Read the Bible with an Open Mind and an Open Heart

The Bible is not inerrant. The Bible was written by people who had different upbringing, different backgrounds, different life experiences, different perspectives, different agendas, and different target audiences. In other words, the Bible was written by people who might not have been as objective as they should have been.

There are many errors in the Bible, some due to incorrect translations (intentional or unintentional), some due to incorrect interpretations, some due to incorrect recollection of events. Can you recall what someone said or what happened two days ago, not to mention fifty years ago? Some additional errors are due to insertions made to substantiate Church doctrines.

Many Christians believe that the Bible was inspired by God because of 2 Timothy 3:16, which states:

All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.

However, “inspired by God” does not mean “written by God.” Therefore the Bible is bound to have errors, but it doesn’t mean that the Bible is not to be trusted.

Because of the different types of errors mentioned above, we should read the Bible with an open mind and an open heart. Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. We should always ask for Yeshua’s guidance when reading the Bible.

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