Not every verse in the Bible is the Word Of God

 


Jesus did not believe that every verse in the Bible is the Word of God. Obviously, at the time Jesus was teaching His disciples, the New Testament did not yet exist. We can however look at what Jesus thought of the Old Testament scriptures.

We are busy with a series where we expose the lie that the Bible is the infallible, inerrant Word of God

Jesus referred to the Old Testament as 'scripture', sometimes as 'Moses said' and sometimes as the 'commandments of God'.  Only once did he refer to scripture as 'The Word of God' – but lets have a look at how he did it.

He was referring to one of the ten commandments – 'Honor your father and your mother'. Even though it was one of the ten commandments, Jesus said 'Moses said' (Mark 7:10), not 'God said'. He then talks about what Moses said, links it to the law of love (the new commandment), and then ends with you are disregarding the 'Word of God' (Mark 7:13).

See what He did there? - scriptures are written by men, it is only through the Holy Spirit that it can become the 'Word of God'. But that is just a side note, ...

Let's draw a line through the idea that every verse in the Bible is the Word of God.

In Deuteronomy 24:1-4 Moses wrote that a man can divorce his wife with a letter. Jesus however says that is not how God intended it - that verse should never have been in the Bible (Mark 10:4-9). [On a side note: Jesus did not say all divorce is wrong as He also stated that divorce for the right reasons are justifiable].

That is not the only example. An 'eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth' according to the Old Testament is a principle that comes from God (Exodus. 21:24, Leviticus 24:20, Deuteronomy 19:21). It is there, you can go and read it in the Bible. However, Jesus says it is wrong – plain and simple (Matthew 5:38). 

Did God change His mind? No, it never was the will of God. Not every verse in the Bible is God's Word and some verses can be completely wrong. 

But wait, doesn't the Bible say every single verse is inspired by God?

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, -  2 Timothy 3:16

Yes, the Old Testament scriptures were inspired (God-breathed) by God - but that does not mean every single verse in the Bible are the exact words of God. It was written by people that made mistakes.

Before you go into defensive mode and try to prove that "God-breathed" actually means 'dictated by God' (which it doesn't) - there is a bigger issue.

2 Timothy is the second letter written by Paul to Timothy. A letter written by a follower of Jesus to another - not God's Word. Nobody at the time believed that His letters were the 'Word of God', not even Paul himself. 

You cannot quote something that Paul said in a letter as proof that every verse in the Bible is the Word of God. You might as well write on a piece of paper 'every verse is the Word of God' and then use that as proof. Most of the New Testament hasn't even been written yet (at the time of the letter) - and no, the Holy Spirit did not write that verse because He had the final and complete Bible in mind - that is a lie.

If you want to convince yourself that 2 Timothy 3:18 (or one of the other similar verses) means every single verse in the Bible is correct and inspired by God - then you have a big problem. 

Do you believe Jesus (because He clearly did not think every verse in the Bible was inspired by God), or do you believe a follower of Jesus that never even met Jesus? Paul didn't even spend one day with Jesus while Jesus was teaching His disciples.

Don't get me wrong. Paul was a great child of God and we can learn a lot from Paul - but what Paul has written is not on the same level as what Jesus has said - not even close. Let's take a closer look at Paul and what he said.


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