This Post is Part of Series of Post called Dissecting the Anatomy of God.
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The Question begins with, Is God’s Word Perfect?, Is the autobiographical text perfect?, Is God original spoken word divinely perfect?…..Well the Christian or Christian Scholar would say Yes, Of Course.
“The Bible is inspired, but is it inerrant, that is without errors? The reason for a positive answer is simple: The Bible is the Word of God, and God cannot err; therefore, the Bible cannot err. To deny the inerrancy of the Bible one must either affirm that God can err or else that the Bible is not the Word of God.” (Norman Giesler )
“The theological basis of the belief of inerrancy, in its simplest form, is that as God is perfect, the Bible, as the word of God, must also be perfect, thus, free from error. Proponents of biblical inerrancy also teach that God used the “distinctive personalities and literary styles of the writers” of scripture but that God’s inspiration guided them to flawlessly project his message through their own language and personality” (New World Encyclopedia)
To infer that the Bible is perfect, because it was inspired by a perfect deity is a very rational expectation, but questionable. Even the bible asserts that God’s way & word is perfect in 2 Samuel 22:31 & Psalm 18:30. However this is deeply questionable because after careful consideration, there are a number of alleged bible difficulites, that one would have deeply re-consider the notion of a Perfect God given Word,- The Bible. And I have never seen all the discrepancies addressed by anyone.
So how could the bible be so perfect if it contains so many alleged discrepancies?
|Christian Answer||Atheist Answer|
|“Yes, our Bible translations do have errors, let me tell you about them. But as you can see, less than 1% of them are meaningful and those errors don’t affect the major teachings of the Christian faith. In fact, there are 1000 times more manuscripts of the Bible than the most documented Greco-Roman historian by Suetonius. So, if we’re going to be skeptical about ancient books, we should be 1000 times more skeptical of the Greco-Roman histories. The Bible is, in fact, incredibly reliable.” –Johnathon Dodson||“For the only reason (I came to think) for God to inspire the bible would be so that his people would have his actual words; but if he really wanted people to have his actual words, surely he would have miraculously preserved those words, just as he had miraculously inspired them in the first place. Given the circumstance that he didn’t preserve the words, the conclusion seemed inescapable to me that he hadn’t gone to the trouble of inspiring them.” – Bart Ehrman|
|“The Bible cannot err, since it is God’s Word, and God cannot err. This does not mean there are no difficulties in the Bible. But the difficulties are not due to God’s perfect revelation, but to our imperfect understanding of it. The history of Bible criticism reveals that the Bible has no errors, but the critics do.” – Norman Giesler||“For my own part, my belief in the perfection of the Deity will not permit me to believe that a book so manifestly obscure, disorderly, and contradictory can be His work” – Thomas Paine|
|“We have to be careful to not affirm too much though. We believe that the Bible is inerrant, but this does not mean that the writers always practiced perfect Greek. It also doesn’t mean that they put all their facts in modern, advanced scientific terms. …They can paraphrase the Old Testament, and even Jesus. But none of these things affect our belief that the Bible represents the facts correctly. Just because a statement is imprecise does not make it false.” – Royce Theology Blog||“All Bibles are Man-Made.” –Thomas Edison|