I’ve had a few concerned people mention some things about my posts on the bible. Surprisingly the concern was the ‘contradictions’ part of my posts. You can read the entire church series here. I thought I would clarify a bit so people don’t think I’m discrediting the bible by saying it has errors.
The point of me saying that there are errors is to try and help tear people away from the preconceived belief (that most people would deny) that the bible is a god. Not to tear people from the bible itself. The reason I think the bible is a God is for a number of reasons.
1. The church calls the bible the ‘word of god’ and they also call Jesus the ‘word of god.’ Jesus is God. So they are putting the bible on the same level as Jesus himself in their language.
2. When you ask a church what their foundation of their church is built on. Almost all will tell you the scriptures. Unfortunately the bible itself doesn’t give itself that kind of pedestal. Christ is supposed to be the cornerstone of the church.
3. We encourage believers to base their lives and their ministries and their actions and beliefs on the bible when for some reason the bible’s message isn’t the bible itself but it is Christ alone.
4. If we are so set on the idea that the bible is errorless and we can’t see there being any other way out of it, then I think we have a problem if we have elevated the bible so high in our lives that we feel threatened when someone points out errors in the bible.
Now even those that approach me on my contradictions statement agree that for example that the sign on top of Jesus’ cross said something different in each cross. Now you can look at that and argue that well it’s not that big of a deal. You can look at that and argue that its not really an error, but God told each author to write what they did. Or finally you could look at the four different signs and realize that each sign is in fact different, not the same, and accept that as an error.
The point of pointing out errors is to eliminate the thought that the bible is a god. It can’t be a god if it has errors. Maybe by acknowledging that there is tension in the text will help us relax a bit when it comes to the signpost of the bible. If we didn’t depend so much on our bibles as our power, sword, strength, comfort, rock and foundation then I think we wouldn’t be that big of a deal to admit to errors in the text. However, we give the bible the position of a god, and that’s why so many people cringe when I call them errors.