A confession of faith is like a photograph. Just like when you decide to look for a wife and you decide to pull up a dating site, you can pull up a two dimensional photo of a three dimensional person; The good news is when you meet her in person and you get the benefit of enjoying all the dimensions of her, you may notice that she is a lot more round than you anticipated on the two dimensional photo, which means there is a whole lot more of her to love.
The same is with a confession of faith. It is a narrative of ones beliefs so that seasoned Christians can know where the person who holds the view is coming from and new Christians can get a snap shot of what kind of teaching to expect, but it is not infallible, and it is not to be studied exegetically. It may point out a few basic points of one’s views, but if you dedicate your life to reading and studying the bible, you will find out that there is a lot more to love.
In many debates, I see people on both sides sticking to a script and never letting the bible speak for it’s self. After all; All scripture is God breathed, and is profitable for: doctrine – What’s right, reproof – What’s not right, correction – How to get it right, instruction in righteousness – How to stay right.
II Timothy 3:16
All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
II Timothy 3:17
That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.
We are also thoroughly furnished with the word of God so we have everything we need in scripture to learn the word of God. Jesus told us that the Holy Spirit will bring to our rememberance all of what he said. If we don’t actually read the bible, how can we remember?
These things have I spoken unto you, being yet present with you.
But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.