I’d love to hear how you guys view the Bible.
What is it? The traditional view is that God spoke explicitly through Biblical authors, making Scripture the tangible Word of God.
Do you agree? Or do you disagree with the concept of inerrancy? Do you think the Bible is simply a collection of observations?
Or is it something in between?
Let me know!
Hey so my good friend just finished writing a thesis on this topic. He wrote specifically about the relation of Genesis to the scientific world. If you would be interested in reading it, shoot me an email firstname.lastname@example.org. Anyways, my personal convictions about the bible are similar.
I think that the bible cannot be fully understood with a strictly Western mindset. The bible was written to an ancient people, in an ancient culture, who had ancient views about the universe. It is absurd then, for a Westerner to force his presuppositions about science and the universe on the text, as it is not a scientific document.
It must also be understood that the bible is not simply one big book, and instead, is a multitude of stories, songs, and poetry. The bible is not all one type of literature, and instead it contains various kinds that all assist the author in communicating his point. The bible should not be read like a Westerner, and instead should be read with the mindset of a Near Eastern person.
When people bring up the concept of inerrancy, the question of “Inerrant to whom?” must be asked. To an ancient person, the Bible’s claims about science are not errant, but to a 21st century scientist, they are. Does this discredit the bible? I would say no. Simply because the Bible was written by ancient people does not mean it should be ignored.
To me, the bible is a history of Israel, a people who rebel, who fight, who run from their God, from YAHWEH, and from their calling. The revelation of Jesus in the world however, is another call, another chance at redeeming the world and making it everything God wants it to be. Jesus breaks the borders between Israel and the rest of the world, and invites all who wish to join him on his mission to join the Church, Christ’s bride, the organization that will finally bring order and Jesus’s kingdom reign on earth.