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!
The Bible is a man-made document from beginning to end. It is written, compiled and published by MAN. It was man’s idea and man’s desire that bore it. Firstly, our desire to communicate both truth (as the authors understood it) and wonder to future generations, and then our need to compile and store important “data” which led to it’s widescale publication. The Bible was never prophesied about or spoken about as a whole. “Scripture” refers to ANY writing, although you CAN narrow it down to at MOST any writing about God and His interactions with man (as they saw/witnessed them).
There is no other published written work that is given the “free pass” for truth that the Bible is, and that has been to our detriment. ANY other book is read with discernment and a critical eye, but the Bible continues to be declared truth and free from ANY error, supposedly dictated/directed by the hand of God Himself, though it doesn’t even make that claim about itself. We have twisted the meaning of words like “inspiration” and “God breathed” far beyond both their ancient and modern meanings in order to make them FIT with the inerrant way of viewing the Bible.
The Bible is NOT a book of TRUTH. It is a book describing man’s attempts to understand God, and God’s answer to that struggle through the person of Jesus. The Spirit is to be our teacher and guide into all truth, and although He most surely can and most likely WILL use the Bible in that endeavor, He doesn’t HAVE to. It is a RESOURCE for Him (and for us), and POINTS us TOWARDS the truth, like an introductory letter, but it cannot be read like a history book or instruction manual for life. Doing so is a disservice to the authors AND to the Spirit. It sets up the Bible as an idol. An any idol, no matter how good it APPEARS, is going to lead us AWAY from the way, truth and life that is Jesus, just like it did to the Jewish religious leaders of His time.
It’s time to put the Bible back where it belongs, UNDER the “authority” of both Jesus and the Spirit (who are one and the same anyway), and read it with discernment and much study of both language, culture and audience. It is only then that it’s multi-vocal nature is celebrated and it can shine for what it is, rather than for what we might WANT it to be.