Being a Christian – The Bible Part 2


Yesterday, I explained that Christians rely upon the Bible as their sole authority of faith and practice.

I have a copy of a flyer that Cambellite “Church of Christ” people used to distribute, where they listed denominations and their confessions. They included under “Baptist” a book called the Baptist Manual. “Why not only the Bible?” They crowed? “Why are we the only ones who are Bible Only??”

You know, it took almost 7 months of searching to find “The Baptist Manual.” I found it in Princeton Theological Seminary’s digital library, as a PDF. it was a book that went through one printing, and… that was it. It never achieved nationwide use, but apparently was used by a few Baptist churches in Connecticut during 15 years or so in the 18th century.

The question for the Campbellites is not, “Why aren’t Baptists Bible only…” but… “Why are you lying about it???”

Okay, minor rant over with, Thanks. Sorry about that.

We need to deal with several errors in understanding your Bible.

  • The Bible is without error

This is essential. Ask MANY Christians today their opinion of the Bible, and many will tell you, “It may have factual errors, but it’s correct in matters of spirituality.” I’ve heard many established Pastors say that, and many Christians say that. One problem I had at my old church is literally, I was bucking the winds, trying to head upstream against the currents of liberalism. The Associate Pastor wanted me to attend someone else’s Sunday School class, and it turned into 15 months of having to constantly correct the study materais, and eventually into a showdown with the Sunday School teacher who was weekly teaching everyone that Hell was a time out, a dungeon where you sat in a corner and just missed God. Let me tell you, that’s not Hell. Hell is a literal place of literal fire. I brought up LUke 16, and asked the teacher to his face, “Do you believe this?” He couldn’t answer me – because he didn’t.

“And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.” (2 Timothy 3:15–17, KJV)

“For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.” (1 Thessalonians 2:13, KJV)

“For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.” (2 Peter 1:21, KJV)

“Seek ye out of the book of the LORD, and read: No one of these shall fail, None shall want her mate: For my mouth it hath commanded, And his spirit it hath gathered them.” (Isaiah 34:16, KJV)

“But I will shew thee that which is noted in the scripture of truth: and there is none that holdeth with me in these things, but Michael your prince.” (Daniel 10:21, KJV)

An angel speaking to the prophet Daniel calls the Bible the Scripture of Truth. This means it is correct. כְּתָב אֱמֶת, The writing/engraving/seal of truth.

If an angel sent from God tells us the Bible is the writings/seal of truth, we had better believe it.

“For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.” (2 Peter 1:21, KJV)

The Bible is without error. Not only in “The original Manuscripts” because they have long since decayed into dust – but in the Bible.

Now, there are some handwritten Bibles, scrolls, codexes, papyri, Uncials, and Lectionaries that have copyist errors. The most common is that of picking a repeated word in two neighboring verses, and omitting the half of the verse between them.

This is important, because we’re going to discuss this more as we go along in the next couple of days. I say it again, the most common handwritten error is to omit part of a verse, not to add to it.

The 1611 KIng James Bible had a printing in which a word was left out. It’s called the “Adulterer’s Bible” (strange, I’d have thought that’s the Message, but whatever…) because the word “not” is missing from the Ten Commandments. That’s not an error, that’s a misprint. IT was noticed, and corrected in the next revision of the KIng James Bible. All of the revisions of the KIng James involved fixing misprints or spelling errors. The last revision was done in 1769, when a team went through the KIng James and adapted it to common spelling. The earlier KIng James editions were done during the day when spelking did not have set rules. You simply couldn’t lose a speling bee. But certain words like “Brooke” and “Maide” had settled into “Brook” and “Maid” or “Maiden”. So in 1769 the last revision was done.

If you really want to be picky, there was an edotirial group that sat down with the translators notes, and compared the exact spelling and capitalization of the KIng James in 1900, which today is called the Pure Cambridge Edition. That is what you find in Logos and Bible Gateway.

Does it really matter what words are capitalized? “Spirit” is understood by Christians to mean the Holy Spirit. “spirit” is understood by Christians to mean the human spirit. Yes, it kind of does matter, but I’m not a diehard PCE KIng James user. As long as its King James, I’m good to go.

Bottom line – how are you to regard the Bible? Inerrant.

There are no mistakes in the Bible. Once you grasp that, your life as a Christian will radically change.

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Author: philipdean2013

Seminary graduate with a Ba. in Theology/Pastoral Studies, Happily married, Independent Baptist. I can't keep silent about what I see going on in Christianity any longer! Apostasy reigns around us, churches are sliding into worldiness, a whitewashed Gospel is preached everywhere... "Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein. Jeremiah 6:16 (KJV) So, I'm speaking out. ...Why aren't you???

2 thoughts on “Being a Christian – The Bible Part 2”

  1. I just don’t get why Christians would want to believe that there are errors in the Bible. Makes no sense.

    One question tho….one guy I respect said that it is more accurate to use the word “infallible” than “inerrant”. His reasoning was that “infallible” means that this document is not capable of being in error while “inerrant” simply means there are no errors. He pointed to a newspaper article as an example; it might be inerrant, but it certainly cannot be infallible. Seems like a fair point to me.

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    1. That’s why I tend to use the words “Infallible” and “Inerrant” together the majority of times. Because Infallible but not inerrant can also be taken as “it’s got errors, but the parts that don’t can’t be wrong.”

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