In the past few days I’ve been, lets say chatting, to quite a few Christians online. And as usual quite a big topic in these chats has been the bible and its validity,especially centered around the extraordinary claim that it is divinely inspired. This is a topic which I have always found quite interesting, mainly because of the wide array of opinions I have encountered on the topic. I’m going to try outline how I view this particular topic.
The way I see it, assuming the judeo-christian god is real and he did interact with the writers of the bible, we have 2 options when considering it.
- The bible is wholly and completely the word of god.
- Parts of the bible are the word of god, whilst others are the product of man.
Now to me both of these options are unacceptable and I’ll try to explain why as easily and concisely as possible. While doing this I’m using a generic definition of what god is, this being that god is an all knowing and all powerful being. I’m not interested in whether or not he is all loving or merciful etc. as many people claim.
So lets start with the first option, “The bible is wholly and completely the word of god”. Now this option I find to be heavily flawed as it requires us to believe that this all knowing and all powerful god would not only decide that the best time to have direct interactions with us was during the iron age, when we had just barely begun to understand how to use iron let alone have any chance of understanding a god. It also requires us to believe that god could be wrong about certain things in the bible or that he could not prevent those he tasked with recording his word from being wrong. Both of these are hilariously flawed as for either to be true it would make it impossible for god to be all knowing/all powerful.
Option 2, “Parts of the bible are the word of god, whilst others are the product of man”, I feel only needs one point to be considered. If only parts of it are gods word,and other parts are purely the product of man, how can you know which parts are which? How can you know for sure that what you believe (that homosexuality is unnatural for example) is one of the divinely inspired parts and not just the opinion of an iron age, goat herder?
Now this is obviously all just my opinion but I do believe that these are things you have to consider if you’re going to live your life by the teachings of the bible. And especially if you plan on dictating how others have to live.