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.
via The Bible Isn’t Perfect And It Says So Itself – Zach Hunt – Red Letter Christians.
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.
It’s all fine and well until we hit “Biblical Feminists.”
Biblical feminism is a thing. A real, valuable, viable thing.
So why the derogatory quotes?
In the tradition of Internet feminists everywhere… *headdesk*
Why am I such an emotional turd? I read the Scriptures —
“But God, being rich in mercy because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ – by grace you have been saved – and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus…”
— Ephesians 2: 4-6
“Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God.”
— Romans 5:1-2
— and I find myself thinking…
That one second of grace? Father, I need it rather badly. I see things like this
and I think, I’m screwed.
So I pray:
“Give ear, O Lord, to my prayer, listen to my plea for grace.”
— Psalm 86:6
and I draw near to your throne
“Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”
— Hebrews 4:16
and I try again and I hope.
I hope so hard it hurts.
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All Scripture quotations in this post from the ESV.
It’s hard to believe sometimes, especially when we mess up, but nothing can get between us and God’s love — not even us!
For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
— Romans 8:38-39 (ESV)
“For the mountains may depart and the hills be removed, but my steadfast love shall not depart from you, and my covenant of peace shall not be removed,” says the Lord, who has compassion on you.
— Isaiah 54:10 (ESV)
When people become Christians, they don’t at the same moment become nice. This always comes as something of a surprise. Conversion to Christ and his ways doesn’t automatically furnish a person with impeccable manners and suitable morals.
–Introduction to 1 Corinthians in The Message Bible.