Cauley addresses questions, urges personal study

Friday, February 7, 2003

Biblical Questions and Answers 2002; Kevin Cauley; soft cover with spiral spine; 76 pages; elders of Berryville church of Christ, available free of charge by writing the church at 909 W. Trimble, Berryville, AR 72616, or e-mail bvcoc@alltel.net.

The Bible says for Christians to "Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." (II Timothy 2:15, King James Version)

Certainly the church of Christ denomination, not to be confused with the more liberal United Church of Christ, has made the study of the Bible, with a direct focus on the New Testament, its hallmark. In fact, emphasis on following the teachings of the New Testament may be the only common point of the denomination's estimated two million members.

Kevin Cauley has compiled his responses to a number of questions generated from the local church's "question and answer night," and collected in a box at his office, as well as questions that have come in over the Internet.

Bible scholars from other denominations may take exception to Cauley's responses. He is careful to back his reasoned responses with Scripture; and where he expresses his opinion, as in his response to a question about children's angels, he clearly identifies it as such.

Given the plethora of Protestant denominations, the responses will evoke disagreement in some quarters. If the reader takes issue, he is obliged to do his homework to back up his argument with Scripture ---- not rely on "religious" prejudices.

As Cauley states in his introduction, "I exhort you to put my answers to the Biblical test. Don't just accept the answers given as true, but compare them to God's word and see if what is being said is true."

Cauley calls for religious unity, based upon God's word. He writes, "Unity must come as the result of correctly understanding and applying the Scriptures (1 Corinthians 1:10). We cannot have religious unity as long as men insist upon observing their own traditions."

Questions range from the presence of demons today, and the appropriateness of lighting a candle to show unity as a country, to the gift of the Holy Spirit and the relevance of the 10 Commandments to today's church.

Whether Bible scholars agree with Cauley or not, using his responses in a comparative personal study may bring about a deeper search of the Scriptures.

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