Is the Bible the inerrant word of God?
~ 2 Timothy 3:16-17 (21st Century King James Version)
I know a lot of Christians take this and other Bible verses to mean that there are no errors in the Bible, since it is the word of God.
But in many respects, it seems the Bible only has “no errors” when compared to the knowledge of the men who wrote it. We’ve discovered a lot more about the world and the universe since those times, some of which shows that the Bible is wrong. For instance:
• The Bible contains a worldview which is clearly that of a flat earth (eg: Isaiah 11:12 , Isaiah 44:24 ), and a luminous moon (Gen 1:16), in a geocentric universe (eg: Joshua 10:12-13, Ps. 93:1, 1 Chron. 16:30), along with Mesopotamian astronomy of the period. We now know the Earth is an oblate spheroid, the moon is not luminous, the Earth-Moon system orbits a heliocentric solar system, and the centre of the universe cannot be uniquely determined.
• The Bible describes of the origins of Earth’s organisms in Genesis 1 and 2 – accounts which read like wildly inaccurate guesswork, when compared to what we now know about the deep time of geology and palaeontology, and about the evolution of life forms over billions of years; eg – see:
• The Bible proscribes intercropping (Lev. 19:19, Deut 22:9), a practice often associated with contemporary sustainable agriculture and organic farming in modern agricultural science.
In addition, the Bible seems to be very self-contradictory indeed; eg – here’s a compilation of 1,545 self-contradictory Bible verses:
So if the Bible is the inerrant word of God, how come it contains soooo many errors?