I don’t believe my desktop Bible is verbally inspired, inerrant. The Universe created just 6,000 years ago? God commanded people to slaughter every man, woman, child, and beast in a village and dash children’s heads against a stone? Two million people plus animals wandered 40 years in the barren Saini? A six-mile-deep flood floated a handmade boat carrying a million pairs of fauna (number extant today) for ten months? My Bible says all that happened. We need to take another look at God’s revelation.
I firmly believe the Bible as God gave it. I believe the Bible means what it meant to its first hearers few could read). A coming Messiah Redeemer was the Old Testament’s central message. Jesus fulfilled that promise. The Bible teaches inerrant truth.
Consider the Bible’s history: Forty or more souls writing in Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek on leather scrolls or fragile papyrus produced 60-plus manuscripts, every word written and repeatedly copied by hand. Johann Gutenberg’s Latin Bible appeared in the mid-1400s—history’s first printed book. The King James Bible appeared in 1611. Since then, reports Wikipedia, the full Bible has been translated into 670 languages, the New Testament alone into 1,521 languages, and Bible portions or stories into 1,121 other languages.
Thousands of learned men and women have wrestled with the Scriptures for over the centuries, offering endless interpretations. God’s written truth can never conflict with truth built into his creation. Galileo fought to establish that principle, and you know what happened to him.
I love my Bible. It tells me about Jesus, the way, the truth, and the life, the possessor of all authority.
Old Grandpa Lloyd