This morning I re-tweeted the following:
If you don't have an infallible Bible, you have a Stepford God.
from @dailykeller - Quotes from Tim Keller, and I was challenged on it, by a Christian and a non-Christian.
The Christian suggested:
...Or does believing in an infallible Bible produce Stepford Christians? What does an infallible Bible mean anyway?
and the non-Christian:
with absolute respect to you, I have to ask- do you really consider the bible infallible? Every verse?
Interesting comments... So I felt my responses too long to tweet and here we are:
So, yes I do believe in an infallible bible. I believe it is the Word of God, given to those who wrote it out. However what I don't believe is that everyone who reads it, and therefore interprets it, is infallible. I also believe it is important to look at the context surrounding when things were written. So I wouldn't take a passage deliberately out of context to prove a point. If I did, then I would not be going through the discernent process because Paul says: I do not permit a woman to teach, or to have authority over a man... (1 Tim 2:11)
If I did, then I would not wear mixed fibres (as stated in Leviticus 19:19)
If I did, then I would have been cut off from my people, several times...! (see Leviticus 20:18)
In terms of Kellers quote above, I think he was saying that if we don't believe that the bible is the God-breathed word of God, then we put God into a mould that we have made for him. We make him in our image rather than the other way round. We have a God that ticks a lot of boxes but isn't capable of much. and I don't believe in that kind of God. I believe in a God that is not going to fit into any box that we could ever make for him. He is far bigger, wider, stronger and mysterious than we can ever imagine.
I think there are 'Stepford Christians' out there and they are the ones who just accept everything they read or hear without addressing whether that sits comfortably with them for themselves. They are the ones who when questioned cannot engage with the question and get all defensive about their faith. I'm not knocking that, some people are happy to have that kind of faith, they don't want to question stuff. Personally I'm not, and I love being challenged on stuff because it makes me think.
Love to hear what others think...
PS: on twitter I am @redjules