Yea! for creativity.
But for a board that constantly whacks Bible-believers with demands that they prove themselves for still believing in the Scriptures or God once they’ve left the Watchtower—regardless of how creative Billy has been in his response, it doesn’t float.
“This book is without error.” First of all I don’t remember ever reading that in any text of Scripture.
Did you belong to a religion that taught you that it had to be in order to be true? Don’t blame the book. It still doesn’t say that anywhere.
A lot of things aren’t perfect but still worthy of trust and belief. My parents, old folks that they are—and forgetful a lot more these days—they ain’t the most perfect people on the planet. They’re filled with errors. It doesn’t mean you can’t trust them or they aren't honest.
How many folks on this board walk on water? Not many, I’m sure. We’re not perfect either. Does this mean that for all our errors and inconsistencies people shouldn’t believe us or trust us? If that is how we’re supposed to judge matters, then not a thing on this board is worth the time reading…
I mean, how can any of what we’ve written be right if we like all other people are filled withn inconsistancies and errors?
Now don’t mistake what I’m saying as “poo-poo on you for not believing in the Bible.” There are plenty of other reasons I am sure not to believe in the Bible or some other holy book of your choosing. It doesn’t make you a moron for not believing, but it doesn’t mark you as a genius either. Our IQ scores don’t rise if today we believe in the Bible and tomorrow we don’t.
If that was true, I would have kicked the Bible out before my last WASI. Would have improved things a lot.
Non-Witness Bible scholars teach that the Bible is not meant to be taken as historically literal. This is not a new invention either as if it were a loophole to cover over something just discovered. This is a very ancient understanding. Scholars have taught for ages that the Bible is not a book of facts, but rather it is a book of truths.
You can use all sorts of made up things to illustrate a fact, right? Just because the illustration is something imagined doesn’t mean the illustration can’t teach something that is real.
Aesop used talking animals to teach moral truths. The morals aren’t any more or less true if the animals are people and the fables are historical because the details don’t matter. It’s what’s in the pudding that makes it taste good, not the name on the box.
Inerrancy is in the eye of the beholder, and that's the problem. It's not one of the promises of the Bible.