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Why Doesn’t God Communicate Clearer If The Bible Isn’t Infallible?

The word infallible is confusing or unknown by those who didn’t grow up in the church. Did the biblical writers always understand God perfectly from the beginning rather than growing in knowledge? How would God control the minds and words of the writers anyway? This may explain violent warfare actions in God’s name as writers thought it was sacrilegious to not speak of God as almighty and controlling.  Regardless, literature requires interpretations meaning we could be wrong – it isn’t always clear the original intent of the author – so we must read the Bible with an open-mind.

God may communicate more than given credit for.

Our moral outrage hints of a human Creator’s influence through our moral intuitions. A nation can make laws because there is universal agreement against murder, theft, physical or sexual abuse, etc. Thievery is wrong because all would object being stolen from. Actions violating personal or family safety are obviously immoral. Criminals often don’t defend their actions; instead, they deny committing such crimes. A universal desire to treat others like we want to be treated hints a Creator communicates to all what is good. Besides a Book wouldn’t be God’s main communication because the majority born into this world never had a copy of the Bible.

God’s invisibility can be out of uncontrolling love than cruelness.

God’s overpowering presence in our lives may only lead to consuming guilt or fearful obligations to obey. Beliefs are seldom life-changing or lasting if not freely chosen. God in person through Jesus’ miracles did not magically solve our problems if only God would stop hiding. How is human physical presence working for you in keeping you on the straight and narrow? Don’t we hide our feelings or actions from human partners or friends when not doing what we are supposed to.

Direct communication doesn’t always lead to moral behavior.

When God supposedly verbally dictated keeping the Sabbath as one of the Ten Commandments, some interpreted that as not helping an injured soul on that day while others understood helping wasn’t violating the spirit of the law. God separated the Red Sea and dropped manna from the sky to help a nation survive in the wilderness, but this didn’t always lead to the Israelites believing in God. Certainty what God wants often leads to forcing personal convictions on others but God believes freedom of beliefs best lead to long-lasting positive choices.

God doesn’t have to communicate as much as one may assume.

God guides us morally through intuitions to treat others like we want to be treated. God hasn’t predetermined the future so God can magically advise what job or relationship will work out best in the long-run. Know your gifts and pursue your passions with God’s support. Godly and human love may work the same. Children as they get older benefit more through a relationship than being told what to do. Is it necessarily bad that God has left more to our imagination? Maybe God really does forgive all things? Maybe God is the perfect parent we always have hoped for.

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How Can We Know God If The Bible Isn’t Infallible?

The word infallible is confusing or unknown by those who didn’t grow up in the church. Did the biblical writers always understand God perfectly from the beginning rather than growing in knowledge? How would God control the minds and words of the writers anyway? This may explain violent warfare actions in God’s name as writers thought it was sacrilegious to not speak of God as almighty and controlling.  Regardless, literature requires interpretations which can be wrong so we must read the Bible with an open-mind.

We can know God by reflecting on Scriptures.

2 Tim. 3:16 is quoted to defend the Bible’s infallibility: “All Scriptures is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.” But, God-breathe is subject to wide interpretation. God-breathe doesn’t necessarily mean God controlled biblical writings; God can make useful writings about God coming alongside Israel climaxing in the life of Jesus for discerning what God is really like. God accepted human communication means available to begin conversations about God. We can benefit from reflecting on the experiences of beginnings with God as we continually discern God’s hopes for us.

We can know God’s views on morality because universal mortal intuitions exist.

We all experience moral outrage which hints of a common, human Creator’s influence through our moral intuitions. A nation can make laws regardless if you believe in God or not because we are all opposed to being murdered, abused, stolen from, etc. Thievery is wrong because all would object being stolen from. Criminal don’t defend their actions; instead, they deny they ever committed such crimes. We just seem to know if something is moral or immoral.

We can know God because of personal expectations.

We all have a sense of how we “ought” to treat our family and friends. We intuitively know something is amiss when our actions don’t lead to loving others as we wish to be loved. Is knowing human expectations the same as understanding God’s expectations? When the Bible challenges us to be perfect like God (Mt. 5:48), the assumption is we know what such perfection is. Godly and human perfection must the same. In fact, those whose biblical interpretations suggest God is immoral humanly-speaking justify their explanations by arguing God sometimes is a mystery.

We can know God from open discussions rather than assuming infallible views exist.

Moral laws such as stealing, lying, or committing adultery reside in all of us. Supposed inerrant beliefs because of an infallible Book has led to threatening or forcing beliefs on others in the name of God. But, required interpretations are not infallible! Different opinions can lead to open discussions and evaluating the most loving approach in circumstances we face. Different opinions can stand side by side when humbleness and open-mindedness are part of the conversation tone. Democratic nations have no excuse. We live by moral laws most can agree while having the privilege to vote on differences that do not violate clear, moral laws.

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How Would God Provide An Infallible Book Anyway?

The word infallible is confusing or unknown by those who didn’t grow up in the church. Did biblical writers always understand God perfectly from the beginning rather than growing in knowledge? How would God control the minds and words of the writers anyway? This may explain violent warfare actions in God’s name as writers thought it was sacrilegious to not speak of God as almighty and controlling. Regardless, literature requires interpretations which can be wrong so we must read the Bible with an open-mind.

The Bible or any Book can’t be infallible because it is subject to interpretation.

Even if we assume the Bible is infallible in characterizing God, literature still requires interpretation. Scholars disagree what the Bible says about God and divorce, gender roles, homosexuality, hell, end-of-the world views, etc. The Bible can’t be an authoritative or definitive guide of what God is like because interpretations can be wrong. When does a passage not state exceptions or use hyperbole for emphasis? Is Jesus advocating domestic violence when advising to turn the other cheek? It is unlikely God only communicates through a Book because the Bible hasn’t been available to the majority of people born into this world.

We can’t prove any Book is infallible.

Many who accept the Bible being infallible would not accept the Quran being infallible because it claims to be. It is circular logic to suggest the Bible is infallible because biblical writers claim it is infallible. For example, “All Scriptures is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness” (2 Tim. 3:16). This passage may imply God makes useful for reflection writings of God coming alongside Israel and climaxing in the life of Jesus, not that God somehow controlled the beliefs and pens of the writers. Besides, when did God supposedly control the process – when the writer first wrote the words, when an editor(s) edited the original words, or finally when such recordings were gathered into a book?

The Bible can’t be proven infallible because the canon’s process is not agreed upon.

The history of the canon’s development is quite complicated. The formation of the Old Testament was a long, slow development over centuries. The Catholic Bible has seven additional books in the Old Testament than the Protestant Bible. We cannot definitely say the books of the Bible we have were the ones God intended to convey truth or there aren’t other books that have been excluded to convey truth about God. The passage above in II Timothy, for which numerous interpretations exist, can only refer to the Old Testament being God-breathed as the NT had not been gathered together when the writer penned those words.

The Bible isn’t likely to be infallible because it is not God’s nature to control.

An uncontrolling God cannot guarantee a perfect Book, but God can enter our world with the communications means available so we can grow in our understanding what God is really like. God’s lack of interference in the world with so much evil prevalent contrary to God’s wishes suggests that God seeks to influence than dictate beliefs. God much less humans know beliefs are only genuine and lost-lasting when freely chosen. God’s freedom-giving nature doesn’t support God performing a lobotomy on OT writers and controlling the canon process.

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