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I believe that the Scriptures are divinely inspired. I understand the problem with translations and translators interspersing their views/beliefs into their translation. However, I believe the claims the Bible makes of its divine, infallible inspiration. I believe that I have God's Word, communicated through man by the Holy Spirit and I rely on the Word as the authority, period. So, that may be simplistic, but it sure eliminates a lot of confusion and speculation and it also keeps me from crafting a god that conforms to my ideals.
I'm on serious narcotics right now for pain from back surgery, so I can't think really well or remember too much, forgive me for appearing dim witted and ineloquent! ;-) I enjoyed studying this topic, Inspiration and Preservation of the Holy Scriptures years ago and learned much. I do prefer the comfort of knowing that I have an authoritative resource, given to me by God and passed down through the centuries, that I can rely on, as dogmatic and archaic as that may be.
If it is an unreliable mess of myths, errors and opinions, it is really a shame that so many people through the ages died horrible deaths and suffered so that we might have it today. And even today, people are risking life and limb to get this book in countries where it is against the law to have it.
God is righteous and He has said that He IS a jealous God. A righteous God is one who will judge sin and meet out punishment for it. We would expect no less of Him or we would condemn Him for being unfair. Thankfully, He offers Grace to those who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ so that we do not have to pay the penalty for our sins. People in the mainstream like to believe that God is "love" and tend to forget that He is also righteous and must deal with sin and rebellion, which is at the root of sin. I think there is a verse that says that it is a "fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God". I believe it and the evidence is in His book.
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