Everything in the Scriptures is God's Word. All of it is useful for teaching and helping people and for correcting them and showing them how to live. The Scriptures train God's servants to do all kinds of good deeds. (2 Tim 3:16-17, CEV)
I'd really like to know more the interaction between the content of Scripture, and the psychology of learning, to understand more deeply how Scripture supports our growth in character and spiritual discipline. Just off the top of my head, i can see the following roles for Biblical instruction:
- We learn facts we didn't know before, and taught basic principles about spiritual life
- We're directed to specific thoughts and deeds, and warned against sinful living.
- We're given motivation and encouragement to do what's right
- We see examples of how to (and how not to) live out godly principles, in the lives of the characters described there
- We're invited to worship God through psalms and poems
and no doubt others. Surely somebody has put together some clear ideas about this? Let me know what you think.
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