Inerrancy? (Untimely Meditations or Unfashionable Observations)

God said it. I believe it. That settles it?

God said it. I believe it. That settles it?

By Lee Karl Palo

© 2013 Lee Karl Palo

When the Bible is claimed to be infallible or inerrant, faith in God is no longer a necessity. If you are able to somehow interpret the Bible without any mistakes on your part, the supposed intrinsic infallibility of the Bible will deliver a sure and certain knowledge of the divine. So who needs faith in God when you have the certainties of a divine book? …or is that the certainties of your own reading?

God said it in a Book, I believe my own individual reading of that Book, and that settles everything?

Exodus 20:3 “You must have no other gods before me.” – Common English Bible

The First Commandment is thus transgressed by the words of it being deified.

What is then required? Faith in God, and a simple trust that the Bible can point us toward God. God is to be found in the meal, not in ink on a page.

What shall I say? Reading the Bible is messy. Having faith in God is messy. Jesus is tasty!


Untimely Meditations or Unfashionable Observations are meant to provoke thought. They are not necessarily meant to convey the author’s actual opinion, and may be hypothetical in nature. The style is inspired by a certain oft-misunderstood European philosopher of the late 19th Century (he would have preferred to be called a European philosopher rather than a German philosopher) – “Dionysus.”


© 2013 Lee Karl Palo

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