There does not exist a book more heavily studied and scrutinized than the Bible. For hundreds of years scholars have studied and searched for answers in the Word of God. For thousands of years the enemy has attempted to erase the Word of God and remove it’s life-giving truth. The result of all the enemies hard work as been a book which has become the best-selling book of all time.
If the enemy can’t erase the Bible, he will attempt the next best thing; to discredit it. A quick google search will get you dozens of supposed “errors” in the Bible. As someone who likes answers, I’ve seen two major responses to all these “errors” in the Bible which I think are problematic.
The first response I’ve seen in the church are those who reject every criticism outright without a shred of facts or logical reasoning. They reject any questions, inquiry, or debate on the subject of the Bible on the basis of “I don’t want to hear it.” Many in this camp disguise their ignorance as faith. They turn away and dismiss those who are attempting to poke holes in the Bibles’ authority as well as those legitimately seeking answers.
I believe this response is dangerous because it gives the impression we are afraid of facts and truth. It gives the impression if we really did research and looked at all the facts, they would point to the Bible being fallible and weak, so we must outright reject any inquiry into the Bible whatsoever and use the excuse of faith to cover up our fear.
The second problematic response is to allow the questions and accusations to shake our faith and leave us with the nagging suspicion the Bible isn’t inerrant and worthy of the attention and respect we give it. Those in this position look at all the accusations and questions and are left with the assumption at least a few of them must be true if there are so many supposed “errors” which have been found.
I believe this response is dangerous because it causes us to doubt God and His Word. It also causes us to lessen the authority the Bible has in our life. If it’s not the inerrant Word of God should it really have the final say in how I live my life? Should I base my entire life on its’ teachings and truth?
I believe the proper response to all the “errors” claimed to be in the scripture is to start from a place of faith and belief God is who He says He is and His Word is what He says it is. From there we can begin to look into these “errors” and dispel the power they could have in our mind to create doubt and confusion as to the inerrancy and power of the Word of God.
When you do your homework and look into all the “errors”, you realize every supposed “error” is a result of poor interpretation or just lazy scholarship. They claim a contradiction because they don’t understand the different audiences two different accounts of the same event are written to. They claim the Bible is incorrect because it speaks of things not recorded in any other historical records only to be proven wrong when archaeologists uncover the truth.
The truths found in the Bible do not require science or archaeology to prove they are from God. It is nice, however, when the longer they search, the more they discover how correct the Bible is in every scientific, historical, and literary area it covers.
All of this is irrelevant if you aren’t studying and storing the Word of God in your hearts on a regular basis. What good is it if you believe the Bible to be inerrant yet the most scripture you read in a week is on the projector screen on Sunday?
16 All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. 17 God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.2 Timothy 3:16-17
Dig in. Read, study, find answers in the Word of God today. Make it a regular part of your every day life and watch how the Word of God transforms your life.