The Antagonism of Biblical Inerrancy

Scot McKnight shared this Barna infographic:

The survey seems to assume rather than demonstrate that those who take anything other than an inerrantist view of the Bible do not read the Bible as often as inerrantists do, if they read it at all.

That seems to me to be inherently problematic. But even if correct, it is still misleading. The people who read the Bible without the constraint of a dogma about inerrancy are reading the actual Bible, while those who subscribe to inerrancy are reading an imaginary one that is filtered through a distorting lens. Why that should be considered praiseworthy, and described as “engaged” with the Bible or “friendly” towards it, is beyond me.

If anything, those who read the Bible honestly, however often they do so, should be the ones considered to be “engaged” and/or “friendly,” while those who impose inerrancy as a framework should be labeled “antagonistic.”

  • http://twitter.com/iamstillrob robert davis

    I responded on Scot’s post as one of the initial detractors to this “survey.” This is basically what I was trying to get at with my post awhile back over on the EV blog: trophy bibles.

  • Tim

    Agreed. I find these categories ridiculous. I am clearly in the non-innerrantist category but not only read the bible everyday but have a passion for it.

    • http://caveat1ector.wordpress.com/ Hydroxonium

      Same here. I noticed that I did not fit into any of the categories!

  • Mikail2

    Barna, himself, is an adherent to the ridiculous and reality denying doctrine of Biblical inerrancy, so his attitude towards non-inerrantists is not surprising.

  • http://caveat1ector.wordpress.com/ Hydroxonium

    Indeed!

  • TomS

    I wonder how many people who claim to read the Bible often do, in fact, read the Bible often. How many people respond to a poll with the answer that they think they ought to give. Labeling a particular view as “antagonistic” would seem to influence people not to give this answer.

  • steve finnell

    TRUST GOD OR NOT?

    When Christians are ask if they trust God; most would respond in the affirmative. Do Christians really believe God is trustworthy?

    How do Christian respond when asked, do they believe the Bible to be the inerrant word of God? For many, the trust, in God starts to wane at this point. An all too common reply, is of course the Bible is God’s word, however, the Scriptures were recorded and translated into other languages my mere men. We know men make mistakes.

    What is mystifying to me is how believers in Christ can proclaim that they believe God created the heavens and the earth, but do not believe God has the power to direct men to record and translate His word without error. Would that be a God you could trust?

    Matthew 4:4 But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live on bread alone , but on every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.’” (NASB)

    Jesus said men should live on every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God. How would that be possible if the Bible is not the infallible word of God?

    1 John 2:3 By this we know that we have come to know Him, if we keep His commandments.(NASB)

    John said we know Jesus if we keep His commandments. If the Bible is not God’s incontrovertible truth, how can we know we are keeping the commandments of Jesus?

    THE GOD I WORSHIP HAS THE POWER TO PRODUCE A BIBLE THAT IS INERRANT, FACTUAL,
    INFALLIBLE, FREE FROM ERROR, LITERAL IN HISTORICAL ACCURACY, TRANSLATED CORRECTLY, AND YES, INSPIRED BY GOD HIMSELF.

    There those who agree that the Bible is the inerrant word of God but then state that you have to be a Greek, Hebrew, and Aramaic scholar to understand the meaning of Scripture.

    In order to understand the Bible you have to understand whatever langauge translation you are reading. If English is your first language then you should use an English translation, if German is your primary language then read a German translation, if you are Greek then read a Greek translation etc.

    It is not ironic that they do not believe you have be a Greek, Hebrew, and Aramaic scholar to under Joshua 10:13, however, in order to understand Acts 2:38 you have be not only have to be a Greek, Hebrew, and Aramaic scholar, but an English professor as well.

    Joshua 10:13 So the sun stood still, and the moon stopped, Until the nation avenged themselves of their enemies.

    The “scholar police” accept Joshua 10:13 at face value; as well they should.

    The “scholar police” believe you have to be a Greek scholar and an English professor to understand Acts 2:38.
    The “scholar police” have an agenda. There goal is to convince the world that water baptism is not essential to have sins forgiven.

    Acts 2:38 Peter replied “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ so that your sins may be forgiven. and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.(The Thompson Chain -Reference Bible NIV)

    You do not have to be a Greek scholar or an English professor to understand what “so that your sins may be forgiven” means.

    Acts 2:38 Peter told them, “you must repent and every one of you must be baptised in the name of Jesus , so that you may have your sins forgiven and receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.(The New Testament in Modern English by J. B. Phillips)

    If you have a fifth grade reading level you are capable of understand the meaning of “so that you may have your sins forgiven.”

    Acts 2:38 Then Peter said unto them, Let each one of you repent and be immersed, in the name of Jesus Christ, in order to the remission of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. (The Better Version of The New Testament by Chester Estes)

    “In order to the remission of sins” means the same thing whether you are a Greek scholar, a professor in English or a novice Christian.

    Acts 2:38 Peter said to them, “Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.(NASB)

    It does not matter if you are a Greek scholar, or an English professor; “for the forgiveness or your sins” means exactly what it says.

    DO NOT LET THE “SCHOLAR POLICE” CONVINCE YOU, THAT ONLY AN ELITE FEW CAN UNDERSTAND THE BIBLE.

    CONTRARY TO THE “SCHOLAR POLICE” WATER BAPTISM IS ESSENTIAL TO HAVE YOUR SINS FORGIVEN!

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    • http://irrco.wordpress.com/ Ian

      From the size of the chip on your shoulder, I’m assuming you’re neither a greek scholar or an english professor.

      Yours, Captain Duncan, 1st Precinct, Scholar Police.


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