The Bible: Inspired or Inerrant? (Addendum)
Our two most recent blogs have argued for the view that the Bible should be viewed for what it says it is: inspired, not inerrant. This blog takes a different turn, almost whimsical.
But with clear warning signs for church orthodoxy. Considered are four seemingly disconnected observations about Matthew’s gospel and the ensuing aftermath.
Our path begins with Matthew and the "good news" of the gospel as he saw it. The path takes us by patriarchs of the post-apostolic church. We end in the 1970s with the pastor of a Baptist church in none other than the City of Jerusalem.
Taken together, the observations along this path lead to an alternative hypothesis as to how the synoptic gospels came into being – and what that means to Christianity today.
Rather than treat the gospels as, well, gospel, we are instead faced with a living, ever changing narrative of Jesus as Savior and expositor of the kingdom of God.
Inspiring? Yes, but only as we interpret scripture in the light of historic authenticity coupled with the ever wily breath of the Spirit – all played out uniquely in the lives and communities inhabited by each follower of the kingdom around and before us. .
Take a look and see what you think - as we probe yet deeper into the age-old question of biblical inspiration vs. inerrancy with this supplemental installment of the jesustheheresy
blog. (Click on the word "blog" to the left to read more...)