how does one explain all the original versions that existed before a formalized version was created? Originally, every church in every kingdom or village had its own version of the bible, cobbled together from whatever books the local clergy could collect or author. Some passed by word of mouth, others were created in whole cloth by the clergy to explain a concept. It was common for a bible in one nation to have zero books in common with a bible in another. Were each of these conflicting books the "infallable word of a god?"
This isn't even accounting for assorted Judaic teachings that were never considered a part of the book, but only supplemental, but only those books that were presented as a bible. There were 800 years of random Jewish texts before any Rabbinical study attempted to consolidate the Torah, and once they started, it took 700 years to complete.
AFTER that, you can begin to address the new testament, and the 200 year gap between the alleged life of Christ and the Septuagint. Was that the infallable one? Was it the divergent versions between that and the assembly of the Douay-Rheims in the sixteenth century that were the infallable bits? How about the non-Catholic bible that leaves out even more books than were edited out in 1562? Is the one that removes books that were considered canonical for 1600 years the infallable one? How about the modern New Testaments that don't even include the OT - are those the infallable ones, the ones that skip Genesis completely?
If the bible is the infallible word of god, and over 500 translations, each of which phrase things differently, exist. How do you know the version and translation you are reading is the infallible one?
Answer by Crafty26 at 1:32 PM on May. 27, 2013
Answer by Mrs_Prissy at 1:35 PM on May. 27, 2013
Answer by tntmom1027 at 1:36 PM on May. 27, 2013
Answer by Ballad at 1:45 PM on May. 27, 2013
Answer by gdiamante at 1:45 PM on May. 27, 2013
But, I think the answer is that those who believe in the whole infallibility thing somehow convince themselves that God meant for everything to be disjointed and multi-authored.
I think you got that right, Priss. Because if the bible was clear and concise, with no errors or contradictions, christians couldn't "tweak" the verses to mean what THEY want them to mean. And there wouldn't be a zillion different branches of "christian" religion.
Answer by witchqueen at 2:01 PM on May. 27, 2013
Answer by okmanders at 10:54 PM on May. 27, 2013
Answer by SpiritedWitch at 12:00 PM on May. 28, 2013
Next question overall
When potty training how often do you take your child to the bathroom?