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INFALLIBLE BIBLE
Christianity Oasis Ministry has provided you with this Infallible Bible study on the Infallible Bible concept which looks at the
Infallible Bible message and asks what does Infallible Bible mean, what is the Infallible Bible truth, why is the Infallible Bible issue important, what is the Infallible Bible message and how does the Infallible Bible truth affect you. This Infallible Bible study looks at the Infallible Bible debate and Infallible Bible suggestion that the Infallible Bible is perfect. This Infallible Bible study looks at how important it seems to most Christians to believe that the Infallible Bible is true. Is the Infallible Bible concept true? Let us seek and find the truth within the Bible of the Infallible Bible truth with Infallible Bible message together in this Infallible Bible study, shall we?


INFALLIBLE BIBLE STUDY


I WANT TO BEGIN BY SAYING THAT I LIVE BY THE WORD OF GOD AND I BELIEVE THAT THE BIBLE IS THE WORD OF GOD ... SO WHAT I WILL BE SHARING IS NOT INTENDED TO DO ANYTHING BUT PROVIDE YOU WITH TRUTH.

 

Then why even have this Infallible Bible study?

INFALLIBLE BIBLE ... WHAT DOES INFALLIBLE BIBLE MEAN?

IS THE BIBLE INFALLIBLE?

I share this Infallible Bible TRUTH ... Because those of us who have studied scripture know that while reading the Bible, we find something that is not in harmony with something else that we read in the Bible.

Think about it for a second ... Have you ever been reading your Bible, and found that something didn’t exactly agree with something else that you remembered reading.

You scratch your head and ponder on it for a moment and then you start feeling guilty for doubting God’s Word, so you put it out of your mind. (Actually, you put it DEEP into your mind, but out of your conscious thoughts.) That little seed of doubt starts growing, and you never know what it can cause.

My friend ... God cannot lie.

Hebrews 6:18
That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us ...

 God cannot contradict Himself.

God cannot be wrong.

God is perfect.

INFALLIBLE BIBLE TRUTH ON INFALLIBLE BIBLE FACTS WITH INFALLIBLE BIBLE MESSAGE

I share this TRUTH ... Because we, as Christians, do not want to establish a habit of closing our eyes, ears, mind and heart every time we see one of those lil contradictions and/or potential errors we discover in the Bible, because we fear our Faith is so fragile that we cannot check the fruits and prove all things as we were taught to do for fear that something like this could affect our Faith.

1 Thessalonians 5:21
Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.

 

Luke 6:44
For every tree is known by his own fruit.

I share this TRUTH ... Because there are atheists out there who are going around using Bible Scripture to prove the Bible being infallible theory as ... INCORRECT. 

They use TRUTH against new and unlearned Christians by showing many scriptures that completely contradict other scriptures.

I share this TRUTH ... Because the issue is bound to come up some day, whether it be while you are alone one day reading your Bible or in a group discussion, or worse ...

Wouldn’t you rather learn the TRUTH from a friend, rather than be surprised or even shocked at the TRUTH later when you in a group discussion or even worse when you are alone with only the enemy of our souls sitting there next to you whispering in your ear these thoughts of doubt?

I share this TRUTH ... Because if I do so, you can tell others the TRUTH, and PROVE it so that they do not fall into this trap of the mind and heart set up by our adversary.

So, let's get after it ...

What does infallible mean?

IT MEANS ... INCAPABLE OF ERROR.

Is the Word of God ...
As GOD gave it to the authors of The Holy Bible, without question, 100% infallible?

ABSOLUTELY !!! 

The Word of God is infallible.

  BUT ...

To err is human 

INFALLIBLE BIBLE WARNING ON INFALLIBLE BIBLE DANGERS WITH INFALLIBLE BIBLE FACTS.

So where do people get the idea that
the Bible was infallible anyway?

It is because of something the Apostle Paul wrote ...

2 Timothy 3:16
All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness ...   

And yet in his letters to the Corinthians, concerning specific matters, Paul makes it clear that he is giving his own opinion and not the commandment of the Lord.

1 Corinthians 7:6
But I speak this by permission, and
not of commandment.

 

1 Corinthains 7:25
Now concerning virgins I have no commandment of the Lord: yet I give
MY judgment, as one that hath obtained mercy of the Lord to be faithful.

 

2 Corinthians 8:8
I speak NOT by commandment, but by occasion of the forwardness of others, and to prove the sincerity of your love.

QUESTION ...

Does Paul, saying that the words that he shared are HIS OWN opinions
and NOT the Word of God, not reveal that it is NOT God's Word, but rather Paul's?
 

The Word of God is infallible.

  BUT ...

To err is human 

Ponder on this TRUTH ...


It was various humans that wrote and translated the Bible many times into various languages.

Obviously, these translations were performed by men and women other than the original authors.

So, who were these translators then?

Were they all prophets of God?

Were their native tongues Hebrew or Greek?

Did they make an A+ on their Language translation course?

The Word of God is infallible.

But, my friend ... HUMANS cannot translate infallibly.


 

TRANSLATION

I’d like to give you some examples to consider for yourself.

Every language has words, and phrases that simply lose something in the translation from one language to another.

You may write, for instance, “The Bible is a really cool book,”

But in Swahili, there may not be a word for “cool” as you meant it, so whoever translates your writing for the people in the Congo may “revise” your words to read,

“The Bible is a really cold book.”

Now the word “cold” has several different meanings:

low in temperature

uninteresting

unemotional

depressing

insulting

cheerless

dead

This means that another translator could say ...

The Bible is a really dead book.

You can see how the misinterpretation of one single word, changed your good intention to be just the opposite of what you meant.
 

DIALECT

AND ... What about dialects?

Dialects are different expressions (like slang) used for the same word or phrase, within the same language. For instance, the word “cool” has many other slang relatives, like: hip, far out, happenin’, bad, tubular, radical, neat, awesome, excellent, heavy, and the list goes on!

Now consider this.

Does the manner of speaking in any given language change from generation to generation?

For example, some young people in this generation uses the word "BAD" to mean something GOOD.

Would your great, great-grandparent understand what someone of today's generation meant if they heard them say ...

The Bible is a really “bad” book?

 

MODERNIZED AND REVISED

With all that on a back burner ...

Now, let us look at another aspect, shall we?

When were the books of Moses (Genesis through Deuteronomy) written?

Well, Moses lived more than 1500 years BEFORE JESUS, so that’s at least 3500 years ago. How many generations would you say that is?

Do you suppose that Bible translations, not only from one language to another, but from one generation to another over the last 3500 years have kept the original Word of God ...

Word for Word, intact?

There are many different “versions” of the Bible around today.

One of the oldest translations is the King James Version, originally published in 1611, so you’ll find that it is written with the distinct Medieval language of that time.

But, there are also Bible translations which instead of striving to translate as closely as possible to the original Hebrew and Greek languages, cater to the more modern English language.

I’ve seen some “scriptures” from some of these versions that are very eyebrow lifting.

Let me state clearly yet again that man, who is not perfect, has decided in many cases and in their own discretion while translating, what the Ancients and the Prophets and the Apostles INTENDED to state in specific passages in THEIR own language and that there are some things in the Bible that aren’t a perfect translation of the messages that God gave.

These various Bible translations use the word ... REVISED

The word "revised" means to correct and/or improve. 

Yet,, the Word of God doesn’t need any correction or improvement.

It’s impossible to ever correct or improve anything about God.

So, why did the translators find it necessary to write the word "revised"?

It is because, in translation, there is always some meaning that is lost or is simply impossible to duplicate from one language to another.

Now, we are certainly going to assume that these translators did the very best that they could and for the most part ...

Have accurately translated the Bible.

However ...

The Word of God is infallible.

  BUT ...

To err is human 

But it’s the WORD OF GOD!
He meant it to be PERFECT! 
 

There is even an ominous warning to people about changing the Words in the Book of Revelation.

Revelation 22:18-19
For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.

Ya know ... God certainly intended for Adam and Eve to be perfect.

In fact, men were created with the intent that they should CHOOSE to continue on the pure and righteous path.

Death, which destroys everything, could not have taken hold of them, but then … they CHOSE to sin.

Ladies and Gents ...

You don’t have to defend God’s perfection.

God is PERFECT.

Matthew 5:48
Be ye therefore perfect, even as
your Father which is in Heaven is perfect. 

GOD IS PERFECT

BUT ... Humans are NOT

 

WORD OF MOUTH

Ever played the game or been involved in gossip where someone whispers something to someone, and they whisper it to the next person, and it’s whispered from one person to the next all the way to where it comes back to you?

By the time it reaches you, the story has changed considerably.

You know exactly what I’m talking about, don’t you?

This Word of mouth method was how the Word of God was spread.

From one HUMAN person to another to another HUMAN person.

The story may have changed a lil as the story was repeated.

Some things were left out, some things changed a lil and maybe some was even added.
 

LOOK AT THE GOSPELS
 
Four accounts of the life, death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.

You must keep in mind while reading the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John that there are four different people telling the stories of Jesus from THEIR own point of view. As you can imagine, when any story is shared with others, by different people, as it was with these four people, the story is the same as a whole, but is shared from different viewpoints and certain things that touched one may not have been mentioned by the other.

Not to mention that two of these individuals were not actually there for much of it (Mark and Luke) but these two were told of the events BY OTHERS and they shared it with us second hand, so to speak. Matthew and John were both there with Jesus, but are two different manner of souls. Matthew was a tax collector before Jesus chose him as an Apostle, so you can imagine his account would be very detailed and by the book. John on the other hand was a spiritual soul and was known as the beloved. This gives us the impression that he was gentle and emotional. He was younger and seemed more passionate about sharing the LOVING aspect of Jesus with us.

 

DIFFERENCES AND CONTRADICTIONS

Now, the Word of God is infallible, as I have shared, which means it is incapable of error, so if we find even one discrepancy in the Bible, that would mean ...

The PHYSICAL Bible itself is NOT infallible, due to the various reasons which we have explored thus far.

Let's do a lil math ...

Get out a pencil and paper, and compare the bloodline of Jesus according to Matthew:
 

To the Bloodline according to Luke:
 

Notice anything interesting?

This isn’t just a matter of misspelled names, there seems to be quite a difference from one account to the other.

QUICK NOTE

Speaking of misspelled names ...

But I’ve even seen our Lord’s translated name misspelled in some Bibles.

No kidding.

It was spelled ... Jebus and Jeus.

I guess the translators of that one needed to get it to press in a hurry so they could collect their $13.99 a copy.

INFALLIBLE BIBLE DIFFERENCES AND INFALLIBLE BIBLE CONTRADICTIONS

BACK TO DIFFERENCES AND CONTRADICTIONS

Jesus shared a statement during His Sermon on the Mount which was interpreted differently by two different Gospel writers.


Luke 6:20

Blessed be ye poor: for yours is the kingdom of God.
 

Matthew 5:3
Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of God.
 

The difference is those who have no money or those who have no spirit.

Was the words "in spirit" added or forgotten?

NO BIG DEAL THOUGH ... HUH?

How about this one ...

What became of Judas and the 30 pieces of silver?


MATTHEW SAYS ...

Matthew 27:5-7
And
he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and went and hanged himself. And the chief priests took the silver pieces, and said, It is not lawful for to put them into the treasury, because it is the price of blood. And they took counsel, and bought with them the potter's field, to bury strangers in.

 

BUT, PETER SAYS ...

Acts 1:15-19
And in those days Peter stood up in the midst of the disciples, and said
concerning Judas ... He was numbered with us, and had obtained part of this ministry. Now this man purchased a field with the reward of iniquity; (30 PIECES OF SILVER) and falling headlong, he burst asunder in the midst, and all his bowels gushed out. And it was known unto all the dwellers at Jerusalem; insomuch as that field is called in their proper tongue, Aceldama, that is to say, The field of blood.

 

QUESTIONS
Did Judas cast the money down in the Temple or did he purchase a field?
Did Judas purchase the field or did the Religious leaders?
Did Judas hang himself or fall and burst open and his bowls gushed out?

 

IMMEDIATELY WE SEEK TO PROVE THE BIBLE CORRECT.

 

POSSIBLE ANSWERS

Maybe Judas DID cast the money down and the statement of Peter this man purchased a field with the reward of iniquity; does not mean that Judas purchased the field but "some man" purchased the field which is in harmony with what Matthew said ... And they took counsel, and bought with them the potter's field, to bury strangers in.


It is possible that falling headlong, he burst asunder in the midst, and all his bowels gushed out could very well describe the RESULTS of being hung. Falling headlong could mean he hung himself and he burst asunder in the midst, and all his bowels gushed out could mean that he defecated on himself which is a common occurrence when you are hung.

 

YEAH, THAT can be explained away pretty easy.

What about at the tomb of Jesus ...


Matthew 28:1-7
In the end of the Sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre
. And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the Angel of
the Lord descended from Heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it. His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow: And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men. And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. He is not here: for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. And go quickly, and tell His disciples that He is risen from the dead; and, behold, He goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see Him: lo, I have told you.

 

Mark 16:5-7
And when the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James,
and Salome, had bought sweet spices, that they might come and anoint Him. And very early in the morning the first day of the week, they came unto the sepulchre at the rising of the sun. And they said among themselves, Who shall roll us away the stone from the door of the sepulchre? And when they looked, they saw that the stone was rolled away: for it was very great. And entering into the sepulchre, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, clothed in a long white garment; and they were affrighted. And he saith unto them, Be not affrighted: Ye seek Jesus of Nazareth, which was crucified: He is risen; He is not here: behold the place where they laid Him. But go your way, tell His disciples and Peter that He goeth before you into Galilee: there shall ye see Him, as He said unto you.


 

Luke 24:4-7
Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulchre, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them. And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre. And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus. And it came to pass, as they were much perplexed thereabout, behold,
two men stood by them in shining garments: And as they were afraid, and bowed down their faces to the earth, they said unto them, Why seek ye the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen: remember how He spake unto you when He was yet in Galilee, Saying, The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.

 

John 20:11-13
The first day of the week cometh Mary Magdalene early, when it was yet dark, unto the sepulchre, and seeth the stone taken away from the sepulchre. Then she runneth, and cometh to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and saith unto them, They have taken away the LORD out of the sepulchre, and we know not where they have laid Him. Peter therefore went forth, and that other disciple, and came to the sepulchre. So they ran both together: and the other disciple did outrun Peter, and came first to the sepulchre. And he stooping down, and looking in, saw the linen clothes lying; yet went he not in. Then cometh Simon Peter following him, and went into the sepulchre, and seeth the linen clothes lie, And the napkin, that was about His head, not lying with the linen clothes, but wrapped together in a place by itself. Then went in also that other disciple, which came first to the sepulchre, and he saw, and believed. For as yet they knew not the scripture, that He must rise again from the dead. Then the disciples went away again unto their own home. But Mary stood without at the sepulchre weeping: and as she wept, she stooped down, and looked into the sepulchre, And seeth two angels in white sitting, the one at the head, and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain. And they say unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? She saith unto them, Because they have taken away my LORD, and I know not where they have laid Him. And when she had thus said, she turned herself back, and saw Jesus standing, and knew not that it was Jesus. Jesus saith unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? whom seekest thou? She, supposing Him to be the gardener, saith unto him, Sir, if thou have borne Him hence, tell me where thou hast laid Him, and I will take Him away. Jesus saith unto her, Mary. She turned herself, and saith unto Him, Rabboni; which is to say, Master. Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God.

 

QUESTIONS

Was Salome there or not?
Was there and earthquake or not?
Did they enter the tomb or not?
Was it the Lord or an angel?
Were there one or two angels?
What did he or they actually tell the women?

Did God have a difference of opinion or did man?

 

ANSWER

We could try and explain away each difference but the TRUTH is ...

It was simply four versions of the same story repeated many times before it was written by four different men that were NOT there.
 

  When was Jesus crucified?



Mark 15:25
And it was the third hour, and they crucified Him.
 

John 19:14-17
And it was the preparation of the Passover, and about the
sixth hour: and he saith unto the Jews, Behold your King! But they cried out, Away with Him, away with Him, crucify Him. Pilate saith unto them, Shall I crucify your King? The chief priests answered, We have no king but Caesar. Then delivered he Him therefore unto them to be crucified. And they took Jesus, and led Him away. And He bearing His Cross went forth into a place called the place of a skull, which is called in the Hebrew Golgotha:

 

 QUESTION

Was it the 3rd or 6th hour that Jesus was Crucified?

 

ANSWER

It matters lil at WHAT hour He was crucified, but rather ...
WHAT He died for.
OUR SINS
 

 

The Word of God is infallible.

  BUT ...

To err is human 

 

I could go on and on as there are MANY of these lil differences and contradictions ...

But, that is NOT the purpose of this study.

I have only used scripture that could be explained away as I seek not to cause doubt, but rather seek to make you aware of the TRUTH. 

There are those who have created websites WITH THE INTENT of pointing out the errors in the Bible. Many are Christian organizations. Others have a more sinister intent. IF you would like to further explore this topic as to be prepared for the enemy and those he will send to try and disprove the Word of God and deem it ALL as a lie, you can type in "Bible Contradictions" in your search browser.

However ... The lil errors made by man OVER THE MILLENNIUMS that are being pointing out on these various websites are as NOTHING compared to the EVIDENCE of fulfilled prophecy.

 

MAKE NO MISTAKE

I SEEK NOT TO PROVE THE BIBLE AS BEING UNTRUE AS I LIVE BY THE WORD OF GOD WHICH IS WITHIN THE BIBLE.

BUT ... THERE ARE WHAT APPEAR TO BE CONTRADICTIONS WITHIN.

I have researched this completely using and comparing ancient and modern day scripture and have found that there are NO contradictions that actually affect the overall TRUTH.

In particular the King James version. I have found it to be the closest version of the original TRUTH. I mean think about it ... Any copy of an original loses something in the transfer.

My friend, if you had the original tables of stone that Moses brought down from the Mountain of God with the laws written on them, you could say that those are infallible.

If you had the original scrolls and letters that make up the rest of the Holy Bible in front of you, I’d have to say, they are as close to infallible as you can get, but mankind wrote them, second hand from God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit, so the human element alone, gives them fallibility.

Imagine with all of these new translations of the Bible by those seeking to make a dollar.

Have you ever written anything (or typed anything) as long as a book of the Bible?

Probably not.

But what about just short letters to friends?

How many mistakes did you make?

Even though you checked lie three times.

I will tell you the TRUTH ... Even when you feel inspired by the Holy Spirit and you’re writing, or typing, you still make errors. Reason is simple ... Man is not only capable of errors but oft times prone to it ... I am certain I may have made typos and/or grammar errors sharing this TRUTH with you today, but it does not take from the SPIRIT of the TRUTH.


Please don’t misunderstand.

I’m not denying the Divine Inspiration of the Bible or the translators of it. It is, the only account that we have of God’s Word. I know how badly you want it to be infallible and it may be irritating to some that it’s not perfect, especially for those of us who strive for perfection in serving God, but we must remember it’s the Spirit of the Word, not the letter, that counts.

Romans 7:6
But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter.

 2 Corinthians 3:6
Who also hath made us able ministers of the New Testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.

One more thing which I believe John sums up well:

John 21:25
And there are also MANY other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen.
 

So, when you’re reading through the Bible, and you come across something that seems contrary to something else you’ve read, or someone approaches you with such "evidence" ...

You can now tell yourself the TRUTH as to why there may be a lil difference or contradiction in the Bible.

Different authors, different opinions, different languages, different translators, different generations, different versions ...

Whew!

Or when someone challenges your Christianity with one of satan’s favorites:

The Bible ain’t perfect, y’know!

You can look them square in the eye, and confidently say:

It MAY NOT BE!

But the Word of God is!!!

You can react without fear now and know in your mind and heart that this TRUTH does NOT dispute the TRUTH that God is PERFECT and God's Word is PERFECT ... But rather simply explains this TRUTH ...

To err is HUMAN

THE INFALLIBLE BIBLE TRUTH OF THE INFALLIBLE BIBLE FACTS IS

THE WORD OF GOD IS INFALLIBLE

(MAN IS NOT)

 

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