Over the years since my born-again process have been listening, watching, reading and digesting all sorts of Christian media. This has been going on for some 38 years, last seven or eight been doing ministry actually all this time been doing ministry only last not employed in a secular job.
This is about scripture and some of what's been gleaned during this time. First off don't see how anyone can think the bible in any translation or from the manuscripts is inerrant. The manuscripts differ and it there is one error its not inerrant. This belief has been promoted and carried on by a group of men who are basically in denial of the facts. I believe a lot has to do with peer pressure and some just are so bent on God things they just can't believe any other way. That's not necessarily a bad thing however as a high view of scripture can lead one to success prosperity and a God directed life. Would rather have a little denial than ripping the bible apart till you basically don't believe what you read.
Really the problems are a testimony to the facts that scripture has been copied and brought forward for the most part by people who respect scripture and haven't altered the manuscripts to make the Gospels agree. The main problems in scripture are with the Gospels by the way the other books were written in less hectic times and sheparded by the individuals that wrote them. The church that kept the jot and tittle of the Old Testament was not so concerned about the Lord's life even to the point of putting Him and the Apostles to death. Its no wonder that they didn't record the events they were trying to wipe out Christianity.
Much has been made of the Chicago statement which I don't believe says the scriptures are inerrant. RC Sproul one of the authors of that statement on one of his broadcast said that the basic truths of scripture were inerrant. I do believe the Lord's statement on the jot and tittle meant that the Torah was inerrant and that includes Genesis folks, but has been used to mean the whole bible which is not correct. Also Paul's writing that the scriptures were given by Inspiration was referring to the Old Testament which has been misconstrued the mean the whole bible.
Dr. J Vernon McGhee one of the great scholars of scripture made the statement that the new translations were bringing the doctrine of inerrancy into question. You have verses in one translation that are not in the other. When the NIV came out translated from older manuscripts that were not known at the time of the King James had less verses than the manuscripts the KJ was translated from.
The Septuagint insured a reliable translation of the old testament from 300 bc. If the manuscripts are not inerrant we can't produce a known inerrant English translation. If we did produce or find inerrant manuscripts we wouldn't know we have them except by direct revelation from God. Which is possible but then we would have to give credibility to the person that gave the revelation.
The Scriptures are the most documented reliable book that is in existence bar none. No other book has as many documents supporting it none even come close for ancient writings. This does not guarantee it's inerrancy if the gospels in the original writing had differences the bible written would have differences however it would be inerrant as that the translation was from manuscripts that were accurate to the original writings.
Just some thoughts agree or disagree you are welcome to comment. Just trying to get at Truth for He is the Way the Truth the Life. God bless in Christ JRR,
Gifted as to seeing and hearing in the Spirit realm, I relate this experience. Reading the Gospel of the Holy Twelve, it says in the part about the conception of Jesus.;
1. AND in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God, unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, to a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Ioseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary.
2. Now Ioseph was a just and rational Mind, and he was skilled in all manner of work in wood and in stone. And Mary was a tender and discerning Soul, and she wrought veils for the temple. And they were both pure before God; and of them both was Iesu-Maria who is called the Christ.
3. And the angel came in unto her and said, Hail, Mary, thou that art highly favoured, for the Mother of God is with thee: blessed art thou among women and blessed be the fruit of thy womb.
4. And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be. And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary, for thou hast found favour with God and, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb and bring forth a child, and He shall be great and shalt be called a Son of the Highest.
5. And the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: and he shall reign over the house of Jacob forever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.
6. Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man? And the angel answered and said unto her The Holy Spirit shall come upon Ioseph thy Spouse, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee, O Mary, therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Christ, the Child of God, and his Name on earth shalt be called Iesu-Maria, for he shall save the people from their sins, whosoever shall repent and obey his Law.
7. Therefore ye shall eat no flesh, nor drink strong drink, for the child shall be consecrated unto God from its mother’s womb, and neither flesh nor strong drink shall he take, nor shall razor touch his head.
8. And, behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she hath also conceived a son in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her, who was called barren. For with God no thing shall be impossible. And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her.
9. And in the same day the angel Gabriel appeared unto Ioseph in a dream and said unto him, Hail, Ioseph, thou that art highly favoured, for the Fatherhood of God is with thee. Blessed art thou among men and blessed be the fruit of thy loins.
10. And as Ioseph thought upon these words he was troubled, and the angel of the Lord said unto him, Fear not, Ioseph, thou Son of David, for thou hast found favour with God, and behold thou shalt beget a child, and thou shalt call his name Iesu-Maria for he shall save his people from their sins.
11. Now all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was written in the prophets saying, Behold a Maiden shall conceive and be with child and shall bring forth a son, and shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God Within Us.
12. Then Ioseph being raised from sleep did as the angel had bidden him, and went in unto Mary, his espoused bride, and she conceived in her womb the Holy One.
As I read this I knew Joeseph yes Joeseph the father of Jesus was present and as I read verse 12 he said “I guarantee it.”
Also close to this period of time had a vision of a man who discerned to be the Emperor Constantine had his head down being escorted by a Roman soldier and another man of who am not sure of the identity. What was thought is that he was in trouble maybe being escorted to a tribunal.
Believe the Roman Church directed by Constantine confiscated the scriptures they were in charge of the Holy Land for 600 years? Not sure exactly how many. Believe the mingling of the Sacred with the Pagan it occurred to me the other day that maybe Constantine was trying to make Mary a kind of Dianna a goddess. The Roman Church gave Christ the birthday of Zeus and Ishtar for Easter a fertility god.