Is The Bible Perfect?
ChristiaNet.com, a large Christian portal with eight million monthly page loads, recently asked, "Is the Bible perfect?" Bill Cooper, president of ChristiaNet said "The majority of Christian participants believe the Bible is perfect."
With nearly 1,400 Christians responding to the survey, an overwhelming 86% said that they believe the Bible is perfect. One responder cited 2 Timothy 3:16-17: "All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works." Most in this group believe the Bible to be perfect because God is its author and He inspired the original writers through the Holy Spirit. "Of course it's perfect, because the Bible is the inspired Word of God, and God doesn't make mistakes." "It is the inspired Word of God written by men guided by the Holy Spirit." Some used more scientific reasoning to prove the accuracy of the Bible. "Archeology and history continue to produce findings that confirm and support the Bible."
Eleven percent of Christians polled felt the Bible is not perfect. This group was more concerned with the different translations and man's interpretation of the Bible; however, most agreed that God's Word was perfect. "No, because it was compiled by people and contains some translation and compilation errors; however, the inspired Word of God is perfect." Another respondent stated, "God's Word is perfect, man's interpretation of God's Word is not perfect." While others attempted to justify their position with logic, "It was written, translated and retranslated by man. Man is imperfect, ergo, the bible is imperfect."
Three percent of Christians said that they were unsure about whether or not the Bible is perfect. The main reason for being unsure was the contrast of God being perfect and man being imperfect. As one responder summed it up, "The Word of God is perfect because God is perfect! The men translating Bibles are not inspired through the Holy Spirit as the original writers; therefore, imperfections have crept in over time."
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