The lie about the Bible
There is a lie that has been told for over 2000 years. A lie that is so deeply rooted in how we think that most Christians will never accept the truth. The lie is that the Bible is the inerrant, infallible Word of God.
It means that people believe every single verse in the Bible is the word (or the words) of God. That every verse can be quoted as 'This is what God says'.
I can list a lot of Bible verses that is a real problem if you believe that - some of those are shocking and others just embarrassing to try and justify as something God would have said. But that is not the reason you should change how you see the Bible.
The Bible 'contains' the Word of God - if you study it and God's 'Word' is revealed to you through the Holy Spirit. But not every verse in the Bible is the Word of God (I will give you proof of this in the next article).
The Word of God is not limited to the Bible. We will be looking at other Gospels and books that were written at the same time (more or less) but were not included in the Bible. There are also many different ways God 'speaks' to us.
The Bible is inspired by God, but written by people. People that made mistakes. Some mistakes in the Bible are silly and irrelevant, others are important to be aware of.
Jesus said, "Those who seek should not stop seeking until they find. When they find, they will be disturbed. When they are disturbed, they will marvel, and will reign over all. - Gospel of Thomas, Saying 2
This is the covenant I will establish with the people of Israel after that time, declares the Lord. I will put my laws in their minds and write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people. No longer will they teach their neighbor, or say to one another, ‘Know the Lord,’ because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest. For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.” -Hebrew 8:10-12
Jesus also made clear what will follow once He was gone. He did not say we will have a neat and complete written 'Word of God' - but that we will need to Holy Spirit to remind us of His teachings.
But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. - John 14:26
The Bible says Jesus (and His teachings) are the Word of God (John 1).
The Bible as a whole is never referred to as the Word of God - because the books in the Bible were only chosen 2 to 3 centuries after Jesus gave us the Good News. Mostly when the Bible is referring to the 'Word of God', the writer was referring to the teachings of Jesus. I will be writing a separate article where we will be looking at each of the verses people use to defend the idea that the Bible is the inerrant, infallible Word of God.
No longer will they teach their neighbor, or say to one another, ‘Know the Lord,’ because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest. - Hebrew 8:11
Now that is a problem! How Christians like to tell other people what to do. How will they be able to tell others how wrong they are if they don't have God's words written down on paper?
Religion gives you the power to control people. Constantine knew this. He saw that this movement that Jesus started had great potential, but there was a problem. It was a spiritual movement - not a religion.
There was no official leadership or doctrine with many different factions. How do you control people with that? So he started a process where the Christian religion was started and the books in the Bible that we have today were chosen and declared as 'God's Word'.
Constantine chose Christianity as the official religion of Rome. Pagan priests had to convert to Christianity in order to keep their positions. They converted to Christianity for the wrong reasons and were appointed in powerful positions in this new church. These people were part of the process that later decided what books should be included in the bible.
They (the early Church) needed to create the Bible as the 'Word of God' because they needed written doctrine in order to have a religion that can be used to control the masses. They not only left out books that was against organized religion, they destroyed all the copies of those books they could find.
Not only did they decide what books should be in the Bible, they added the lie that every single verse in those books is the 'Word of God'. They also added letters that were not seen as 'God's Word' by the authors or the people at the time, as 'God's Word'.
A religion needs rules - a list of things you should and shouldn't do. If your doctrine is based on scripture where each person is encouraged to look for the truth within those scriptures, not blindly just following every piece of scripture - then they (the religious) have a problem.
Without written scripture that is seen as the 'law of God' you can't have a religion that brings in trillions of dollars. People will decide if they should give money to the church or simply help those in need directly. They will decide if they need to listen to what the pastor says or even if it is necessary to go to a church meeting every Sunday.
No, that will not work (for them) - that will really be bad for business. The 'Church' needs a written law so that they can tell people what they need to do. Even if those very scriptures clearly state we should not have written laws.
It is (most) people that need and want us to have a written and complete Word of God - not God!
Not yet convinced? Of course not - but we are only getting started.
- Jesus did not believe every verse in the Bible is the Word of God.
- Paul's words are not God's words
- The problem with the Gospel of Matthew
- The problem with Luke-Acts