I won't discount what critics
raise about Scriptural errors. But I don't think their claims
offer any insoluble difficulties. I don't say I can give a
solution to every claim raised by them. However, I can say that most of
their former claims have been solved and they have had to admit they
were wrong to mistrust the Written Word time and again. But every time
they are proved wrong they come up with a new issue. THEY ARE NEVER
SATISFIED. It is apparent that their frame of mind is one of disbelief.
My thought is that the real difficulty is their lack of faith,
rather than evidence of true interpretation. Their unbelief crops
up again and again.
I do not know any evangelical believer in inerrancy who use it as a
security blanket. He accepts it because it is is taught in
Scripture, just as the virgin conception, the deity of Christ, and the
bodily resurrection of Christ from the dead are taught in Scripture.
The Scripture history does not demand credit, it demands faith.
Time and again archaeologists have made discoveries that have proved
previously doubted Scripture to indeed be correct. Are there any errors
in the Bible as originally written? Certainly not, so long as we are
talking in terms of the purpose of the authors and the acceptable
standards of precision of the day it was written. The truth shines
through those type of errors.
It is my judgment that many so-called discrepancies will be resolved as
evangelical scholars give their attention to them. It would be
foolish of me to claim that all alleged discrepancies will be
resolved on this side of eternity. Maybe they will, maybe not. But the
absence of a solution for even one remaining problem is no reason
to suppose that there is no solution.
One thing is perfectly clear. Scripture itself claims to be inerrant.
If we can not trust what Scripture say about itself, then perceived
errors are a mood point. We have a much more serious problem!
God's great adversary is Satan
God's great adversary is Satan who seeks to defeat the work
of God always.To do this he clouds the minds of men through sin. We all
see through a glass darkly and know only in part. God is glorified by
the mind-set that attributes perfection rather than error to Scripture.
In almost every case this errancy mind-set is
instilled in the theological seminaries, and as seminaries go, so go
Once errancy is accepted, it places the Bible in the same category
every other book ever written and something outside of the Bible
becomes the judge of truth. Something, anything becomes truth's judge.
Be sure in your mind that it is the Bible, as originally written
than we can trust to test all other books against.
When Jesus Christ returns faith will turn into sight and what we do not
know now we shall know then. And when all the mysteries of the Bible are
unlocked, we shall see what we have always believed---that the
written Word of God is free from error.
So, in conclusion
When people say the Bible has errors what they really mean is they don't have faith!