The bible without error? I guess that depends…

Erik left a comment on one of my previous posts, which I want to reply to in a post… as I think it may serve to clarify or even raise some further conversation and questions. I also think it is important to say what difference this makes. (This is not a blog for simply spouting off doctrine | philosophy | knowledge. At the least, I hope there is conversation to be had. Personal is best.) Erik states that:

that the bible does claim inerrancy/infallibility–or at the very least teaches principles which require and imply them. Ps 19:7, Prov 30:5, 2 Tim 3:16,17 are good places to start.

So what I want to do is define what I mean by inerrancy and infallibility.

Inerrant: has no error. Many people take this to the extreme by saying that everything that the Bible says happened occurred exactly that way. We take it as a precise historical document of pure truth. Perhaps I could subscribe to inerrancy if it meant that the Bible states everything that the authors wanted to state.

Infallible: incapable of erring. This seems to me to give the Bible an authority in and of itself that says that no matter how anyone interprets it, it cannot possible be wrong. Since I believe that the Bible mainly has authority by means of God’s spirit and communities that interpret it, I struggle with this one. Maybe I could be ok with infallibility if it meant that it is incapable of meaning something different than what the authors intended it to mean. Since we consistently place our own biases on the authors and we can’t sit down and have a cup of coffee with any of them, this is pretty much impossible

2 thoughts on “The bible without error? I guess that depends…

  1. In the Protestant church only the 66 books approved by the Archbishop of Canterbury in 1885, which today is known as the Authorized King James Bible, are allowed.
    Fourteen other books, which were included in the original King James Bible, and 22 other books which were mentioned or quoted in the King James Bible, are not included today.
    There was no specific list or accounting of all the books that made up the Bible until the commission of the first Bible by the Emperor Constantine in the 4th Century AD.
    It is believed there were up to 600 books, taken out by the formation of Catholicism by Constantine; even one lost book is a great loss.
    Also many do not know that the Apocryphal books were actually included in the King James translation until they were officially taken out by the Archbishop of Canterbury in 1885.
    I will now give you the names of some of the other Holy books, mentioned in the Bible.
    Book of Jasher. – Joshua 10:13 And the sun stood still, and the moon stayed, until the people had avenged themselves upon their enemies. Is not this written in the book of Jasher?
    2 Samuel 1:18 (Also he bade them teach the children of Judah the use of the bow: behold, it is written in the book of Jasher.)
    Book of Enoch. – Jude 1:14 And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints,
    Book of Samuel the seer, – Book of Nathan the prophet, – Book of Gad the seer.
    1 Chronicles 29:29 Now the acts of David the king, first and last, behold, they are written in the book of Samuel the seer, and in the book of Nathan the prophet, and in the book of Gad the seer,
    There are many more Holy Scripture books named, which can be found mentioned in the Bible. As Paul said “all scripture is given by inspiration of God” 2 Timothy 3:16 :: King James
    My conclusion is that if these books mentioned by God’s people in the Bible, was good enough for them to read and to study, and to accept that it is the word of God, then I to accept that these other books mentioned in the Bible is the word of God. And to reject them would be a grave loss to me. But we do know that if man has any involvement in writing God’s Word, he makes mistakes and sometimes changes the Word of God, therefore we must always seek the Holy Spirits teaching when we are reading holy scriptures today, for the Holy Spirit will always lead us into all truth as Jesus said.



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