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André Gagné @profagagne
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1/ Then it's best for this kind of preaching to die. Which Bible is the "inspired, inerrant word of God"? The Bible as we know it today was collated from thousands of manuscripts (mss). Just for the New Testament, there are 25,000+ mss in various languages.
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2/ There are 8,000+ Greek mss of parts of the N.T. alone, and literally thousands of variants (differences) between all the N.T. mss that we've found; the estimate is that there are more variants between the mss of the N.T. than there are words in the N.T.
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3/ Evangelicals quote 2 Tim. 3:16 as proof-text: "All Scripture (is) inspired by God and useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness". The writer is NOT referring to the N.T.; there is no New Testament at that time.
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4/ The "Scripture" in 2 Tim. 3:16 is the Hebrew Bible (aka Old Testament). There is also another way to translate the text judging from the Greek: "All Scripture inspired by God (is) useful for teaching...". The implication: not all Scripture is inspired.
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5/ In Greek, "graphe" = "writing"; "Scripture" has an air of canonicity. I'm not saying people should stop reading the Bible; rather, they should be aware that they are not reading "THE" Bible, but "a" Bible, similar to a version read in 4th-5th century C.E.
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6/ People need to be cautious in how they interpret "biblical truths" for their everyday lives. "The" Bible is a culturally and historically situated collection of texts; evangelicals dangerously engage in a "fundamentalist cultural appropriation" of the Bible.
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7/ When reading "the" Bible, people must also learn to resist its seemingly "universal truths"; biblical writers were concerned with their own issues and beliefs, and lived according to their worldview, which are all far removed from our current realities.
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