THE INFALLIBILITY AND INERRANCY OF THE BIBLE - PART 3

By Dee Raptor

On Jul 7, 2021

Is The Bible Actually Full of Errors & Contradictions?

Although, the 66 books of the bible were written by about 40 different human authors, the ultimate author of the bible is God (2Tim 3:16, Exodus 4;10, Jeremiah 36:1-4, 1Corinnthians 2:13). These different authors at different times in history, with unique viewpoints, writing styles, intentions/purposes, and audiences all wrote as they were enabled by God Himself. This is evidenced in the unity and progression of thought along with the absence of contradiction.

Though God is the author of Scripture, in His sovereignty, He chose to use men. And we can see that He used the writers’ frame of reference, cultural background, historical perspective, personality, emotions, and experiences

Hence, two key elements we must note in order to observe a biblical view of the inspiration of the Bible are;

  1. The divine touch that makes it infallible
  2. The human touch making it understandable

Thus, as Kevin J. Conner asserts and rightly so, that “the miracle of inspiration is that God could channel His revelation through a man without detracting from its perfectness; that man using his consciousness could write divine truth; and that the Holy Spirit could inspire men to write the infallible Word of God without violating their personalities. God was able to fully utilize the faculties of fallible men and yet somehow overrule their limitations so as to bring forth an infallible revelation of Himself.’’  

 ‘’If God has inspired the Bible, it must present a cohesive, unified picture of God and his dealings with humanity. If God has spoken, it must be in a voice so coherent and consistent that every believer can listen without fear of being misled’’ – David E. O’Brien

The only contradictions we find in scripture are usually ‘apparent’ and It has become predominantly common, even among Christians to explain away certain portions of Scripture that appear to be out of sync with either the broader teachings of Scripture or popular contemporary culture as their being ‘’the writer’s personal opinion’’. Some even take it further to suggesting that the authors of the bible wrote from their personal biases. This I must comment is a very lazy, yet arrogant approach to Holy Scriptures. 

Why we encounter difficulties interpreting the bible

Apart from the fact that the lenses through which we view scriptures are usually tainted by the power of the world around us, our personal biases, and presuppositions, oftentimes we are guilty of looking for meaning in scripture beyond its historical, grammatical, and logical context. This approach to scripture inevitably brings us to a point where we interpret certain parts of Scripture to contradict others. Thus, the contradiction lies not in the scripture but in our perception of the Scripture.

How do we solve these difficulties?

Bible interpretation like any science has its principles. Also, we have to see the Bible as a whole. It is easy to know and even recite bits and portions of scripture separately, but it takes diligence and commitment to learn how they all tie up into one historic narrative.

For instance, John 1:18, Genesis 32:30 & Job 42: 5 appear to be in contradiction to 1Timothy 6:16. Reading each of them in their proper setting respectively, it becomes clear that John stresses Jesus’ role as the incarnation of God (i.e. God in the flesh), Job’s statement is a poetic expression of Job’s heightened awareness of the character and nature of God while 1Tim 6:16 is more than a mere declaration that no one has seen God. In its fuller sense, it is stating that in Christ, anything we may have known about God before Christ now pales in comparison to what God has revealed in Christ Jesus.

In order to be able to deal with such difficulties as apparent contradictions in certain passages of the bible, one needs to always bear in mind the following; 

Authors portray different periods of history and demonstrate different types of relationships with God and the world. This creates a rich, colorful experience in studying the Bible. This also shows us why the authors’ intent and purpose of writing the book is important for context when dealing with the meaning of the text.

Also, always keep in mind that the Bible is meant to be studied if we must come to a proper understanding of God (His nature and character) and eternal plan for mankind. Rather than carelessly dismiss portions of the Bible that appear difficult and unclear, see them as opportunities to dig deeper into God’s word and not hindrances. 

With prayer, a willingness to learn, and guidance from the Holy Spirit, you can confidently study the Bible with the assurance that ultimately, all of Scripture points to our Savior, Jesus Christ.

 Sources:

  • Today’s handbook for solving Bible difficulties – David E. O'Brien
  • The Foundations of Christian Doctrine: A practical guide to Christian Belief – Kevin J. Conner



About The Author

D. D. KUYET alias "Dee Raptor" is a Christian HipHop Artiste/Rapper. He is also a graduate of Food Science and Technology. He is a contributing writer at lightwk