De La Salle University Manila
1st Term, Academic Year 20142015
Inspiration and Inerrancy
June 9, 2014
What is the Bible aiming for?
“Make me know Your ways, O Lord; Teach me Your paths. Lead me in Your truth and teach me, For You are the God of my salvation; For You I wait all the day.” (Psalms 25:45) First and foremost, every Catholic and Christian has their own purpose in life, and it all consolidate in one goal which is to follow the path of God in the Kingdom of Heaven. However, majority of Catholics and Christians more often than not, are not able to read the Bible mostly because they do not have time for it. According to Walton and Strauss, “We read and study the Bible, but our effort often leaves us empty and yet mystified about how its power works in our lives” (Walton & Strauss, 2006). It is prevalent that most of the people overanalyse the Bible verses but eventually end up not knowing the sole purpose of the Bible itself. What is the Bible’s primary goal? As the world grows and technology is at its peak of advancement, majority of the population often forget the history and the movement of Jesus Christ’s teachings and miracles. It is said that the Bible’s aim is to relive the story of how God revealed himself in the person of Jesus Christ to men and women of faith, and how these followers of Jesus launched the greatest movement in human history (Walton & Strauss, 2006). With that said, Catholics and the entire world are reminded of how Jesus Christ saved us from sin through this Holy Book. In addition, God is able to establish a strong relationship with His creation as Catholics and Christians are reminded of His presence and His reconciliation.
Why are the Gospels different from one another?
The Bible consists of different texts, different eyewitness accounts of Jesus Christ, and is written in different points of view. The scriptures are not the same since the Bible is a collaborative effort that consolidated the book itself. According to Valantasis and Bleyle, “The
Gospels differ because they were written for different purposes, to different communities, under different historical and political circumstances, and with different theological and spiritual aims” (Valantasis & Beyle, 2009). Each Gospel caters to different issues and life lessons that the human being has to learn from. What makes the Bible special and informative is because it specializes to different scenarios and beliefs of their revelation about Jesus Christ.
The writers include
, but not
, details. Inspiration does not mean
the four gospels must be identical in every way. That would be quite boring to read four accounts tht are exactly the same. Each writer includes details he feels are necessary for the audience he is addressing. Matthew, writing to the Jews, must include all the Old Testament prophecies, while Mark, writing to the Greeks, does not include many prophecies but writes on the action of Jesus' life. Is that a contradiction? No, it's just that each writer included details he felt were necessary and left out others he felt would not be necessary for his audience. Alleged contradictions are explained when one studies the accounts and puts each event of Christ in its chronological order. For an example, Matthew ...
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