It is in the nature of some people, the "True Believers", as Eric Hoffer so clearly described them, to look for absolutes in stories and theories, rather than lessons to guide us and encourage us. It was only after the publication of the King James version of the Gospel, one of the greatest literary feats in history , that some people began to claim the Bible is "inerrant." St. Jerome, who compiled what we call the Bible in the fourth century, certainly never made that claim himself , or about himself. It leaves me scratching my head in n puzzlement to hear these true believers simultaneously claiming (1) the Bible is inerrant, and (2) you may (must?) "interpret" it for yourself ! I prefer to imagine it as the Divine inspiring us . To the "every word is TRUE" crowd" I say to myself,"There , but for the grace of God, goes God." I'm not the only one who pities the crowd that claims that Jesus the Christ was their idea.
· 10 years ago