Can the Bible be infallible if it is written by fallible humans? And if not, how can we accept it as literal truth?-for Tom

2 11 2006

There is no logical reason why this could not be true. After all, even fallible humans can get things right some of the time, especially if they are supervised by Someone who is infallible.

Christians do not claim that the humans who penned the books of the Bible were always accurate in everything they said or did. We simply believe that the Bible is right when it claims that God guided these men in their task of writing Scripture, in such a way that the result is an infallible book. The apostle Peter undoubtedly said some foolish things during his lifetime, but God did not allow him to clutter up the Bible with any of those blunders.

2 Timothy 3:16 contains the classic claim that the Bible was produced by God, not just men:

All Scripture is inspired by God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.

One standard explanation of the concept of “inspiration” is given by Ryrie:

God’s superintendence of the human authors so that, using their own individual personalities, they composed and recorded without error His revelation to man in the words of the original autographs. (Charles Ryrie, A Survey of Bible Doctrine (Chicago: Moody Press, 1972), p. 38)

We do not know exactly how God accomplished His purpose of providing a totally accurate Bible. But 2 Peter 1:21 gives some insight:

No prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.

The word “moved” in this verse is also used in Acts 27:15 to describe the way a great storm blew the apostle Paul’s ship off course across the Mediterranean. The people on board could spend the time as they chose (either bailing or wailing!), but the storm determined their destination of Malta. Similarly, God guided the writers of Scripture to produce exactly the message He wanted.

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4 responses

9 11 2006
Tom

You didn’t actually answer my question. Please read it more carefully next time. So this article may be for me, but it is of no use to me and it didn’t answer anything. That is all.

T.

10 11 2006
Lee

Tom said,

October 21, 2006 at 1:56 pm

Almost everyone here has stated that something provided by people can not be 100% true. I’m quite sure we all agree on this. Anything that a person writes, says or even believes has been tainted by their own personal experiences and will never be the same as anyone elses perspective, therefore never completely true. So, if people wrote the Bible, why do most Christians take it as absolute truth? Even if you were to use the reasoning “It is God’s word”, why are there different perciptions of the same event (for example, the crucifiction of Christ)? Surely, God would only have one perception. So, as the same event is written from several different perceptions and comes out differently, one can only derive that this is because it comes from PEOPLES perspective. And if it is from peoples perspective, it CANNOT be absolute truth. So, my question is, How can you consider the Bible to be true? That is all.

T.

The whole article IS BASICLY BASED UPON YOUR QUESTION. The question you re asking by stating That “is the bible is written by humans who are “Infallible” then even if it’s the word of god how can we trust it to be absolute truth”. The question addresses that. I have proven to you, even if you deny it, that the bible IS the word of God. The question you are persisting to ask is how can that be correct EVEN it’s the word of god if HUMANS HAVE WRITTEN IT. Bitu has answered it correctly. There may have many times that you have gotten things wrong but There has to BE MANY TIMES that you have gotten things rights as well. That can be same for the apostles. “Especially” since we have developed the fact that IT IS THE WORD OF GOD, All they are technically and merely doing is writting down what God has said them to do, what he has spoken and what he wants them to do so we can follow it. Let’s say this right: If I’m dictating some notes at a lecture, Let’s say I’m right, you know , absolutely “correct”. Then if the students write it down all they are doing is basically writing what I SAY, THE “CORRECT” THING. About the different perceptions: What Perceptions. Are you talking about the gospels. Because if you are then, REREAD. Because as much as they may sound out of line they make perfect sense when they are in their “Whole” and meaningful context. If you are not. Then tell me, I do not know of this so called “Perceptions” that you speak of. YES, it’s written by people who are “Infallible” but In support and ONLY Support of some one who is NEVER EVER “Infallible”. It seems to me that you are for some apparent reason Ignoring the answer that we are saying because Even if This is “your” question, don’t think that you are the first to think of it, It’s been around for a long time. I used it myself. In your next response please just don’t write “That didn’t answer my question” because that doesn’t question anything with my response.

10 11 2006
Lee

Wait I just read it. Crucification of Christ is your standing point for various “Perceptions”. There aren’t any but one. HE WAS MURDERED. There are myths about he “WAS” murdered. things like:

-Was the nail pierced in his hand or wrist
-Was Jesus’s resurrection witnessed
-Did jesus really die or was he pretending
-Did some just took out the body out of the grave and place it in the resurrection room
All these thing are not perception
If u speak something else then this; then please tell me. Or if this IS What you say then they are not perceptions but I’ll still prove to you that most of the stuff is wrong.

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