Sunday, December 30, 2007
The Inerrant Bible
Recently my reading has been on the Bible's credibility (hence the title). As I have thought about this, I realized, that many people say that the Bible teaches superb ideals to practice in their life, but not that it is the inerrant word of God. This is a rather flawed look, for if the Bible has the authority to speak about how one should live their life, then what keeps it from being the main authority on everything that is written in it? It written do not lie, murder, steal, or commit adultery, and these are great ideals to practice, and if we practice these then life would be, seemingly, easier. However if it is taken as an authority in those ten things, then what keeps it from being taken in authority for everything it states? James Montgomery Boice says in "Foundations for the Christian Faith", "many appeal to the scriptures in defense of basic doctrines... But if the Bible is authoritative and accurate in these matters, there is no reason why it should not be authoritative and accurate when speaking about itself." Thus if the Bible is to be taken as the plum line on some things, then it should be taken as the plum line on all things. I see it as an all or nothing, you either believe that all the Bible is true, or none of it is true. If you say some things are true and others are not, then the things you see as truth are nor really true, for why should they be true when they are contained alongside falsehoods in the same book? "In the Pentateuch the words, 'the LORD said' occur almost eight-hundred times." Therefore the Bible claims to be the "God breathed" word of God. It claims to be the word of God, thus, if the parts of the Book are take as truth, than so must this truth.