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March 12, 2010

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Aaron Stern

Roy - God of course has rules we should want to follow as a result of following Jesus but rules are not the starting point. It is always a mistake to try to get people to follow the rules first...that only leads to moralism.

Roy

Aaron, thanks for writing this blog. Feel encouraged even more. Copied something in my FB. Really good statement, It is not a book of rules! Too many rules are out in churches and I know you went through things. I am glad to see a glimpse of it. It takes courage to question the system.

Aaron Stern

Trey - you're welcome

John - I never said I thought the Bible was inerrant. I do believe it to be inspired and infallible, thus my enthusiasm for God's macro-story of rescue and redemption.

Trey C. Peterson

Great Information! Thank you!

John

At least you admit there are differences, that is a step farther then most fundamentalists are willing to go. You do attribute the contradictions stated clearly in that link as 'perspective'. Assuming the human flaw of perspective exists, the bible cannot be inerrant. ( interesting speech on the 10 commandments tonight, I have many thoughts on it)

Aaron Stern

Bethany - I love that. I really do believe that this is going to have a profound impact on how our kids grow up understanding God, Jesus and the Bible. What a great gift.

Jodi - a conversation that leads to Jesus is always a great conversation. Thanks for reading.

John - You are partially correct. The Bible is one book made up of 66 books but the amazing thing about it is that the message is congruent in all of it! Pretty incredible considering the fact that it was written over the course of 1500 years by over 40 authors with varying professions on three different continents in three different languages. The Gospels are each written by different authors so any difference are not contradiction but rather differences of perspective.

bethany

we LOVE this Bible and have given as gifts to many of our japanese friends here in Japan -- of course, in japanese. its my favorite!

Jodi

The other day I had a conversation with a Russian Taoist (interesting combo), and after he told me about his beliefs, I shared mine and with those included the Bible. He said he would never even touch the Bible because it was full of criminals (he was angry at this point), and then I told him he was right, but that there was one man in the Bible who was perfect. This conversation made me think how grateful I am that the Bible isn't about men being heroes but expressing that God is ultimately the hero.

Thanks for the post - I always appreciate your thoughts!

John

The bible is also not a BOOK. It is lots of books. So saying that lots of books are any of those rash generalizations is silly. But many of the books are books of law, teach us principle, and tell stories of heroes. I don't think any logical person looks for broad statements to hold onto because they can't decide what the bible is. ( It also depends on what you mean by disconnected, for example, the gospels all contain contradictory information regarding their versions of events http://www.thethinkingatheist.com/bible_contradictions.html )

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