The Bible is not inerrant / by kevin murray

The following statement that the Holy Bible is not inerrant, should be a statement that should not be considered to be controversial, yet for certain conservative Christian sects, in addition to perhaps some other religious faiths, and those that don't really study or know that much about religion, such a statement, almost seems blasphemous, and no doubt during specific historical periods, those that did not adhere to orthodox beliefs in regards to the prevailing religious faith, suffered even unto death, for not believing in the way that they were instructed to believe.


The Bible itself, consists of about 1,200 pages and about 800,000 words, depending upon the particular translation of the Bible, along with the books or chapters that are part and parcel of that Bible, of which, different religions, add or subtract, different chapters, such as the book of Wisdom, 1 Maccabees, and 2 Maccabees, and so on and so forth.  In addition, there is no one scribe that wrote down the words of the entire Bible, for the Bible was written over a period of about 1,500 years, of which this Bible was written in different languages, in different countries, with different source materials, with different translations, with different meanings, and through all this, not a single word of the Bible was originally written in English.


So too, words are themselves, not fixated in time but are subject to change, interpretation, nuances, and biases, so that, different scholars can read the same scriptural passage and come to significantly different conclusions.  In addition, there are a minority of scholars that believe that the Bible is to be read in a literal manner, whereas there are many other scholars that see some scriptural passages as being metaphorical or allegorical.  It is also of critical import to recognize that there is not a definitive source material available that covers all of the Biblical material that has become part and parcel of the Bible, which means that without the original source, there cannot be a guarantee that the words recorded are actually correct.  Not to mention, that there are a multitude of Biblical translations that are available, in which, the words expressed differ enough that there is no true consensus on certain Biblical passages.


All of this, in and of itself, pretty much makes it clear, that the Bible, is not inerrant, for when there is no perfect source material, written in a language which allows no room or maneuverability for interpretation or no room for words to change even a wit from what they were meant to say at that time and place, then quite obviously, errancy of some degree becomes the norm within a given Bible, and it cannot be prevented or perfectly rectified.


Still, none of this even involves perhaps the most important part of the Bible and the words that are written inside of it, which is that the printing, publishing, and distribution of the Bible, is something that could only be initially accomplished through the conjunction of the aegis of religious authorities and the highest authorized government offices, so that anything so written that would reflect poorly against the orthodoxy of the prevailing religious authority or would encourage the people as a whole, to get riled up and to thereby desire to rise up against their ruling authority, could not then, nor could it now, be written into the Bible. 


While the Word of God is most definitely inerrant, for God is absolute perfection; man's interpretation of that Word, as give in the Bible, is not; for mankind is imperfect and rather prone to changing things to suit their own selfish desires and thereby to take that which was inerrant and pass it off as if it was.