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So I post about inerrancy on August 28 and receive some very intriguing comments.

There appears to be a tip of the hat toward the meaning and purpose of the doctrine(?) of inerrancy. Inerrancy in a nutshell: God is perfect. He “breathes out,” inspires, guides, superintends by the Spirit, protects the original autographs from error. Nice.

We have no originals. Nothing at hand is inerrant, except God—Father, Son and Spirit. The living God who is not subject to scribal error nor is God a product of the transmission of the text(s).

It was pointed out (in the comments) that if we seek by claiming inerrancy to protect the Bible from the eeeev-vils of liberalism or from those with a “low view” of Scripture, we ourselves have been unwittingly (or maybe wittingly) moved onto the opponents playing field. We will now have to objectively, empirically prove that the Bible is an inerrant book (ah, in the original autographs…ah, which we don’t have). So, we “battle for the Bible” dressed in Saul’s armour and wonder why it feels so clunky, even at times silly. The Bible was never intended to be subject to rationalist, modernist definitions of truth.

Is there another kind of truth? Yes. Relational truth. I am married to Julie. You’re not. You will never know the truth of Julie that I know because you are not relationally involved with Julie. You may see her, speak with her, even like her and she might like you, but you are not ever in the same place I am to know her. God says, in effect, “That’s how it is with my truth. From the outside you can know a lot about my truth, but not all. From the inside, you can know more. You can know me. You must know me to know the truth of the Bible. The last thing the Bible is…is a specimen on a glass slide under the microscope of ‘lighted up’ human reason. For humans to battle for the Bible is like gnats taking on a rhino.”

So, I am theologically for inerrancy. It’s a nice concept. But I’d just as soon trust that the living Trinitarian God working through his Word will slay any flat-footed, huffy Goliath that shouts down its truthfulness, trustworthiness, authority, integrity and most of all, its beauty.

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