Posts tagged ‘inerrancy’
And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil – John 3:19 (KJV)
I was a Christian for most of my life of 43 years. I fell away for one simple reason: I finally found the claims of Christianity to be unbelievable. I no longer believe in presupposing that the Bible is inerrant and divinely inspired so that I can wrap my worldview around it. I do not trust the Christian Church, run by mortal and fallible men just like me, to know my path to eternal salvation. Like the noble Bereans, I had to investigate the Scriptures for myself, and read them without the filter of Church Creeds to interpret them. And the Scriptures, while more fascinating than any Creed could make them, do not in any way hold as an infallible belief system.
But I want to believe...
On my previous blog Martha Mihaly made the following comment:
I must agree that it would appear the root of much evil in the world seems to be the mis-interpretation of religious belief. Zealots of any kind will always be dangerous. As with anything, I suppose the conflict comes from literal interpretation/implementation of dogma.
In my early days of questioning my Christian faith, I started down the path of classing fundamentalists as “mis-interpreting” the Bible. In my view, they just did not grasp what Christianity was all about. They did not truly understand God as the loving, compassionate father in heaven who sent Jesus to correct the obvious false view the Old Testament painted of him and to demonstrate his love and compassion towards the world. They somehow believed God was as the Old Testament portrayed him…
I was recently browsing through the book “When God was a Woman” by Merlin Stone. In this book, Stone gives a historical view on how men initially gained control of society and began the journey of suppressing women’s rights. Stone explores what life was like in a society which worshiped a female creator and why later male religions fought to suppress that earlier worship. I can’t help but wonder how different this world would be if God continued to be a woman instead of becoming a male warrior God who committed atrocities to make Hitler and Saddam’s actions pale in comparison.
In a previous blog “Humans owe their long existence to women – not men”, Stellar1 addressed the effects of women on the survival of humans:
According to anthropologist Robert Sussman of Washington University and co-author of the 2005 book “Man the Hunted,” early humans were more often prey than predators. The article says the evidence is in the “many fossils and skulls containing holes made by big cats and talon marks from raptors.”
This is a 2 hour video from UK’s Channel 4 entitled “Who wrote the Bible?” Since I’ve only watched the introduction so far, if you finish it before I do, please feel free to post a review.
Is the Bible the inerrant Word of God? Would God allow contradictions in his inspired message to us? If you are a Christian, you can safely assume that a loving God would not, so how do we explain the many contradictions that are in the Bible? Or – apparent contradictions, as my former Fundamentalist self would say. Consider these two separate accounts of the death of Judas, by two separate authors:
Now when morning came, all the chief priests and the elders of the people conferred together against Jesus to put Him to death; and they bound Him, and led Him away and delivered Him to Pilate the governor. Then when Judas, who had betrayed Him, saw that He had been condemned, he felt remorse and returned the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders, saying, “I have sinned by betraying innocent blood.” But they said, “What is that to us? See to that yourself!” And he threw the pieces of silver into the temple sanctuary and departed; and he went away and hanged himself. Matthew 27:1-5 (NASB) …