I am always pondering and dwelling on what is truth, and the search for the truth. Being a Christian, the truth is our Bible. Truth is the word of God…..But what makes that truth.
Being a believer for the last eight years, I have always taken my Bible as truth. Unquestionable absolute truth. And this belief has only grown over time as I have studied and read my bible. As I have grown from milk to meat and I have hungered for more. If this is truth, were did it come from, and how did we get it? I’ve studied & read the entire Bible, Biblical History, Early Church History, Textual Criticism, and even some secular history on how it has & been influenced by Christianity.
“It is one thing to show a man that he is in error, and another to put him in possession of the truth.”- John Locke
To say something is perfect, is to say it is complete, inerrant, without error, consistent and free of all flaws. If this is true, let’s put the bible to the test. If this is true, why are there so many doctrines and so many different interpretations of the bible? If this is truth which manuscript is the perfect one. (i.e. Critical text, Masoretic text, Byzantium text, Textus Receptus, and Alexandrian text.) Even the manuscripts can’t even be classified as perfect, because they are not complete or whole. They are scattered into pieces across the globe.
This is a very perplexing and thought provoking topic.
It sometimes blows me away that other Christians don’t also bring up these things in scripture that make you wonder. Why are dates and times different? Why is Jesus quoting something not in the bible? One reason I am like this, because I do believe in being biblical and doctrinally sound. And that is truth. I believe all Christians should have a desire for Biblical truth. This should be engrained into each one of us, because we each have the Holy Spirit, and the bible says “…. when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth.”- John 16:13
“Losing an illusion makes you wiser than finding a truth.”- Ludwig Borne
Truth is not subjective, it’s open to interpretation. It may be discussed and sometimes debated, but no matter how many times it is or how good the debater is, it is still the TRUTH. I’m not doing this for the sake of just doing to get a rise out of other people, but because real truth is something I truly desire.
“Before I go through the solution to this problem I must state the one fact that underlies all supposed “Bible contradictions”: since the Bible proclaims itself to be inerrant, any supposed contradictions must lie in the mind of the reader. In other words, if something in Scripture appears to be a contradiction then I must be misunderstanding it. It is very easy to blow off these things by claiming they are translation errors or copyist mistakes, but those are just excuses. If I accept that the Bible is perfect and then study diligently, the Holy Spirit will guide me until I eventually find out where my understanding or perception is wrong. The contradiction will disappear as my understanding is cleared up, which is the case here”. – Matthew Gerwitz,