Orange County Friends Meeting
Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)

Costa Mesa, California

Bible

For many Friends, the Judeo-Christian Bible is an interpretation of God's revelation over many centuries and a rich and sustaining source of inspiration.

While early Friends affirmed the inspiration of the scriptures, they made a distinction that has remained vital to this day. In Henry Cadbury's words:

"Divine revelation was not confined to the past. The same Holy Spirit that had inspired the scriptures in the past could inspire living believers centuries later. Indeed, for the right understanding of the past, the present insight from the same Sprit was essential."

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"If we were to say, “What’s a scriptural foundation of Quakerism?”, there are verses we would point to and say, for instance, “This is where we got our name. This is where have our understanding of God. This is where the idea of unity comes from.”."