=Faith1960;13508043]Can you please explain the difference between mistakes and error in the Bible? I assume you mean that not everything is 100% accurate. Am I correct?
I can but try:) & yes you are correct:)
I have often shared that the bible is always TRUE; but not always factual.
The Bible exist as expressed in 2nd. Timothy 3:16-17 "All scripture, inspired of God, [and] is profitable to teach, to reprove, to correct, to instruct in justice, That the man of God may be perfect, furnished to every good work.
Matthew 4:4"Who answered and said: It is written, Not in bread alone doth man live, but in every word that proceedeth from the mouth of God"
There is an unwritten Infallible rule for right understanding of the Bible; it is this.[caps for emphasis; not shouting here]
**Never-ever; Can, may or DOES
One verse, passage or teaching have the authority or the Power to
Invalidate, make void or override ANOTHER
Verse, passage or teaching
Were this even the slightest possibility[its NOT], it would render the entire bible as worthless to teach or learn god’s [only one] set of Faith beliefs.**
Perhaps the easiest way to answer your great question is to understand why the Bible exist.
The OT leads to the NT; which both contains the OT; fulfills it and even perfects it. That is why I pointed out that the Bible is not a history book in the identical sense of current history books.
There are going to be historical errors; but they do not encroach on Moral truths. The OT is now some 4,000 years old; and when it was assembled from OT Jewish books it covered a period of about 2,000 years. Add to this that the Jews were a Nomadic people; and the multiple destruction of the Jerusalem & and consequent captivity of the nation; then factor in the lack of literacy; and the shortage of writing materials; and it seems inevitable that their would be inconsistencies.
The OT Bible exist to relate the STORY of God choosing out of all the earth; just one Chosen people Exodus 6:7; who were surrounded by nothing but PAGANS. God had to ween them and introduce them to unheard of things. One God? Yes; One God! In charge of everything.
In the process God had to first teach them to trust Him explicitly & implicitly. This took a very long time and the “carrot & stick” kind of instruction. BUT God never deserted them; & God insisted that they in turn NEVER desert Him…
So the OT should be viewed as the relationship story of God and His P\Chosen People [singular].
The New Testament is the fulfillment of the Old. The entirety of the Bible is the recounting of God’s desire to be in a Personal relationship with humanity; and the ups and downs of that endeavor. God desires this FAR more than we do:)
The NT then in addition to completing the OT; aims to perfect the God-man relationship and to solidify it.
One needs to seem the MESSAGE of the Bible; the LESSONS of the bible and not at all be concerned with the relative inconsistencies. Making THIS our aim; our goal will aid greatly in further establishing our personal relationship with our God.
I do hope this helps you? If not let me know and I’ll try again. I’ll leave you with to very prudent teachings:
2nd. Peter 3: 14-17 “Therefore, beloved, since you wait for these, be zealous to be found by him without spot or blemish, and at peace. And count the forbearance of our Lord as salvation. So also our beloved brother Paul wrote to you according to the wisdom given him, speaking of this as he does in all his letters. There are some things in them hard to understand, which the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they do the other scriptures. You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, beware lest you be carried away with the error of lawless men and lose your own stability
2nd. Peter 1: 16-21 “You will do well to pay attention to this as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. First of all you must understand this, that no prophecy of scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation, because no prophecy ever came by the impulse of man, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.”
God Bless you,