Science and the Bible, any fool can plainly see,
Are always in agreement, save for when they disagree.
There are, rarely, those occasions when they don’t see eye to eye—
Such that one must be a metaphor, or parable, or lie,
Or a plain misunderstanding of the meaning of God’s Word;
Cos to think that it’s inaccurate, of course, would be absurd.
The Bible is inerrant; every word of it is true,
Any misinterpretation is the fault of me and you
It’s a perfect single textbook, and the only one on earth,
It’s the story of our planet, and it really shows its worth
On those very rare occasions when the two don’t get along
You can bet your bottom dollar, it’s reality that’s wrong.
Context and amusing stuff, after the jump:
So over on CNN’s Belief Blog John Shelby Spong has written a very odd article. He discusses what he calls “the 3 biggest biblical misconceptions”–namely, that the bible is historically accurate ” (That is absolutely not so, and every biblical scholar recognizes it.“), that the bible is in any literal sense “the word of God” (“Only someone who has never read the Bible could make such a claim.“), and that biblical truth is somehow static and thus unchanging. Oddly enough, this last bit is used to argue that the bible is worthwhile. The bible shows us a story that has changed over time, rather than being revealed, and this understanding (which the article points out challenges a popular misconception) redeems it?
So… I seriously don’t get it. The bible is inaccurate but is popularly claimed to be inerrant; it cannot possibly be the word of god, which it popularly is known to be; its writing shows how the story has changed, yet it popularly is seen as unchanging bedrock, and Spong wants to glean worthwhile lessons from it? This is Stone Soup, is it not? All the ingredients that redeem it are something other than what it claims to be.
Ah, but I have gotten off track. The real reason I wrote today’s verse is that the comments (as always with CNN’s belief blog, there are thousands. Some day I want to do a content analysis and see what percentage are by atheists.) are, as always, worth the price of admission:
I am Ordained and have a degree in Biblical Studies from Carolina University of Theology. The basics of what this guy says is true, his OPINIONS on the other hand are in my estimation – GARBAGE. They are TYPICAL of what a SECULAR “news group” would put out about the Bible. Its easy to find ANY Tom, Dick or Harry who’s on the far LEFT that has “HIS OWN” interpretation of the scriptures and biblical history.
Whether it was 15 generations or 45 generations – the Bible is the HOLY SPIRIT INSPIRED WORD OF THE LIVING GOD…without error.. this clown Spong will REGRET his statements when he’s standing before the King of Kings ATTEMPTING to excuse his STUPIDITY..
The author is wrong or inaccurate on almost every point.
The bible is the most accurate written account of history in existence and he dismisses that it isn’t written by man but by God. It’s an extraterrestrial message http://www.khouse.org/6640/BP041/ with provable authority
If this apostate even believed in the concept of a God, he would be misrepresenting him. The Bible claims to be inspired of God, And by nature God forgets nothing, So God had the Bible written down at his own time, and doesant approve of the gay lifestyle. Id have to say its HIS business. This man is a good example of what fake christians will get you, the nice broad and easy road leading “off into destruction”. My eyes are insulted for reading this mans slander of the Bible.Page887.
and the ever popular
Any way, all you folks have fun agreeing with one another that God is a fantasy. I have to go now, have a business to run in the am and kids that want to play another game tonight. I only wish I could be at every one of your death beds when that time comes, to hear you scream for forgiveness from the very person and God you have denied for so long. you know you will, you aint even gonna take the chance, when you know you are dieing, that he may not exist. you are going to cover your a ss es like stink on sh@@. Ha HA HA HA.. night night.
I dunno… If, as Spong suggests, there is something worth keeping in the bible, the people who claim to live by the bible seem to be missing that something.