One of my web sites deals with “Biblical inerrancy,” the idea that a supernatural being essentially dictated the entire Christian Bible so that every word is true. To some of you this may seem like a silly idea. But at least in the United States, Biblical inerrancy or literalism has a big impact on the way people live, think, feel, and vote.
According to a Gallup poll in 2007, “About one-third of the American adult population believes the Bible is the actual word of God and is to be taken literally word for word.” The Gallup report continues: “Some denominations hold the belief in a literal Bible as a hallmark of their faith. The statement of ‘Faith and Mission’ of the Southern Baptist Convention, for example, says that: ‘The Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired and is God’s revelation of Himself to man. It is a perfect treasure of divine instruction. It has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth, without any mixture of error, for its matter. Therefore, all Scripture is totally true and trustworthy.’”
Perhaps you or someone you know has read Rick Warren’s hugely popular book, The Purpose-Driven Life. Rick contends that “What we need is a perfect standard that will never lead us in the wrong direction. Only God’s Word meets that need. . . . Paul explains, ‘Everything in the Scriptures is God’s word. All of it is useful for teaching and helping people and for correcting them and showing them how to live'” (p. 187).
Actually, it’s incredibly easy to show that many commandments attributed to God in the Bible are obviously un-Godly. That’s the point of my web site, “Did God Really Say THAT!?”
Right now that site features a series on The Bible and Abortion. If this might interest to you or anyone you know, please click here. Your feedback is welcome!
Roger Christan Schriner