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Anglican Christian believe, that ‘Holy Scripture containeth all things necessary to salvation’, (Article 6 of the ‘Thirty-Nine Articles’.)

Anglicans believe that the Bible provides everything needed for our salvation and for the salvation of the world. The Bible does not provide all things needful for science or for any other branch of human learning, but it does give us all that we require for our ultimate well-being with God.

We hold the Bible, a repository of many types of writings, as true, because it bears witness to the one Word, Jesus Christ—the Word who is present in the life of the Church from age to age. If we read the Bible responsibly and in community together, with awareness of the dynamic presence of the Spirit, God will be revealed to us as holy Trinity, as life, salvation, hope, and joy.

At the same time, our faith as Anglicans combines deep loyalty to the Bible with respect for the experience of the Church over the centuries, the testimony of prophets, martyrs, saints, scholars and reformers. For Anglicans, this rich heritage has its source in the Bible, and looks to the Bible for inspiration, direction and challenge.

The biblical witness requires of us devoted study and creative endeavour in order to interpret God’s word for the times. Not all Anglicans will agree in their interpretation of the sacred text. Such disagreement may be difficult, but it is also a feature of the Anglican via media, the attempt to hold together diverse poles of Christian faith. Disagreement is also the result, in part, of the diversity of the Bible itself and the fact that it utters its saving words with more than one voice. The Bible is the ‘treasure in earthen vessels’, the diamond of revelation in which we see truth in its multiple facets, the ultimate being that of Christ himself.

 

 

 
"If we read the Bible responsibly and in community together, with awareness of the dynamic presence of the Spirit, God will be revealed to us as holy Trinity, as life, salvation, hope, and joy."