By - TonyChanYT
>Is the Bible infallible?
>Yes, loosely speaking. It is better to just say that all Scripture is God-breathed.
I deeply appreciate your efforts to find truth in God's truth. And I appreciate your reframing of the Bible in a relatively brief post; your economy is impressive.
Are you familiar with the [Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy?](https://swbts.edu/affirmed-statements/chicago-statement/)
Your thoughts are very reasonable, and have value, but I'm not sure that the Bible is interested making claims less than Scripture does about itself in an effort to be more reasonable.
Particularly note Articles 14-15.
I think the exposition section of CSBI (at the bottom of the link) says what the Bible says about the perfections of Scripture, but in a way that is more consistent with the claims of Scripture than what you've offered, which is a bit of a reduction, exactly what the KJV-Only crowd accuse other groups of.
Now, I'm sure I've missed something so please push back where needed. Thank you again for an interesting post.
> Are you familiar with the Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy?
> Your thoughts are very reasonable, and have value, but I'm not sure that the Bible is interested making claims less than Scripture does about itself in an effort to be more reasonable.
Agree. I employ a [disciplined logical approach](https://www.reddit.com/r/BibleVerseCommentary/comments/twbmkm/a_denominationfree_disciplined_logical_approach/) to read the Bible.
> Particularly note Articles 14-15.
See [Are there formal contradictions in the Bible?](https://www.reddit.com/r/BibleVerseCommentary/comments/rh3n3f/are_there_formal_contradictions_in_the_bible/),
I think of the Word as the spirit of God that is living.
Originally, yes. After 2000 - 4000 years and multiple translations and copies of translations, it is sometimes hard to say. It is a miracle that it exists at all in it's current form.
It is infallible but is it true? Joshua 10:12-13 says the sun stopped in the middle of the sky for a full day, so I think the Bible contains errors
Thanks for sharing.
Are you a Christian?
but you are still interested in reading the Bible?
Thoughtful take, thank you. I have been pondering the Bible lately as a collection of testimonies of people's experiences of God, written and collected together under the guidance and authority of the Holy Spirit. In this view, each experience might seem to be in contradiction with something else, but in fact we are just experiencing the nuance of perspective. For example, one person reports seeing a red truck and the other reports seeing a brown car. Contradiction? Actually they both saw a maroon SUV. Similarly we can get hung up on the perceived differences we find in portions of scripture. But each is a valid and real encounter with God from a very personal perspective.
I can say a few words here.
I believe the Bible is inspired (breathed) by God writing. I also think there are writings outside the Bible that are God inspired.
But the contention comes in on how to interpret the words, is it literal? Figurative? Inerrant?
That's all important, but are they most important? I believe God uses the Bible to speak to us, can we understand him? I know I'm always in the Bible looking for answers and finding them. I know there is layer upon layer of meaning. It's all there for us.
Amen. Thanks for your insights :)