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Is all of it the word of GOD?  And is JESUS CHRIST the only path to GOD?

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Lew:

Thank you for your question.  As Lutheran Christians, we believe that the Holy Bible is the Word of God, "insofar as it points to Christ." (Martin Luther) Jesus Christ is the Word of God (John 1) and the Bible contains the witness of Jesus Christ for the people of God.  Some have termed this, "the words that show us the Word."  It it all holy? Yes, we believe that the Bible is the record of what the Holy Spirit has passed on to us, what we need to know to understand and accept the revelation of God in Jesus Christ.  But, we evaluate the Scripture by means of that revelation.  Many of the laws recorded in the Torah, or first five books of the Bible, such as kosher eating, no longer pertain to us in an authoritative manner.  The Law was, as St. Paul says in Galatians 3:23-24, a "tutor" that kept the people connected to God until Jesus came.

Jesus is the final, ultimate revelation of God's saving love for the world (John 3:16-17) and as such is the way to God.  We believe that he is the final way to God, the one given to us by God.  Could someone be saved without knowing Jesus?  Perhaps, that is up to God's divine judgement and grace, but we proclaim and teach that Jesus is the way to the Father and the only way of which we are certain.

I hope that this has been helpful.

Blessing to you,
Martin

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Martin W. Eldred

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I have been a Lutheran Christian for 55 years and a Lutheran pastor for almost 27. I can answer most general questions about Luther, Lutheran History, Lutheran Theology, and a Lutheran approach to Biblical Interpretation. I am ELCA, for those who know what that means, and I tend to be moderate theologically. I hope that I can converse with those that are either more conservative or liberal than I, and especially with those who are really just seeking.

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Pastors are "generalists" and generally have a working knowledge on many subjects. We are also used to working with a variety of answers from a variety of people. I teach a great deal, especially in the area ofthe New Testament. I particulalry enjoy the Pauline literature.

Organizations
I have been a member of the Society of Biblical Literature, an international gathering of biblical scholars and teachers, since the late 1980s.

Publications
I have written a few book reviews for the journal, "Lutheran Quarterly."

Education/Credentials
I have a B.A. from Pacific Lutheran University in Religion (Biblical Studies)and a Master of Divinity from Wartburg Theological Seminary, and I am currently completing a PhD in New Testament.

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