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Do I believe the Bible is true? Yes! Absolutely. Do I believe in the 1978 Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy signed into being in 1978? No, not at all.

Not only do I not believe in it, I think the fruit of it is even worse, often all smelly and rotten. People seem to believe that if they scream “Biblical inerrancy” it will somehow stop gay marriage, end homosexuality, and prevent transgenderism. Well, how is that all working out???

What it actually does is teach people they should not think critically about their Bibles, not internalize what they are reading, and not incorporate it into their personal lives. It does absolutely nothing to convince people that they better “submit to the facts.” In fact, whenever I hear that phrase myself I assume you’re a small minded moron with an ego five stories higher then your IQ.

One of the tragic side effects is that we have created a kind of intellectual faith, all in our heads, and completely devoid of the heart. It cuts us off from the poetry and music of the Bible and it prevents us from letting the Bible speak to us as individuals, which requires a bit of subjective experience and artistic participation.

Proverbs 3:5 says, “Trust in the LORD with all your heart...” Deuteronomy 6:4, “you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart..” Matthew 22:37, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.

Well, if one is going to insist all those multiple passages mean one should only use one’s intellectual, fact based, objective interpretations, with no heart, well, one has just violated one’s entire notion of Biblical innerancy. The Bible is full of poetry, metaphors, parables, and instructions to use your heart.

Ironically, it is the innerancy of the Bible that speaks to us about that very thing. John 1:1 says, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” The Word is a Person, not a flat, two dimensional set of markings on a page. Those markings do not carry any meaning in and of themselves, without an observer interpreting them through the personhood of Jesus Christ.

How do you prevent the Bible from saying whatever you want it to say? Interpret it through the eyes of Christ and not your own.

For a few thousand years of Christian history these things were discussed and fought over, debated and argued, which is clear evidence that the matter was not, “settled throughout all of church history.” In fact the Catholic church didn’t even come up with their own version of something similar to “Biblical inerrancy” until around 1965. Their version is actually less problematic, somewhat more sensible.

Speaking of Catholics, I don’t even know what to do with a bunch of protestants who actually came into being by going against the grain and questioning the text. To be “reformed” indicates one must have wanted to “reform” something. Catholics often have a few extra books in their Bibles today, which seems to indicate somebody challenged the text at some point. When I read John Calvin’s commentaries, not only is he challenging the text, he is correcting punctuation and wording and critiquing what he is reading. And shoot, Martin Luther hated the book of James and several others, and argued in favor of their outright removal!

I saw a hat the other day, cute baby blue thing saying, “God knows.” Just two words! So I automatically assume it means God knows your struggles, God knows your heart, God knows what you’re going through. This is a Hat of Comfort, of encouragement. That is my subjective judgement of just two little words. But au contraire, a bazillion people were offended by the hat on account of the fact that it represents a kind of stalker God out to get us, not unlike Santa Claus, “He knows if you’ve been good or bad…” For many people it felt threatening as if “God knows”…. what a creep you are. God knows…. what you did last summer….

How in the world do we take just two little words and come up with such completely different interpretations?? Well, needless to say, I believe my interpretation is more reflective of the actual personhood of Christ. I can’t really prove that with facts, you kind of have to get to know Him and feel it, see for yourself. And tragedy of all tragedies, a lot of the people objecting to that hat, were actually Christians who seem to believe this God of judgement and condemnation who hates us, is a good thing! The hat was too kind, too loving! Sheesh.

The condition of one’s heart is going to impact what we see in the very same two words of text. It is reflective of our own relationship with Jesus. Hollering about “objective reality” and the “innerancy of the Bible” really does nothing to fix that. In fact, it makes things even worse because now you’re a complete lunkhead and nobody wants what you have lurking in your own heart.

So there you have it. That’s how I feel about the whole thing. There is a lot of stuff that came into existence within modern American Christianity beginning in the late 70’s that was far more about reacting and responding to politics then it was about faith and several of those things, rather then helping, have done a lot of harm.