Is the Bible infallible?

Is the Bible infallible?

Since there are no originals of God's words, and since we are to understand what we have as scriptures that were copied over and over again, how can we have confidence that the Bible does not have mistakes?

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Re: Is the Bible infallible?

Having faith in God's word means having faith in its author. If God was responsible for creating the universe and inspiring the human penmen that he used as his secretaries, then this powerful entity would have no trouble preserving his own instruction manual for humankind.

The copyists went to great lengths to make sure errors did not creep into their work which was considered a sacred responsibility, Not only did they count the words on every page, but they also counted the letters.

The Dead Sea Scrolls give us confidence that the scriptures have come down to us as they were written.

"But the meek ones themselves will possess the earth, And they will indeed find their exquisite delight in the abundance of peace" (Psalm 37:11)

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I'm not sure where the other posts are but I was speaking on how perfect people believe the bible is and the how it came to be compiled. I believe that because it was handled by man that it is no longer perfect.

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Since there are no originals of God's words, and since we are to understand what we have as scriptures that were copied over and over again, how can we have confidence that the Bible does not have mistakes?

I don't think "having confidence" is even an issue since it's quite clear the Bible DOES contain mistakes.

Jane wrote:

The copyists went to great lengths to make sure errors did not creep into their work which was considered a sacred responsibility, Not only did they count the words on every page, but they also counted the letters.

The above statement is nothing but 100% speculation on Jane's part without a shred of evidence to back it up. For the most part we don't even know who the copyists were, nor were there any proclamations on their part that they "counted words and letters on every page".

On the contrary, evidence that there are mistakes in the bible is overwhelming.

To start with there are scores of different bible translations and not one of them agrees with another. Some actually render particular verses with the EXACT OPPOSITE meaning from another version.
So which version is the version with no mistakes? Is it the King James Version or the New King James Version?
How about the New American Standard Bible, the Living Bible or the New International Version? Is it the Armenian Bible or maybe the Ethiopic Bible? Perhaps  it's the Latin Vulgate or one of the many translations derived from it?
And if it's the King James Version, which version of THAT version is the perfect one? There have been hundreds of changes to the King James Version since the original 1611 printing.

A bible with no mistakes you ask? How about we take a look at the King James Version just for instance.

God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent. (Numbers 23:19)

vs.

And the Lord repented of the evil which he thought to do unto his people. (Exodus 32:14)
...and God repented of the evil, that he had said that he would do unto them; and he did it not. (Jonah 3:10)

or this:
Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man. (James 1:13)

vs.

And it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt Abraham. (Gen. 22:1)

or this:
No man hath seen God at any time... (John 1:18)
No man hath seen God at any time. (1 John 4:12)

vs.

For I have seen God face to face. (Genesis 32:30)
And the Lord spake unto Moses face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend. (Exodus 33:11)

or this:
And the men which journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a voice, but seeing no man. (Acts 9:7)

vs.

And they that were with me saw indeed the light, and were afraid; but they heard not the voice of him that spake to me. (Acts 22:9)

Or how about a simple numbers problem:
Two and twenty years old was Ahaziah when he began to reign (2 Kings 8:26)

vs.

Forty and two years old was Ahaziah when he began to reign (2 Chron. 22:2)


The Bible isn't perfect and there ARE mistakes, but I believe for the most part they are inconsequential.

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Are you ready for the inevitable? There is no need to be fearful of that inevitable moment, so long as you are prepared and as long as you are not taking comfort in something that sounds nice but is really just positive but wishful thinking. Make your life journey count, consider your eternal destination. Just believing in a lie wont make it truth, no matter how much you want it or how appealing that lie is. It is better to know the truth than to live in the delusion of a lie. No one likes being deceived, but in a world of political correctness, acceptance and anything goes, it is easy to side-step the truth of reality. What REALLY is true?

Can we just make up our own truth and say "well that is true for you, but my truth is something else"? Surely we can't all be right, especially when there are so many contradictory beliefs and top world religions out there.