On Bible "Errors" and "Contradictions": A Defense of the Inerrancy of Scripture
Sometimes I wonder if we're not just missing the point with elaborate theological Bible interpretations. Why would God inspire men to write a book where your headache is getting a headache when you try to interprete one of its chapters? Look at the people the Bible talks about, the people God chose: Most of them were regular folks - even less than that. Jesus chose twelve ordinary men. When He sat down with them, He tried to make sure even they got His message - and gave them the Beatitudes. You don't really need to study theology to understand them. Sometimes I read Bible interpretations and I think why, do you really believe God intended to give us such mental gymnastics? In Matthew 11:25 we read: "At that time Jesus said, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and the intelligent and have revealed them to infants" (NRSVCE). Somebody might tell me now you can't take the Bible literally. Really? I am talking about a "literal", not a "literalistic" Bible interpretation. For instance: If you say nowadays that it is raining cats and dogs, everybody will understand you are trying to say it is raining heavily. Somebody who reads that in 2000 years needs to know what that saying meant back then. So far, so good. To believe, however, that understanding God's written word is only for some chosen few, completely misses the point. God is a God for all of us, not just for some. Most especially our Lord speaks to those who are most in need of His redemption - and they certainly will not study theology before sorting out what He us trying to tell them. Yes, God know about our deceitful hearts. This is why He gave us both His written and His living Word (Jesus) - to tell us all we need to know and to show us that faith is not just a book, but something that is very much alive! Does that mean we don't need people to help us understand the Scriptures? Yes and no. We don't need somebody to give us "lessons", but we do need an interaction when it comes to making the written Word come alive in our words, hearts and deeds. Modern theology has failed big time and we need to come back to the roots. Back to God Himself and nothing but God!