Evangelical Christians tend towards a position of inerrancy. Usually, this means that the Bible is without error. For the somewhat more sophisticated Christian, this means that the original documents are without error, but mutations/scribal errors, etc. made their way into the text over the thousands of years of their existence (see the Chicago Statement). The last qualification is made because there are indeed mistakes in the Bible you hold in your hand (yes, even the 1611 AV has mistakes), and so they apparently want to preserve some semblance of absolute truth in the originals.

But why?

The way I see it, whether the originals were inerrant or not, the texts we have now are not inerrant. We still have to test the the contents of the Bible we have whether it was originally inerrant or it was not.

I think inerrancy is an unfortunate burden for Christians to shoulder. Imagine how many trees would be saved if Christianity just stopped trying to mesh the Genesis story with modern science (that whole plants before the sun thing is pretty wicked), and just admitted that it is a myth? Does that mean that Jesus all of the sudden becomes Satan? Does that mean that the entire Bible gets thrown out, because of making mistakes? Wouldn’t have to be. I’ll be honest here, my parents have been wrong about things. Does that mean that everything they say is automatically worthless/false? Of course not. All it means is that you take things with a bit of salt and do your best to objectively test things out.

The equation of Inerrancy to Christianity is an unfortunate substitution, and I pretty much guarantee that the “silly stories” of the Bible are only harmful to one’s faith if just assumed into the storage banks of memory without discretion. Hopefully this is yet another thing Christianity progresses beyond.

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