The Bible IS Inerrant and Other Thoughts About the Bible

Recently this site published an article by Daniel Scholl where he said he “does not believe in the inerrancy of the Bible.”  To say that readers reacted to this article would be an understatement.  Many had strong reactions and voiced their views either as public comments on this site or as direct e-mails to the ministry.  The overwhelming majority of views expressed were not in support of Daniel’s position.

EDITOR’S NOTE:  Read Daniel Scholl’s anti-inerrancy article and related comments here.

Preface

Changing the Face of Christianity, as an organization, has not taken a position on the inerrancy of the Bible.  Rather CFC sees its role as a facilitator of dialogue because important topics like this need to be discussed, processed, and integrated into our theology.

If God is going to be God, then my opinion or yours simply can’t count

It is good to remember here that with the exception of R. Brad White, the authors you read on this site are not in charge of the ministry. We also are not employed by this ministry. So whatever views we express may or may not be official views of the ministry.

The mission and purpose of Changing the Face of Christianity is bigger than any one of its site’s authors, and it’s bigger than its founder, R. Brad White. Brad would readily tell you that this ministry isn’t about him or his beliefs. It’s about reversing negative Christian stereotypes by helping Christians be more like Jesus Christ.

You should also know that this ministry isn’t particularly persuaded by the offense that its readers may take from time to time over what they read here.  Jesus Christ has always been controversial, confrontational, and even offensive.  (Remember that He was tortured and killed because the majority of people didn’t like what He had to say!)  And as it happens, there are several aspects of Christianity that aren’t particularly popular.  Several of the things that Jesus said give me angst.  But that doesn’t make them any less true.

But let’s face it, if God is going to be God, then my opinion or yours simply can’t count.  God’s opinion is the only relevant one.  Mankind cannot understand the ways of God (Isaiah 55:8-9), so we would be fools to expect our opinions to line up with His.  In this context, we would be fools to think that we’ll like or agree with everything that’s in the Bible.

On Truth

The thing about truth is that it is still true – even if you don’t believe it.

The thing about truth is that it is still true – even if you don’t believe it.  Similarly, anything that’s not true can never become true even if everyone believes it.  That’s a dilemma, because people aren’t typically looking for absolute truth when they investigate any religion.  Rather we tend to look for religions that we can agree with and/or like … instead of religions that are true.  Do you see the difference?

Often mankind looks at things that work — and assumes that they’re true.  We look at circumstances and if everything looks and feels right, then we assume that it is right.  But the thing is, truth and circumstances are typically not the same things.  In fact, circumstances can be enormous liars.  If we want the truth we must learn to look beyond the circumstances, beyond the obvious or the apparent.

It’s good to remember that truth is always absolute.  It’s never relative.  In other words, truth won’t be buffeted by the circumstances.  It won’t change based on the conditions.  The fact that truth has this characteristic about it is perhaps some of the greatest evidence that it is truth; it endures time, culture, circumstances, situations, and other variables.

Here again, we are confronted with another problem about mankind.  Humans don’t like absolute truth.  We tend to prefer truth that’s squishy, that can bend and twist according to the circumstances.  That allows wrong to be right (or at least okay) sometimes — as in the case of a “white lie.”  It also allows right to expand its’ scope to include, “there’s nothing wrong with what I’m doing.”  We want to think that the absence of wrong equals the presence of right.

Like I said, truth is always absolute, and resolute.  And truth stubbornly resists change over time and through circumstances.  These are some of the most indicative characteristics of truth.

On Believing

One of the reasons that negative stereotypes exist in Christianity is that too much is left to interpretation.  We avoid God’s absolute truths, and that allows us to believe what we like and/what feels good.  It also allows us to look at circumstances and conclude that the absence of resistance or conflict is indicative of truth.

But if one doesn’t get clear on what’s true and refine his or her beliefs accordingly, one will be vulnerable to believe anything.  And it’s not enough to just believe in God.  What differentiates Christ-followers is not that we believe, but rather it’s about what we believe.  And that is so critical because what we believe will determine how we respond to circumstances, to adversity, to conflict, and even to God.

Understanding Scripture

You see, God doesn’t just give us the Bible.  He also tells us how to approach the Bible, how to understand and even how to regard the Bible.

So how should we regard the Bible?  What should we believe and why?  We need fundamental facts that could shape the thinking of a Christ-follower with regard to the Bible.  And we need them to be free of mankind’s biases and sinful preferences.  The good news is that those fundamental facts are clearly evident in the Bible.

You see, God doesn’t just give us the Bible.  He also tells us how to approach the Bible, how to understand and even how to regard the Bible.
Let’s see how Scripture can help us here:

  • The Christian Bible alone, and in its entirety is the revealed Word of God.
2 Timothy 3:16 All Scripture is God-breathed …
2 Peter 1:20 … you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation.
2 Peter 1:21 … prophecy never had its origin in … man, but men spoke (and wrote) from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.
1 Thessalonians 2:13 … when you received the word of God … you accepted it not as the word of men, but as it actually is, the word of God …

 

Because it was written by God, we can only look to God for instructions on how to study and understand it.  The Bible is our only authority; there is no other authority that is flawless and pure – perfect (because all other authority in life comes from man).

  • Every word of Scripture, every single thing in it, is perfect and true.
Proverbs 30:5 Every word of God is flawless …
Psalm 12:6 The words of the Lord are flawless … refined … purified …
Psalm 119:160 All your words are true …
Revelation 21:5 He was seated on the throne … he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”

Another aspect of truth is that it never contradicts itself.  So all of Scripture is true, there is no error or contradiction in the Bible.  Therefore, if we find passages that seem to contradict each other – we can be certain that our understanding is either flawed or incomplete (or both).  We will have to press on with further study, contemplation and even prayer in order to gain understanding that is both complete and accurate.

The Bible reveals the fact that God often uses apparent contradictions in order to focus our attention on an important principle.  This forces us to go further than just surface reading for our understanding.  At times, understanding what we’ve read in the Bible requires deep thought and contemplation, and even prayer.  But God’s people will always press on for their understanding – never accepting the apparent contradiction or error.  And we must press on until the contradiction or error we may have thought we found gets resolved.  That’s how we’ll know our understanding is both complete and accurate.

  • The Bible is the salvation offered by God.
Romans 1:16 … the gospel of Christ; for it is the power of God for salvation …
Romans 10:17 … faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ.

There is no more important book in the universe than the Christian Bible.  God will not save anyone apart from the power of His Word.  This is a matter of the greatest importance to all of mankind!

  • We can only understand the Bible if God, through His Holy Spirit, gives us that understanding.  So then understanding the Bible is the result of a supernatural act.  God actually opens our spiritual eyes and conditions our minds and hearts to give us understanding of His Word.
Job 32:8 … the Almighty giveth them understanding
Psalm 119:18 Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law.
Luke 24:45 Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures.
1 Corinthians 2:14 The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned.

When we read the Bible or study it, we must ask that God would open our spiritual eyes and allow us to understand His Word.  That understanding is a privilege that He does not give to just anyone!

  • The Bible explains that we are not to go outside of the Bible to gain understanding of what it says.  Literally, we are to “compare spiritual to spiritual,” trusting the Holy Spirit to use one part of Scripture to help us understand another part – or all of the parts.  (This is called ‘context.’)
1 Corinthians 2:13 … not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, expressing spiritual truths in spiritual words.
2 Peter 1:20 … you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation.

Despite the myriad of books written to “reveal secrets” of the Bible or explain passages of the Bible, understanding never comes from outside the Bible as it is revealed by the Holy Spirit.  Because the whole Bible was written by God, we can confidently compare words and phrases from one part of the Bible to any other part of the Bible.  This is perhaps the most supernatural dimension of the Bible.  It is one key piece of evidence to support that fact that the Bible only has one author – speaking through dozens of men who served as His “scribes.”

Mankind has tried to make understanding the Bible an academic exercise.  In fact it is a spiritual exercise.

Mankind has tried to make understanding the Bible an academic exercise.  In fact it is a spiritual exercise.  I know a man who is Hindu, and hails from India.  He has memorized the Christian Bible and can quote Scripture better than anyone I know.  But he is not a Christian.  He does not believe in our one God.  This is because he does not have spiritual understanding.  Conversely, atheists such as Lee Strobel, have sought to use academic understanding and reasoning to prove that there is no God.  Instead, Mr. Strobel received spiritual understanding, became a Christian, quit his job as a journalist and went into full-time ministry.  (It’s the power of the spiritual understanding given by the Holy Spirit.)

  • As further evidence that understanding the Bible is not a human endeavor, even a child can understand deep spiritual truths … if the Lord gives that child the understanding.
2 Timothy 3:15 … from infancy you have known the holy Scriptures …
  •  The Bible has been written to be difficult for unbelievers to understand.  This is consistent with Jesus’ habit of teaching in parables (which He had to later explain to His disciples).
Proverbs 25:2 It is the glory of God to conceal a matter …
Psalm 78:2 I will open my mouth in parables, I will utter hidden things …
Mark 4:33-34 With many similar parables Jesus spoke … But when he was alone with his own disciples, he explained everything.
Luke 8:10 He said, “The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of God has been given to you, but to others I speak in parables, so that, though seeing, they may not see, though hearing, they may not understand.”

We tend to find that people who are more spiritually mature have an easier time understanding Scripture.  (Hence they are better at explaining or teaching it.)  But this is not because they are smarter or wiser or have learned it better.  It is because they have drawn closer to the Lord, and it has pleased Him to endow them with more spiritual understanding.

  • The Bible is filled from the beginning to the end with the message of Jesus Christ and the Gospel of Salvation.  Many Old Testament stories are actually historical parables and prophecies that point to Christ – who would only come many years later.
John 5:39 … These are the Scriptures that testify about me.
Luke 24:26-27 Did not the Christ have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?  And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.
Acts 3:24 Indeed, all the prophets from Samuel on … have foretold these days.
Hebrews 10:7 Then I said, Lo, I come … to do Thy will, O God.

When we study the Bible, we should be looking for the Gospel of Christ everywhere we read.  As we begin to see Christ, we can know that we are coming to the true meaning of a verse.  Jesus is God, and was present at the beginning of creation.  This truth is validated when the Old and New Testament correspond to each other.

  • The Bible is a spiritual book.  It is not to be read as a book of moral teachings or history, or even wisdom or poetry.  Its focus is on our salvation.  Its objective is to help us understand that we are first spiritual beings having a human experience.
John 6:63 The Spirit gives life … The words I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life.
Romans 7:14 We know that the law is spiritual …
  • We can trust the various translations of the Bible.  Over the centuries it has been translated hundreds of times.  Yet each time, God Himself protected the inerrant quality of His Word.
Deuteronomy 4:2 Do not add to what I command you and do not subtract from it, but keep the commands of the Lord your God that I give you.
Proverbs 30:5-6 Every word of God is flawless; … Do not add to his words or he will rebuke you and prove you a liar.
Galatians 1:11-12 I want you to know … that the gospel … is not something that man made up.  I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it; rather, I received it by revelation from Jesus Christ.
Revelation 22:18-19 I warn everyone who hears the words … of this book:  If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book.  And if anyone takes words away from this book of prophecy, God will take away from him his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book.

Conclusions

Simply reading or memorizing is not sufficient. Supernatural power will always be involved in true understanding of Scripture. Seek your understanding from the Holy Spirit and not from man or any source of man.

Based on what God has told us about how to approach Scripture, how to study Scripture and how to reach understanding of Scripture, there are several conclusions that can safely be drawn.  The conclusions give us practical application of Biblical principles in our day-to-day lives.

Simply reading or memorizing is not sufficient. Supernatural power will always be involved in true understanding of Scripture. Seek your understanding from the Holy Spirit and not from man or any source of man.

Know that every statement in Scripture is written by God and is completely true; therefore, it will be in harmony with every other statement. If there is ever an apparent contradiction, we do not (yet) understand correctly or completely. God’s people are expected to continue seeking Him and His understanding until the supposed error or contradiction is corrected or resolved.

A common theme throughout the Old and New Testament, is God’s gospel of salvation. It points to our need for salvation from judgment, Christ’s atoning sacrifice, and the fact that this salvation is totally God’s sovereign work. Any symbolic or allegorical meaning must ultimately point to Christ and His Gospel, and must be consistent with everything else in Scripture. (Otherwise it wouldn’t be true!)

Parables and allegories cannot be pressed too far. They may not always apply to every aspect of the underlying truth. They could teach some aspects of the substance they point to, but may be incomplete or imply some other aspect that cannot be applied. This is where we may have to cross-reference to see where else the Bible addresses that subject so that we can make sure the conclusions reached are consistent with everything else in Scripture on that subject. (It’s called ‘context.’)

A good way to study the Bible is to pick a topic and then go across the entire Bible to see what it has to say about that subject. The Internet and searchable Bible tools are wonderful resources to help make this cross referencing or topical studying much easier to accomplish. But even without those tools, most modern translations of the Bible have a topical index in the back, showing you all the Scripture references that address a certain topic.

It is often helpful to look at different translations of the Bible for context – since all of the various translations are inerrant, flawless and perfect. Therefore all of them are useful and Spirit-filled.  Two of my favorite places to do this are http://www.biblegateway.com/ and http://www.biblos.com/.  Both sites allow me to identify a passage of Scripture and then see ten or twenty different translations.  (It’s another potential source of ‘context.’)

Final Comment

A common argument against the inerrancy of the Bible is the number of translations that have been made throughout the centuries since the original manuscripts were written. But don’t be misled by foolish arguments that are ignorant of God’s nature and character. The Word of God is true, pure, and flawless.  These are God’s words, not ours.  Every single bit of it is useful for teaching.

And just as we have faith in God for food, shelter, physical health, and other things that we need in life, we can depend on God to protect the inerrancy of His word.

And just as we have faith in God for food, shelter, physical health, and other things that we need in life, we can depend on God to protect the inerrancy of His word. Make no mistake. God was in control of each and every translation that’s ever been undertaken. He continues to be in control of translations being undertaken today. God can be trusted to preserve the integrity of His word.

An Act of God

I’ll close by telling a story that illustrates some of the points I’ve just made here. Many years ago, I lived in northeast Ohio. There was a lady in the community who got involved in the occult. She used an Ouija board to “talk to the dead.”  She insisted that God spoke to her through a special pencil that would “write on its own.” She had always been a church-going lady, and the community had generally regarded her as a godly woman. Then she began writing a new version of the Bible. She claimed that God told her the Bible was filled with lies and He wanted her to help Him correct it.

During the process of this project to re-write the Bible, the woman was struck with a strange disease that prevented her from talking. It was suspected that she’d had a stroke and experienced brain damage. She never recovered and of course her project to re-write the Bible never was finished. She remained silent and unable to even write for the remaining years of her life.

At one point her husband was said to have decided to assist her in finishing this project since she could no longer do it on her own. Strangely enough, he was killed in a fiery crash on the country road very near to his home. After his death, she died in a nursing home. Their family home became overrun with rats and a neighboring farmer bought the property and burned the home to the ground.

Coincidence? I think not. To my dying day I will always remain convinced that God moved to silence this woman and her husband. God was willing to move in incredible ways to protect the integrity of His word.  But then He is God. I would expect nothing less of Him!

About Larry Walker

Larry Walker loves God and loves people. He has a heart for teaching people how to follow Jesus Christ in all aspects of life. He has worked for years in a recovery ministry called Celebrate Recovery, and also counsels many Pastors throughout the country. Larry answers questions and provides practical application of biblical principles in everyday life. If you've got a question....ask Larry!


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Comments

  1. Wan says

    Dear Larry, You have made a magnificent defense of the inerrancy of scriptures well supported by scriptures. I wish to congratulate you for a thoughtful and well-written piece. However, your statement “God was in control of each and every translation that’s ever been undertaken. He continues to be in control of translations being undertaken today” is tenuous and insupportable. There are several translations or versions in the market today that I would call “perversions” rather than versions. I am sure you have heard of the recent Wycliffe translation which omits mentioning Jesus as the Son of God so as to avoid offending Muslims in Islamic countries? Many Christian denominations are challenging this formerly very reputable Christian organisation. What about the “The Green Letter Bible” which seeks to be user friendly with the environmentalists, and the Green movement? This translation puts concern for creation above the Creator. What about the feminist Bible that avoids mentioning God as “Father”? I am sure we will soon have a LGBT version, if not already – a lesbian, gay, bisexual, & transgender friendly one. Then what about the popular & contemporary Bible translation, “The Message” by Eugene Peterson? Examine the Lord’s teaching on how to pray for instance: “9 With a God like this loving you, you can pray very simply. Like this: Our Father in heaven, Reveal who you are. 10 Set the world right; Do what’s best – as above, so below. 11 Keep us alive with three square meals. 12 Keep us forgiven with you and forgiving others. 13 Keep us safe from ourselves and the Devil. You’re in charge! You can do anything you want! You’re ablaze in beauty! Yes. Yes. Yes.” (Mat. 6:9-13) If the above translation is not revolting enough, nothing is. “Give us this day our daily bread” becomes “keep us alive with three square meals”? Also “Set the world right; “Do what’s best – as above, so below…Yes. Yes. Yes”? etc, ad nauseam. The devil’s attack has often been directed against God’s Word. The first attack on God’s word was in the Garden of Eden and it didn’t go too well did it? So it’s no surprise that there are many modern translations that are dubious at best and more accurately termed “perversions” than “versions.” I’m not a “KJV” only person – I read more than 7 different translations KJV, ESV, NIV, GNB, CJV (Complete Jewish Bible), Gideon, Greek-English Interlinear NT, and more. The reason is since no translation is absolutely 100% accurate I check and compare. I believe inerrancy applies to the original autographs. But what we have from a good translation is entirely authoritative and trustworthy. But better to use several good translations, and checking often with a concordance such as Strong’s which is easily available today on-line. So my only disagreement is that one point about all translations being under God’s control, and therefore by inference equally good. You went overboard here. God does not destroy every perverted translator in the same spectacular way as He did that woman and her husband. For some their judgment will wait. But aside from that point you have done well!

    • Starr says

      Nor did He destroy Helen Schucman (the author of the New Age “A Course in Miracles” before she wrote what she claimed was dictated to her by Jesus, but which is a complete 180-degree turn from biblical truth.

  2. Fount says

    Overall a very good teaching – please do keep up the good work of presenting various well thought out “Christian disagreements”. I like your emphasis that the Bible is a spiritual book. I hold the opinion that we are not humans who can have spiritual experiences from time to time but that we are eternal spiritual beings who are simply having a brief human experience. However, I echo Wan we he cautions against Bible translations. I have also read the Bible from cover to cover in many translations so I have seen what I am talking about. There are huge variations in the modern English translations – they are NOT all inerrant. Some are word for word, some thought for thought and some are just paraphrasing. Stay away from the paraphrasing ones (like the Message) – they are NOT inerrant! Don’t go for many thought for thought editions either (they are generally written at an 7-8 grade level) . My only exception to this class is the Holman Christian Study Bible (they kept a lot of accuracy – just lowered the reading level). The word for word translations are harder to understand (generally written at the 12th grade level) but are the closest to the underlying original Hebrew and Greek. Doesn’t a Christian really want to get as close to God’s original word as possible? Studies show (and I agree) that the 1977 version of the NASB is the most literal English Bible out there (hard to find though). For the most literal OT I look to the LXX (Septuagint version). I personally like the Apostolic Bible Polyglot (an interlinear literal translation of the OT & the NT from the LXX Greek). Also – as to my opinion on inerrancy – I encourage you to read my lengthy comment today under the original Daniel Scholl posting. You will see how the inerrancy issue is arising among Christians!

  3. alan leonard says

    Larry, So good to read your post – what strength and standing in the defense of the Bible as God’s word. One hopes that if Changing the Face of Christianity ever does take a position on these things that it is as strong as yours. One question – what was in the minds (and hearts) of the editors of the organization in picking Mr. Scholl as the one leading “The Bible – Opened, ” (and why didn’t they pick you) ? If the mission of the ministry is helping Christians be more like Jesus Christ, how will the holder of the anti-inerrancy view help further that purpose as their guide to the Bible?

    • says

      Alan, thanks for your comment and your question. Larry is very wise indeed (and a good friend), as you see from his article. However, he is only one man with only so much time to devote to helping our ministry with his thought provoking and deeply written articles. Larry writes for our “Dear Larry” column already and we just don’t want to burn him out with excessive writing duties. But when he feels passionately about something like this, he goes above and beyond and he is a blessing to us all. Regarding Daniel, I’d humbly ask you to keep reading and simply comment if you agree or disagree with anything he writes. The same goes for Larry (such as Wan and Fount did in the comments above to this article). Daniel has a great heart for the Lord and has a good level of Christian education under his belt. We value Daniel because of this as well as his willingness to be real and transparent with his beliefs. Many Christians, myself included, struggle with issues from time to time. And Daniel is willing to put himself out there to ask the questions that many of us have, take a point of view, and write about it. See Daniel’s latest article and let us know what you think: http://www.changingthefaceofchristianity.com/thebibleopened/to-begin-reading-the-bible-start-with-a-good-plan/ As with any guest blogger on this site, including myself, we don’t simply want you to read and agree with us. We want you thinking, deliberating, and praying about these topics, so that your understanding will be challenged and your faith will be grown. Let us know if you have a topic you would like us to cover or debate. Thanks!

      • alan leonard says

        Hey Brad, Appreciate the reply but not sure if it answered my question. I’m new to your website but so appreciate the ministry you’ve been given to encourage and exhort believers to become followers of Jesus and to know Christ. In this place at this time such a ministry is so needed. . . God continue to bless you in your work of faith. Hopefully my comment was not perceived as a criticism of Daniel. . . I only know him thru what he has written here. He is my brother in Christ. Hopefully, thru the conversation he will lead on the blog, he himself will come to a greater confidence in the Bible. There is such unsteadiness in his stand on the Bible. . . rather than repeat myself, check out the comment left on his post. My question is to the ministry and whether on a blog dedicated to understanding and opening the Bible, the best guide is someone who has not found his footing regarding it. While Daniel’s openness in questioning things is appreciated and would make him a good participant in the discussion, the question remains that at the end of all the discussion will those who have made the journey be more like Jesus. Daniel’s questions as to the veracity of the Bible, at the foundation of things, may be an obstacle to finding the right path to take others on the journey. At this time in his own walk with the Lord is Daniel your best choice to further the goals of the ministry? Will there be life in Christ for others thru his blog, or will his own doubts and questions hinder others? Have not checked out all the materials on your site, but with regard to other topics, one that would encourage others who come to your site to follow Jesus more are brothers and sisters who are persecuted for their faith, yet are faithful. They suffer all the worst that the world can throw at them, and yet are faithful. . . more than that they are joyful. They have this genuineness of Christ about them that has so encouraged me in my walk with the Lord. They show that Christ is possible in this world. . . they love from heir heart in genuine ways those who persecute them. And what makes their stories all the more remarkable is that often they have none of the advantages that we do here. . . no blogs or websites, no Christian books or tv or radio, often no Bibles, or churches or pastors, and yet they have this genuineness in Christ. Some have suffered only a few weeks after receiving Christ, and yet the Lord has done something so real in them that they stand faithful. Let me finish with a quote from a woman in Egypt who after she became a Christian, was beaten, divorced and pursued by her husband, was disowned by her family and lost her home and belongings. She remains in Egypt today, encouraging and ministering to other believers. Someone visited her last year to see how she was doing. When asked about everything she has gone thru, she answers, “Jesus is worth it, you know. I love Him so much. . . Jesus never promised that we would have a rose-filled world, a good one. As I go along with Christ, I share His suffering and I know the trouble I face is because I walk with Him.” When asked how she could be so positive, she says, “The secret of joy is having a real link with Christ. We can’t help but be happy. I feel in Christ like a candle – a shining candle. I can see the light whenever I go through darkness, wherever I go.”

  4. says

    Wan & Fount – the two of you seem to have a similar perspective about the inerrancy of the various translations. Unfortunately, I don’t share your view that translations like The Message discredit my statement that I can trust God with the integrity of whatever translation I have in my hand at the time. To be clear, I don’t like The Message. I find it more than a little sappy, far too colloquial, and not worth my money or time. However, I have looked at it and find it to be inerrant. “Give us our daily bread” may sound revolting when translated to “keep us alive with three square meals.” But, I certainly recall being asked to sing and then preach in a maximum security mens’ prison in Uganda a few years ago. I had a huge audience of the country’s most hardened criminals. As I prayed about what to do, the Lord led me to sing the Lord’s Prayer. However, “give us our daily bread” became “give us just what we need.” Other words in the song were changed because I wanted the men to learn the prayer and I wanted them to understand the words of the prayer. The integrity was preserved. Just because we don’t like a translation or don’t approve of a translation doesn’t make it an erroneous translation. And just because a translation gets published minus something we think is important doesn’t make what’s left in it erroneous. A good example would be the Book of Mormon. While some may consider it the Bible, true Christ followers have not been deceived. The time to worry about erroneous translations will be when truth is made to look false and lies are made to look true, and innocent followers are being deceived.

  5. Beth says

    “Every word of Scripture, every single thing in it, is perfect and true. Proverbs 30:5 Every word of God is flawless … Psalm 12:6 The words of the Lord are flawless … refined … purified … Psalm 119:160 All your words are true … Revelation 21:5 He was seated on the throne … he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” These verses don’t refer to scripture. They’re referring to God’s words, but not within the context of scripture. You also said, ” The Bible is the salvation offered by God.”. Yikes! Jesus is our salvation, not the Bible. I believe the inerrancy of scripture makes an idol out of the Bible & leads to great divisiveness in the church.

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