It’s amazing how easily we accept that the Bible is the divinely-inspired word of God. As if God would not allow all the radically different versions of the Bible to tell a different story.
Somehow we believe that God would not allow us to go astray from his message. At what point in the Bible has God ever shown us that he would not allow that? Clearly, Adam and Eve were allowed to stray? How about the Israelites in the Desert? How about the entire world before God wiped everyone out except Noah and Company?
I think God allows us to go astray because in the end he knows that it doesn’t matter. His will will be done. So what would make us believe that he wouldn’t allow the Bible to go astray?
In all honesty, I think the Bible strays quite a bit. I think when unknowledgeable people put into words things they have seen, heard and believe, you will always get a vary watered down rendition of the truth. If what Jesus did on the cross truly happened, I think it is something much more powerful than washing away sins. As if he was doing laundry. Yet all the people who articulated his work could not understand what he did, so this was their explanation to the best of their ability.
I don’t blame them. I blame us for taking it at face value and not questioning them in order to enhance our understanding of their discoveries.
We should seek the truth without blindly accepting what others (including the Bible) claim to be true. Referring to another post, faith is the foundation. It is the start, not the end of discovery. And faith, like any other foundation, sometimes needs to evolve to support the discoveries that stand on it.
I think the only real divine inspiration is given to those who are brave enough to question their faith at the risk of shaking their foundation in the hopes of stregthening it.