There is some discussion resulting on the last post on the Bible, so you can read it there. I will comment on some of the posts soon. I’m going to post as I have time, and when my mind is working properly, so that might end up being two a day, or one a week.
Before I scare anyone away with my title, let me explain. A myth is not something that is false necessarily. The second us in culture here the bible or the creation account or something of the like called a myth we automatically conclude that the person using the word is calling it false, and that is far from the case. Many ran into this error in their studies of York thinking everyone thought everything in the bible was false because they were calling it a myth, but this was not even remotely the case. My uncle forewarned me, so that was beneficial to know coming here.
The bible encompasses the most amazing story ever known. There is so much information packed under the text that scholars are still discovering the complexities and concepts that have been there for hundreds of years. The way that the books synchronize together helps protect the historicity of the text and affirms what is there is accurate. The way that the 66 books correspond with each other, through fulfilled prophecies and similar messages from different authors gives a confidence to the reader that they aren’t just reading a story that came to the mind of some crazy man in the woods.
The bible isn’t without its problems though. The bible does have contradictions (despite what zealous preachers or conservative evangelicals may say). Typically they aren’t anything major, anything that distorts the story in a way to change the meaning or the main points. Just in the gospels account of the resurrection story alone, there is many discrepancies about what actually went on just reading the four different accounts. There are many thousands of manuscripts for each book in the bible, yet I believe that not for one of them do we have the original manuscripts. There are many books that we don’t know the authors of them. There are parts of texts that we think are missing and some that we think are added. The authors personalities ring true in almost every book. Authors argue over what is right and wrong in other books.
The bible never uses terms like infallible, inerrant or authoritative in its texts; these are terms that we give them to try to encapsulate what we think of it. The bible is actually remarkably silent about the role that it should play in our lives besides a few verses here and there like in Paul’s letter to Timothy and Old Testament passages which of course are usually talking strictly about only the Torah.
With all these problems; one thing remains. The bible testifies God’s story. Without the bible we would know nothing about how God has worked through history to bring about his redemptive plan for humankind. That which testifies to the story is errant. That which testifies to the story is not infallible. It is the story that holds these qualities. It is God’s story/plan that holds all authority. It is God’s story that can’t be replaced by anything else. The story is found in the bible, the bible is irreplaceable, but it doesn’t replace or have the same characteristics as the story itself. You read a book about Cinderella, the book and the words aren’t the story, the story happened already and the book just explains what happened with the story.
That is the way I view the bible. As the irreplaceable, priceless texts that point to the story of God’s redemptive plan in history which points to Christ.