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On the inerrancy of the Bible


   Is the Bible inerrant, void of all error?  Is it really 
   inspired by God and without error, completely reliable as a 
   spiritual guide?  Can you depend upon it as an authority?  How 
   do you personally answer these questions?  How you answer them 
   is very important.  For if you believe the Bible is inerrant 
   and can be trusted absolutely you have a revelation direct from 
   God that is an absolute, serving as a moral and spiritual 
   authority for you.  If you do not believe that it is inerrant 
   then you might as well throw it away.  If you believe it can be 
   in error, you have no way of knowing what parts are in error 
   and what parts are true and it has no authority.  It can't be 
   trusted, it can't be depended upon.  You can believe parts of 
   it if you want, throw out whatever parts you don't like or 
   don't wish to believe, make up your own religion.  If you 
   question any part of the Bible, you bring into doubt its divine 
   origin and its authority.  And if you throw the Bible away, 
   dismiss it as only a book of interesting literature, a 
   collection of writings of fallible men, or perhaps just a 
   collection of interesting tales, what do you have?  You have no 
   direct revelation from God in this life.  You have no moral 
   authority in this life.  Your philosophical beliefs and 
   outlooks can be whatever you wish to make them.  There is no 
   revealed right and wrong. Make up your own moral code.  Lie, 
   cheat, steal, rape, plunder, murder.  Take what you want in 
   life by whatever means.  Live for yourself, live for the flesh.  
   Make your own law.  WITHOUT THE BIBLE THERE IS NO MORAL 
   AUTHORITY.  Without the Bible there are no absolutes.  There is 
   spiritual vacuum.  Agnosticism and atheism are the new 
   outlooks.  If you try to define your own religion by choosing 
   teachings that sound good to you, selecting them from the Bible 
   and perhaps some other world religions, you are only deceiving 
   yourself.  There is no basis for your religion except wishful, 
   fanciful thinking.  And you can't get to absolute truth by 
   imagination and wishful thought.  By questioning the authority 
   and reliability of the Bible you destroy it and its message.  
   You destroy the underpinings for belief and faith.  You make 
   faith impossible and destroy moral foundation.  And when you 
   take away the moral foundation for individuals you also take 
   away the moral foundation for society.  And that is exactly the 
   position in which our modern "intellectually advanced" western 
   societies find themselves.  The religious-philosophical 
   outlooks of the modern western societies have shifted in the 
   last couple hundred years and they have lost their moral 
   foundation.  How did that happen?  The answer to that is 
   simple:  Charles Darwin's theory of evolution.  His theory of 
   evolution caused people to doubt the account of creation given 
   in the Bible.  And by bringing doubt on the validity of the 
   Bible there, it brought doubt on the entire Bible.  In reading 
   the account of creation in the first chapter of Genesis I am 
   not sure that the Biblical account is necessarily in conflict 
   with the theory of evolution.  Why?  Because I am not sure that 
   the term "day" as used in that account is necessarily equal to 
   that period of time that we think of as a day.  My reason for 
   wondering is because the sun and stars were not created until 
   the fourth day.  How does one define our normal concept of day 
   without the sun or stars?  What defined the length of the day 
   in the first three days of creation?  There is definitely a 
   problem, however, in reconciling the Biblical account with the 
   evolutionary theory that man descended from an ape because the 
   Bible gives exact genealogies of man starting with Adam, giving 
   the length of time each man lived, making it possible to date 
   the creation of Adam back to around 4500 BC. 

   So what do you believe, my reader?  I personally have more 
   confidence in the Bible than I do in the theories of man.  I 
   believe absolutely in the Bible and its authority.  What do you 
   believe?  It is a very important question for what people 
   believe on this question of Biblical inerrancy forms a great 
   religious divide --- the divide between the modernists and the 
   fundamentalists --- and much more than that, a divide between 
   believers and nonbelievers, because it is impossible to be a 
   true believer and follower without believing in the authority 
   and reliability of the Bible.  


   May 2001


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