“I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” Mark 9:24
We’ve been studying different aspects of Christianity in our adult education class that meets after church on Sundays. During our last class, we dealt with the fallibility of the Bible.
It was very interesting to hear of the different accounts of creation that are given in the Bible, with definite errors in the timeline. These were things I had never noticed before, mainly because I never questioned them when I used to read them as a child.
I have been doing some more research on my own today, and have been simply astounded at the contradictions that are so obvious.
- God told Noah to take two of every animal on the ark, then later tells him to take seven of some of the animals.
- Genesis tells us that God made animals before he made man, then tells us that God made animals as company for man, because he was alone.
- Circumcision is commanded, then discouraged.
- It tells us we are justified by faith alone, then faith with works.
- God tells us we should love our parents, while Jesus says we should hate our parents and follow him.
Anyone who has studied the history of the Bible knows that it was written by many different people at different times and then compiled by religious figures years later. It has been translated numerous times from countless different languages, and translation is more of an art form than a science. There are bound to be errors somewhere, I just never knew they were so extensive.
Our pastor explained that the book is still holy, but not infallible. It is the recounting of people’s relationships and experiences with God. I agreed with pretty much everything that was said in the class, but have found myself feeling torn about the conversation this morning.
I am going to church for a couple of reasons. First, I want to believe in God and I want assurance that I am not going some place bad when I die. Second, I love the fellowship that comes from having an extended church family.
Hearing that the Bible is fallible, and then reading the many examples causes me to only have more questions than I had to begin with. This gives me great concern, because I feel that I am moving in the wrong direction.
I want to believe in God, I want to believe in Jesus, I want to believe in Christianity, but I refuse to believe simply for the sake of believing. I want the facts, and if the facts make me uncomfortable, then so be it.
Maybe this is just part of my journey and I am going to keep my mind and heart open to God and trust that if he exists, he will show me the evidence that I need to be able to have a solid relationship with him.
(I do not endorse or agree with all of the opinions expressed on this source’s website, especially their callous interpretation of scripture “related” to homosexuality.)