beliefs of the website, which in turn provides the definition for what is considered canonical content. Content that is un-canonical (is opposite to any of the listed beliefs) is likely to be reverted or heavily modified in order to match canon content. Acceptance of all or these beliefs are not required, however, it is difficult to contribute canonical content without such acceptance. All editors given special editing permissions or authority on the wiki must be in primary agreement with the views listed.

In summary, Bible Wiki holds fast to clearly discernible biblical truths (using the historical-grammatical approach). While we clearly identify as an evangelical organization, we are committed to teaching the Bible first and traditions later. This is not meant to be a comprehensive statement of faith, but rather to set forth the fundamental views that govern the content of wiki and thus our understanding of God's Word.

The Bible

  • The Bible is ultimately authored and "spoken" by God, while using human authors who creatively wrote for the Holy Spirit[1].
  • The Bible consists of 66 books (the “canon” as they appear in the English Bible) ) that are not complete without each other, yet on their own are inspired[2].
  • Scripture was written to be an example for Christians[3], equip us to do good works, instruct in the Faith and to give all the necessary knowledge needed for Salvation[4]. The Word of God is totally sufficient for equipping believers to practice godly behavior and its fundamental meaning does not change across culture.

God

  • The God of the Bible, who identifies himself as Yahweh (see list for other names), is the Creator of the universe[5] and is the all powerful[6] supreme being that is everywhere[7] and knows everything.
  • God is self-existent[8] in unity as three persons (the Trinity), The Father, The Son (Jesus Christ), and the Holy Spirit which all have distinct roles yet are one God[9]. Yahweh alone is to be worshipped and is God, while also ruling over the heavenly host which he delegates power to.

Jesus Christ

  • The person of God, The Son, Jesus Christ, was born of a virgin birth[10] and became God-incarnate, being fully God and fully human[11]
  • Jesus Christ was fully man, yet without sin[12], thus fulfilling the law[13] and making Him the only candidate to take the punishment for our sins[14]. Jesus Christ died by Crucifixion, in order to atone for the sins of mankind and demonstrate the depths of God's love.
  • Living a sinless life and being God, Jesus modeled the life that all people should live through his teachings and actions. Jesus expects those who follow him to offer their wholehearted devotion to him, over their own desires.
  • After his death, Jesus Christ resurrected from the grave after three days- validating that he was God and offering a future hope of resurrection to all those who believe him. Some time later, he ascended into Heaven, promising to one day return[15]. He will return one day to defeat evil and Satan, judge mankind and bring about the promised hope of perfection to the faithful.

Man

  • Humanity was created in the image of God, reflecting many of the traits of God. Man has dominion over the creation and is to responsibly govern all life on Earth. [16]
  • Man will either have eternal communion with God, in an environment restored to perfection (called Heaven) or will experience the wrath and punishment of God (called Hell). Only those who are saved through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ will experience the perfection brought about eternal life. After death, people will live on in eternity.
  • Mankind was created as Male and Female. Sexual and spiritual union is achieved through marriage, which is a permanent and committed relationship between one man and one woman [17].
  • Humans are formed by God from the womb [18]
  • Mankind was made for the purpose of glorifying God [19]
  • Mankind has free will to make decisions, yet individuals are predestined in their faith and actions[20]. Free Will and Predestination work in conjunction simultaneously as part of God's providence.
  • Mankind is imperfect, flawed, mortal and sinful.[21] [22]

Verses

  1. Heb 1:1, Luke 1:70,2 Pet 1:20-21,Gal 1:11-12 (Link)
  2. Rev 22:19, Deut 4:2, Prov 30:6 (Link)
  3. Rom 15:4, 1 Cor 10:11 (Link)
  4. 2 Tim 3:15 (Link)
  5. Gen 1:1, Heb 11:3, John 1:1-3, Isa 45:7, Isa 66;2, Eph 3:9, Rev 4:11, Isa 37;16, , Col 1:16, Jer 10:12-13 (Link)
  6. Matt 19:26, Luke 1:37, Jer 32:27 (Link)
  7. Jer 23:24, Prov 15:3 (Link)
  8. Exo. 3:14 (Link)
  9. John 10:30, 1 Corinth 8:6, John 14:16-17, 1 Peter 1:2, 1 John 5:7-8, John 1:14, 2 Corinth 3:17, Eph 4:4-6 (Link)
  10. Isa 7:14,Matt 1:23, Luke 1:27 (Link)
  11. Col 2:9, Luke 2:11 (Link)
  12. 1 Peter 2:22, Heb 4:15, 2 Corinth 5:21, 1 John 3:5 (Link)
  13. Matt 5:17 (Link)
  14. Rom 8:3 (Link)
  15. 1 Cor 15:3-4 (Link)
  16. Gen 1:27 (Link)
  17. Gen 2:22-24, Eph 5:22-33, Matt 19:4-6 (Link)
  18. Psalm 139:13, Job 10:11, Psalm 119:73, Ecc 11:5, Isa 44:24 (Link)
  19. Isa 43:7,Psalm 86:9,Psalm 19:1,Ephesians 1:4,Ephesians 1:6 (Link)
  20. Prov 16:33; Romans 8:29-30; Matt 24:22; Mark 13:20,27; Rom 8:33; Eph 1:11; Col 3:12; 1 Thess 1:4; 1 Tim 5:21; Tim 2:10; Tit 1:1; 1 Peter 1:1; 2 Peter 2:9; Acts 9:15; Gal 1:16; Acts 13:48 (Link)
  21. Ecc 7:20, 1 John 1:8,Job 15:14, Prov 20:9, Jer 2:35, Romans 3:10, James 3:2, (Link)
  22. 1 Kings 8:46, 2 Chr 6:36 (Link)
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