1 Peter 3:15 says “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.” I would like to believe that this is not what that author had in mind…
Perhaps the Bible should have a disclaimer "The views expressed in the Bible are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of God or the Kingdom of Heaven."
Kinda like when someone tells you interpreting the Bible is like putting together a jigsaw puzzle. You need to see the picture on the cover to know how to put it together.
Where does the Bible tell us the Bible is the Word of God? It says Jesus is the Word made flesh, and the Word was with God from the beginning of time, and the Word was God. It doesn't sound like the Bible is talking about a book when it talks about the Word of God.
LOL, James. Karl Barth put it much better. Asked to sum up the Gospel, he said:"Jesus loves me this I know, for the Bible tells me so."Of course, Karl Barth was not a theological liberal, as you are. Here is the liberal version:The Jesus of history as I reconstruct him inspires me to be that I am accepted. I know this despite the Bible, which should not be taken seriously unless I have independent grounds for so doing.
"inspires me to believe"
“… never quarrel about words … terminology. .. keep away from discussing concepts.” Popper, “Objective Knowledge: An Evolutionary Approach”Speaking of an evolutionary approach, that closed-loop circular argument about the bible is in part the progenitor of so much in-house fighting and variation via denominational splits – that the circular reasoning comes just as unraveled in real life as does DNA before recombination. I forget which biologist proposed the idea that species are not any more real in real life than any other hierarchical strata in biology – whether this is so (I doubt it), the idea that our definitions of species (including species of biblical arguments) can stop real life variation from happening and can keep everyone under the big umbrella of one family is … well, just look around. Cheers,Jim
thanks for the link! The irony is of course that there is no place in the bible wherein it says that the bible is the word of God–for quite obvious reasons. But no fundie will ever admit to that I suspect, nor even recognize the fallacy.
Someone needs to get off his Hobbinshorse . . .
Acts 17:11 – Those more noble for having an open-ready mind for the scripture….to see if what Paul said was trueSo that's why you read the scripture….to see if what people are saying is true, regarding the Word.Don't get it TWISTED!There are fakes running around..which means you must have discernment otherwise, you will be deceived: case:Matt 7:21-23 Jesus warns, "Not everyone who calls out to me, ‘Lord! Lord!’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Only those who actually do the WILL OF MY FATHER in Heaven will enter. On Judgment Day MANY will say to me, ‘Lord! Lord! We PROPHESIED IN YOUR NAME and Cast out demons in your Name and Performed many Miracles in your Name.’ But I will reply, ‘I never knew you. Get away from me, you who BREAK GOD'S LAWS."
Romans 16:17-1817 And now I make one more appeal, my dear brothers and sisters. Watch out for people who cause divisions and upset people’s faith by teaching things contrary to what you have been taught. Stay away from them. 18 Such people are not serving Christ our Lord; they are serving their own personal interests. By smooth talk and glowing words they deceive innocent people.