9 thoughts on “Poll: The Bible

  1. Ok, I didn’t vote, but would have voted more on the lines of number 2. The way you phrased number one “word for word” is what got me. Yes there are cultural aspects, but even those cultural aspects have implications for us today- though not word for word but in theme and content.
    I just see it being a very slippery slope when we start to go down the road that it’s all up for interpretation and some is to be taken literally and other parts are for a different time and culture. God’s Word is timeless, just as He is timeless. There is meaning and application in every word for us today.
    That’s my story and I’m sticking to it 🙂

    • Haha! 😀 This is actually a national Gallup poll and the findings are pretty interesting. (I’ll list it below.) Word-for-word is what many Christians believe…easily found in the church and certain traditions. Thanks for sharing! (link)

      • I voted for number 2. I believe in each story and person as literal events, but I believe there are some verses that shouldn’t be taken literally. I think they were more cultural than anything else.

        An example of one is I Corinthians 14:34 that says women should remain quiet in the church. I Timothy 2:9 that says they should not wear gold jewelry or have nice hairstyles. There are scriptures like this that I think we’re more of a cultural thing and therefore shouldn’t be taken literally.

        I know that opens up a rabbit hole of what’s cultural and what’s not. It opens the flood gates to all kinds of interpretations. I’m looking for a gold standard here but haven’t found one.

        • My vote is the same. I believe the word we read to be inspired, not actual. I think an actual word of God can only be found in God’s mind and/or in Heaven. Peter (to me) gets at this in 2 Peter 1:21: the prophets spoke as they were moved by God. An actual word of God…with all these versions?

          Also, just think of all the hassle we already deal with regarding biblical literalism, from Creationism to lex talionis statutes to truly cultural ones like you mentioned. Further, the prophets, John the Baptist, Jesus, and others all labor to turn the hearts of men to the true spirit of God’s laws rather than their rote performance or misplaced and often graceless and tragic application.

          I believe in full inspiration and inerrancy of intent. The verbal plenary argument is that each (original) word was placed there by God and is fully authoritative. I accept the fully authoritative part, but I’m not sure whether it was about the particular word or the thought God desired to have written…the same way Bibles are translated today.

          (And think about how you personally receive messages from God. He may speak exact words sometimes, but other times it’s a single knowing that might unfold in many words, yet you get the point.)

          The Bible is inspired by God and written by humans in different times, lands, cultures, etc. The more remarkable thing is that it all forms a general theme. It must be the Holy Spirit!

        • All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work. (‭2 Timothy‬ ‭3‬:‭16-17‬ NLT)

  2. Michael, you are killing me!

    Here’s my question to you: How easy is it to answer a poll when you can’t write an explanation as to why you are answering the way you are answering?

    I guess I just hate feeling like I am being put into a box…


    • 😀 But it’s never that way, Kathleen. I beg of you to share in these comments anything you wish! Please…tell us your vote and offer your explanation. (I know this poll could itself be a really long post!)

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