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The Authority of the Bible (Sort Of)

I find it fascinating when I read people who say that they believe in the authority of the Bible while denying its inerrancy.  Logically, if the Bible has all authority than should it not follow that whatever it says is without error regarding what it says?  How can the Bible be right about the virgin birth of Christ but wrong about creation?  How can the Bible be right about Jesus’ command to love our enemies (Matthew 5:43-48) but wrong about His miracles?

Furthermore, who decides what is authoritative?  Who decides whether we should obey a passage of Scripture or simply deny that is the Word of God?  A church council?  A creed?  A theologian?  I once was having a conversation with a couple of Mormon missionaries and one admitted to me that he did not trust the Bible at all.  He said to me, “I don’t know if the entire Bible is not corrupted and the whole thing is wrong.”  I appreciated his honesty (we were discussing the issue of why do we need the Book of Mormon) though I disagree with him.  Manuscript evidence alone shows that the Bible we hold in our hands is trustworthy even if translated by flesh and blood.

The number one issue I believe for “scholars” rejecting the Bible as inerrant is because of pride.  They have elevated human wisdom above God.  If God is truly sovereign then could He not preserve His Word?  If God truly is in control of all things and nothing happens without His knowledge, could He not protect His Word knowing that His Word would bring the message of redemption to the nations (Luke 24:47; John 20:31)?  I believe the Bible makes it clear that God is sovereign (Psalm 115:3; Romans 11:33-36) and the words of Jesus are faithful and true (John 10:35) that God’s Word cannot be broken.

Finally, what is the authority of the Bible in relation to?  Is the Bible only authoritative when it speaks about God, about angels, about Christ, about salvation?  Again, who decides these things?  When we reject the inerrancy of the Bible, how can we trust what the Bible says about heaven while rejecting what it says about Noah and the flood?

I, for one, would rather trust God and take Him at His Word than to trust so-called theologians who reject His Word for their own feeble minds.


Written by The Seeking Disciple

10/31/2012 at 1:17 PM

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  1. I would recomment reading some books on inerrancy, both from the pro- and anti-side. Since I am anti-inerrancy as it is formulated by the CSBI, I think that it is they who have the problem of pride and it is the pride in there own interpretations of the BIble. That is, the CSBI has a lot of good insights in it, like assessing the genre of the text, but it goes too far when it claims that the Creation and Flood accounts MUST be read as “factual”. That is, they create a false dilemma with the idea that God either tells the truth or lies and it is unthinkable that God lies. What God did in the Bible was accommodate to the original readers, informing them of spiritual truths in ways they could understand.

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