Sadly some who once loved God’s infallible, inerrant, fully inspired, and divinely authoritative holy word have done just that. Here is the rationale for doing so as given to this blogger by someone who deliberately and purposefully rejected the foundational truth of inerrancy – and I quote:
“Rejecting inerrancy is key to a more humble approach to scripture that does not attribute the same inerrancy to one’s traditional interpretations but rather continues the progressive interaction and conversation between God and humanity as modeled by scripture itself.”
Progressive interaction and conversation? Surely there was progression as the canon of Scripture unfolded through history, and surely God by way of accommodation conversed with men – consider His and Abraham’s discussion about how few righteous dwellers in Sodom would move God to spare that wicked city from destruction. However, the essential role of Scripture in the relationship of God and His covenant people is far more exalted.
We have more than isolated proof texts which make clear that God’s word is spiritual food, as necessary as meat and drink, for man does not live by the latter alone. Jeremiah ate of God’s words and found them to be the joy and rejoicing of his heart. God’s word is that which is implanted, to be received humbly for the saving of the soul. It was the Psalmist’s lamp for his feet and light for his path; God’s law was his study all the day and his meditation in the night watches. In revelatory visions, both Ezekiel and John ate books which fueled them, so to speak, for delivering divinely authoritative prophetic utterances. The word of God is the seed which the Son of man sows in various kinds of soil, for well or for woe.
Peter rightly confessed that there was no one else to whom he and his fellow apostles could turn, for Christ had the words of eternal life. It was the Scriptures which were able to make Timothy wise unto salvation. The book of God’s Law, originally written with His own finger, was not to depart from Joshua’s mouth. Agur the son of Jakeh called every word of God pure, and solemnly warned against adding to His words, just as the final book of the canon so warns, but with far more dire and eternal consequences pronounced upon him who does so.
Does God in turn eat, delight in, trust in, fear to add to, or find salvation from man’s side of this “interaction and conversation?” A Bible with errors that models a dialog of sorts? That is just the same old lie in new garb: “Has God really said?”
Scripture models a relationship in which God is the Father of lights to His children. With Him there is no shadow of turning. It reveals the Shepherd who does not lead His sheep to murky waters and barren pastures, but to clear and lush ones. It is the precious gift of the Counselor and Comforter Who inspired holy men of old to write pure and holy words, and He now illumines those words for those whom He indwells.
In the holy Bible, Christians have not an endless dialog between the holy, almighty Creator and Savior and the sinful, finite, creature. We have “the faith once for all delivered to the saints.”
Previously published elsewhere, November 6, A.D. 2015