Please don’t miss understanding — I believe the Bible is true. I also believe the Bible is God inspired. I simply don’t call the Bible the inspired, infallible, inerrant Word of God because history is history, letters are personal, writing can be misunderstood, man is fallible, we have someone better, Jesus is the Word of God, I no longer want to be called a Bible church, and we see dimly.
I stay away from terms like inerrant because people make mistakes and people who have heard a bit about the Bible have already made their mind up about it. By the way, doubting the Bible, rejecting the Bible isn’t equivalent to rejecting and doubting Jesus – the true Word of God.
Anyway, I prepared a screencast earlier this week as I was preparing for Sunday. Hopefully this will help you walk in relationship with Jesus Christ. If you have placed the Bible in an inappropriate place in your life, maybe this talk will help you to turn back to the worship of Jesus Christ.
Here is a 20 minute screencast explaining why I don’t call the Bible the inspired, infallible, inerrant Word of God. I do believe it is inspired by God, I do read it everyday, I do teach from it every week, and I am even going to encourage people to read it again from cover to cover in 2011. After this screen cast is a quote from Darin Hufford’s Bible article and a link to his site.
Darin Hufford’s quote: “The story of Gideon goes on to say that after the golden Ephod was made, “all of Israel prostituted themselves by worshiping the Ephod”. Think of this for a moment. They actually worshiped the way in which to determine God’s will over worshiping God Himself. The story later goes on to say that it became a snare to Gideon and his family.
So what does this have to do with the Bible? One of the things we are taught about the Bible is that it is the way in which to determine the will of God. Just as the Israelites prostituted themselves after the golden Ephod, I believe that modern day Christianity is doing the exact same thing with the Bible. We have prostituted ourselves after the Bible and there is no doubt in my mind that it has become a thorn and a snare to almost every Christian in America. In fact I think many Christians have actually traded God for the Bible. Many others have even come to the point where they think God IS the Bible. I truly believe that the Bible has become the golden Ephod of our time.”