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3.18.2005    |    On Meetings and Inerrancy
Biblical inerrancy is a tricky subject, and is often used by secularists as a way of showing believers to be a bunch of knuckle-dragging troglodytes. Mostly this is because most of us don't really understand what the term "inerrancy" means. By the way, in my festering youth, before I was born again, I used to be among those who would scoff at the Baptists (now I are one) and others who would speak of the inerrant word of God. Because I did not understand it. Now, I think I have a better grasp of the concept...I think.

First, a quick extract from the Chicago (Reformed) Statement on Inerrancy: Scripture is "without error or fault in all its teaching." Note: not in every single word, taken literally. Rather, in all its teaching. God's truth is revealed in Scripture, and the form of the words, as translated by imperfect humans, should not all be taken out of context.

In other words, Scripture is not necessarily literally true in every statement. God's truth remains, sometimes hard for us to discern, but usually not. As for the literal part, consider meetings that you and I have to attend as part of our working lives. At least I know I used to have far too many of them.

Staff meetings used to last "an hour." At least that was the published time. By my watch, they sometimes lasted 61 minutes, sometimes 59 minutes, sometimes 59 minutes 30 seconds (when I was especially bored and played with my chronograph). So, the published statement that the meeting lasted "an hour" is not the literal truth. An hour being 60 minutes and 0 seconds. On the other hand, in the real world, "an hour" conveys exactly the right amount of information. Sometimes a little more, sometimes a little less. The truth was that "an hour" would be taken from our lives in those silly meetings, never to be given back.

That's the difference I see when I read Scripture and find something that is hard to translate into concrete, precise terms in the here and now. The truth remains. God's truth. And God doesn't require staff meetings.


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Welcome. My name is John Luke Rich, (very) struggling Christian. The focus here is Christianity in its many varieties, its fussing and feuding, how it impacts our lives and our society, with detours to consider it with other faiths (or lack thereof).

Call this blog my way of evangelizing on the internet.

Putting it differently, we're only here on this earth a short time. It's the rest of eternity that we should be most concerned about. Call it the care and feeding of our souls.

I was born Jewish, and born again in Christ Jesus over thirty years ago. First as a Roman Catholic; now a Calvinist by persuasion and a Baptist by denomination. But I'm hardly a poster boy for doctrinal rigidity.

I believe that Scripture is the rock on which all Christian churches must stand -- or sink if they are not so grounded. I believe that we are saved by faith, but hardly in a vacuum. That faith is a gift from God, through no agency on our part -- although we sometimes turn a deaf ear and choose to ignore God's knocking on the door.

To be Christian is to evangelize. Those who think it not their part to evangelize perhaps haven't truly understood what our Lord told us in Matthew 28. We must preach the Gospel as best we are able. Using words if necessary.

Though my faith waxes and wanes, it never seems to go away. Sometimes I wish it would, to give me some peace of mind. But then, Jesus never said that walking with Him was going to be easy...

Final note: I also blog as Jack Rich on cultural, political and other things over at Wrong Side of the Tracks

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