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Art. 20. Affermiamo che poiché Dio è l’autore di ogni verità, tutte le verità, siano esse bibliche o non, sono coerenti e in armonia le une con le altre e che la Bibbia dice la verità quando si riferisce a temi relativi alla natura, alla storia o ogni altra cosa. Affermiamo anche che in certi casi gli elementi extra-biblici sono utili per chiarire ciò che la Bibbia insegna e per suggerire Ia correzione di interpretazioni erronee. Respingiamo l’idea secondo cui dei punti di vista non biblici possano rigettare la Bibbia o avere la precedenza nei suoi confronti.


What is in view here is not so much the nature of truth (which is treated in Article VI), but the consistency and coherence of truth.

This is directed at those views which consider truth paradoxical or contradictory. This article declares that a proper hermeneutics avoids contradictions, since God never affirms as true two propositions, one of which is logically the opposite of the other.

Further, this Affirmation recognizes that not all truth is in the Bible (though all that is affirmed in the Bible is true). God has revealed Himself in nature and history as well as in Scripture. However, since God is the ultimate Author of all truth, there can be no contradiction between truths of Scripture and the true teachings of science and history.

Although only the Bible is the normative and infallible rule for doctrine and practice, nevertheless what one learns from sources outside Scripture can occasion a reexamination and reinterpretation of Scripture. For example, some have taught the world to be square because the Bible refers to "the four corners of the earth" (Isa. 11:12). But scientific knowledge of the spherical nature of the globe leads to a correction of this faulty interpretation. Other clarifications of our understanding of the biblical text are possible through the study of the social sciences.

However, whatever prompting and clarifying of Scripture that extrabiblical studies may provide, the final authority for what the Bible teaches rests in the text of Scripture itself and not in anything outside it (except in God Himself). The Denial makes clear this priority of the teaching of God's scriptural revelation over anything outside it.

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