I’m having a hard time with all these posts on inerrancy. I guess in my challenges of inerrancy everyone thinks that I automatically default to the bible being errant. I don’t know if I’m comfortable with that either though. My theology, many of my beliefs, my God, my Saviour and even a majority of my posts on this website are based on and from the bible. My challenges against inerrancy aren’t because I’m trying to prove the bible as errant. That is why I am hesitant to give examples of contradictions (cause Andrew you’re right, just go to any website and Google and I could pop up hundreds). People seem to think that because I’m challenging inerrancy I’m disregarding everything about the bible and any faith based on a non-inerrant document is worthless.
I hinted at this a bit in my post about language. What if trying to label the bible as errant or inerrant it’s like trying to label an orange a dairy product or a meat product? What if inerrancy or not isn’t the question? What if we try so hard to pin these terms to the bible and we got so comfortable with them that we just think that it has to be them or the opposite? In other words, we get so comfortable with the term inerrancy and pinning it to the bible that any challenge against it we automatically assume they are arguing for the bible being errant. Of course we think the worst also. If it is errant it must be so errant that it is unable to produce any truth. This is furthest from what I’m trying to get at.
What if possibly the bible is errant and inerrant? As stupid and illogical as that sounds, the bible is full of paradox’s itself why can’t it be a paradox?
I think it is C.S. Lewis that said something along the lines that it is the devil’s favourite trick to get people to focus on one truth in exclusion for another. I’m not sure exactly where I land on this issue at all. I’m far from being able to make a decision. I just don’t see inerrancy as a logical conclusion for me. I don’t see the bible being errant as one either. Maybe it is in the middle somewhere, whatever that means or looks like. I’m not sure. Why do we have to give it one of these two terms? Terms that the bible itself doesn’t even use.