Whatever you learn here, and whatever you learn elsewhere, don’t stop using the Bible. The Bible is crucial to the faith.
Look, I’m a Bible Guy. I teach the doggone thing. I love it. I talk about it all the time. I dive in there and meet my Father.
But I don’t go into it with my eyes closed. I know about the inconsistencies between the Chronicles accounts and the Kings accounts, and the disagreements between some of the gospel writers. I know what some scholars say about which letters were written by Paul and which might not have been (I think they’re probably wrong; Paul’s style is consistent). The guys who hold the thing up in the pulpit and declare, “I believe every word from Genesis to Revelation”… well, I don’t think they really do. I think they’re bragging, and I think they’re inconsistent in how they approach certain topics.
And I’ll tell you a secret: the real God, the one who sent Jesus, He knows all about who wrote what and when, too, and somehow it doesn’t intimidate Him. He still uses the Book to speak to anyone who wants to hear from Him.
So even if you come to think that maybe the Bible is not as fully inerrant as your pastor told you, that is no reason at all to stop paying attention to it. Those writers that you’re saying may not be inerrant? Those are the special messengers that Jesus trained to carry His message. If you love Jesus, pay attention to His messengers. You get to sit at Peter’s feet and hear what he has to say. Pay attention and learn. Who cares if he’s “inerrant”? What does that mean, anyhow? It’s PETER, for crying out loud. Listen to what he has to say.
But please hear this: don’t put your Bible on a stand and bow down in front of it. It’s a book. God is Spirit, not Book. When Jesus said He was going to send a replacement for Himself, He did not send a book; He sent the Holy Spirit. And He did not say the Holy Spirit would be in a book, or was sent to interpret a book; He said the Holy Spirit would be in you, and would lead you into all truth. Interpreting the Book is one of the things He does; it’s not everything He does.
And I’ll warn you about something else: the apostle Paul spent about 1/4 of his writing explaining that Christians are no longer subject to the Law of Moses. So anybody who goes into Paul’s letters or the rest of the book looking for rules that apply to every situation — they’re doing exactly what Paul said believers don’t have to do anymore. That is not what the Bible is for. So stop doing that.
One more thing: most of what skeptics tell you about the Bible is wrong. It’s way more trustworthy than they want you to think it is, even if later editors did change some of the place names in Genesis 14 and stuff like that.
Now, let’s learn some more about this book that’s so vital to our faith…
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