This is where faith comes in. Faith forces us to rely upon and put our trust in God. Without the need for faith, there is no real need for God, at least not this side of eternity. When Paul spoke of seeing through a mirror dimly, it was a statement of faith that even though his knowledge was only in part and wasn’t perfect, it was sufficient for his salvation, sufficient enough to see him through until Christ’s return. When we take the path of inerrancy the space for this sort of humble faith evaporates and is replaced with an arrogance that claims more certainty than even the Biblical writers themselves were willing to affirm.
Which means when we affirm inerrancy, we reject the need for faith.
When we affirm inerrancy, we ascribe perfection to the creation rather that to the Creator.
When we affirm inerrancy, we create an idol fashioned out of the same need for certainty and control that drove Adam and Eve to snatch divinity away from God.
Simply put, Biblical inerrancy isn’t Biblical.
A few days ago Peter Enns asked his readers what the biggest obstacles to their faith were. My response to that was “the belief in biblical inerrancy”. I felt a little ashamed admitting it, because people tend to question your faith when you question the Bible (whose bright idea was that?) This article put into words what I couldn’t. Great read.