Shall We Say The Bible is Infallible?

I think all of us treasure the natural world – the trees and mountains and oceans and streams as God created them. They declare the glory of God. But when we start to praise nature itself rather than nature’s God, we are worshiping the creature rather than the Creator, and that is idolatry.

We also cherish the Bible, written by women and men who were moved by the very Spirit of God to write what they did (2 Timothy 3:16 and 2 Peter 1:21). We should study it, understand it, proclaim it, live by what God teaches us in it, but when we begin to claim the attributes of God for the book God created, we are as guilty of idolatry as pagans who worship trees and rocks and the moon and stars.

Ancient Egyptians and others may have worshiped the sun and moon, but Christians worship the God who created the sun and moon and hung them in the sky.

Similarly, there are those who consider their scriptures to be "God in print." Raising any question about their book is seen as blasphemy. But Christians do not worship the Bible; we worship its Author. God alone is omniscient and omnipotent. God alone is pure and infallible. To attribute those characteristics to the Bible is idolatry.

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