I sometimes feel like this is becoming my overarching theme lately – the inerrency of the Bible.
I watched a “how genre can impact your understanding of the inerrency argument” video on Logos.
Here’s my take on it.
Complicated answers are an excuse to issue a polemic under an attempt to mislead.
Here’s how the argument should go. “When we look at the Gospels, we should understand what kind of genre it is. That helps us to understand it. The gospels fit the genre of (whatever), and we see that nicely laid out in the four Gospels. This is amazing considering the divine nature of the Gospels. When we approach the inerrancy debate we can be reassured that this shows there’s no errors in the Gospels, no mistakes..”
Okay, got that?
This is not how the question was answered. The speaker went on a long, rambling speech about how the writers never intended for the Bible to be taken literally, and that the genre never was intended for people to take it literally, so that’s how inerrancy is affirmed – by saying it was never meant to be inerrant.
Yeah, um…. Right out of the atheist playbook. They never meant it to be taken literally, so if not taking the Bible literallly is how you define inerrancy, he’s all for it and in agreement with you.
Faithlife never sat back and said, “hey – you realize that’s heresy, right?”
Atheists have hidden for centuries under the guise of figurative interpretation of the Bible. You and I, we read it, understand it, and there we go. If God said Jonah was swallowed by a whale, then we believe it. If God had said Jonah swallowed the whale, we’d believe that too.
If we reduce the Bible to “That’s not what it means – it’s talking about Jonah’s unbelief and sinful nature, as typified by the whale blah blah blah” of course there’s no errors, because the Bible essentially means what we want it to – and then there’s no mistakes.
Christians on the other hand believe the Bible means what it says. Note how I wrote that. A Christian by definition is a saved man or woman. You can’t be saved and believe in figurative interpretation of the Bible. If you do, warning sign. Head to the altar today, confess your unbelief, and beg Jesus Christ to save you.
I cannot for the life of me understand why Christianity is putting up with this. I cannot understand why Faithlife is not taking the so-called theologians who work for them and firing them. I’m sure you have to sign a statement of faith to work for Faithlife. I’d be really worried if everything was about glass ceilings and green mail and options packages, golden parachutes and all the other business talk.
They’re called Faithlife. They own Logos, the single biggest Bible Program in the world.
They need to be asking hard questions of the people that work for them. If the answers are “No, I don’t agree with that”, they should be terminated.