Answering a Question: Is the Holy Bible Perfect & What that Means to Me?

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This hub is in response to this question. The exact question was "If the Holy Bible is 100% flawless & true, what does this mean for you personally?"

The answer I give is below and it is multifaceted. I want to be clear that this answer is based off of years of study both in religious and secular studies. I am a history teacher by trade as well as a faith member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I take questions of faith very seriously and respect all other faiths. By no means and I an expert. There is still so much to learn, but I do wish to share what I do know.

What is the Apocrypha?

Apocrypha means obscure, missing or lacking. There are multiple types of Apocrypha bun in this context we are referring to Biblical Apocrypha.

Essentially these are books that were not included in "official" versions of the Bible. Some books were excluded because "authorities" questioned the validity of the record while others were excluded because they were lost for a while then unearthed either in libraries or archaeological digs. There are multiple books both in the Old and New Testaments that are included in the Biblical Apocrypha. This highlights the fact that the Bible (translated to mean the Book) is actually an incomplete record put together by men who were fallible. For more formation of Biblical Apocrypha you can see the Wikipedia page.

The Bible, the Book

The assumption that the Holy Bible is 100% correct is predicated on the idea that there is no errors in translations and not information was lost. The German translation of the Bible vs the King James, the New World and other English versions shows that there was multiple meanings lost in translation. Furthermore, the fact that the Apocrypha exists indicates that there are books that have been lost to the "standard Bible". The Dead Sea Scrolls further indicate that books are missing or have lost meaning through multiple translation. Still further is the fact that there are books in both the Old and New Testaments that are mentioned by other writers within the Bible but are not included within the text. The Bible in this sense is not 100% flawless. It is not a complete work. It is a fragment of a fragment. Still, that fragment has some wonderful things to say. A scripture quoted in the question that prompted this hub was 2 Timothy 3 : 16. This reads, "All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:" this is so true. The Bible was inspired by God. The scriptures are just one means by which God communicates with his children.

The Message

Just because parts are missing does not mean that the Bible has no value. It contains lessons so valuable that people have died to get it published in languages that all could read. William Tyndale was burned at the stake for translating the Bible into English. He was willing to sacrifice his life so others could have to word of God. This is just one person who paid that price. There are many others who paid with their lives and repulations to bring the word of God to his children.

The value of the scriptures, of the word of God, far out weighs the money made yearly from its sale. It out weighs the paper it is printed on yearly as well. After all, it is the best selling book on the planet. But still, does this mean God has stopped speaking? No. There is so much more. Prayer, fasting and study are needed to gain further insight. Being open to God's revelations to each of us as individuals is essential.

I would never presume to put words into God's mouth. There is so much I do not know. Humility is the key to study of the Gospel of Christ. The scriptures are there to ensure that we learn from the lessons from those who came before. To ensure that doctrine is not corrupted. To remind us all that we are all humble in the sight of God and yet God loves us so much he sent his own son to pay the ultimate price so that we might grow beyond our humble beginnings. So that we might be with him and praise him and his son. The song by Mercy Me comes to mind. I think it is called "I Can Only Imagine."

Conclusions

I firmly believe that God follows the same patterns as he did in the scriptures we love so much. There are prophets still. Christ lives and still speaks today. The Holy Spirit still bears witness as it did on the Day of Pentecost. Miracles still happen. God still speaks. The Holy Bible stands as a witness of things that have happened but there is still thing that will happen. This is not the end. So to come full circle, the answer is that the Bible is not perfect because man has touched it, but the message of atonement, of redemption, of salvation through the love of Christ is perfect. So we are perfected in Christ because there is no other name under heaven by which we can achieve salvation. I have been saved. One day I hope to obtain the perfection he exemplifies. Until then, I will show my love and respect for him by studying, by prayer, by trying to be as perfect as I can be because anything less would be letting him down.

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Karre 4 years ago from Eskridge, Kansas

Interesting. I would like to add a few things to this. :-)There is only one book not found in the Dead Sea Scrolls. It is the book of Esther. The rest have been verified. You are totally correct about translation. There is no way to get a totally accurate translation for various reasons. 1. Idioms and cultures do not allow for direct translation. Neither does having 5 different Greek time periods in the Bible, plus Hebrew, and other lost languages. The "best" Bible translation to date into English is the NRSV.I agree with you, rather than limit our God by translations, we need to follow his spirit of his Word. It is a fluent book that actually has different messages for different times of one's life. You can read the same thing twice and get different meaning. btw, the Dead Sea Scrolls also list community interests, etc., and there are other papers dating back that will confirm the stories of the Bible. But following the heart will win out every time. Thanks for a good start article on your learning experience. Please keep it up! :-)


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Eric L. Andrews 4 years ago from Midwestern United States

Very interesting hub. Books of the Apocrypha have fascinated me. Enoch and the Testament of Solomon I have viewed online and they contain very controversial material and I can see why they were excluded. The main subject points of the Bible, and its prophesy, I believe to be God-breathed and I take them to heart. During the various translations, mistakes were made. For example, the term Lucifer only exists in the King James. It was a poor translation from the Hebrew to Greek and then English. Thanks for the info.


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ibbarkingmad 4 years ago from Utah Author

Thanks guys for the comments. I know I missed stuff. This was more based off of memory than anything else. Your comments fill those gaps I accidentally left and really add to the hub. Again, thank you!


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Editor and Chief 4 years ago from Ohio

This is like red meat thrown in front of hungry beasts. Do you think there are any Christians out there who will read a post and decide: "yea well maybe the Bible isn't real." Or how many Atheists are going to read a post from a true believer, and think: "Gee my whole world view is a bunch of baloney." No. Just throw this issue out there and watch as they tear each other to shreds.


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Karre 4 years ago from Eskridge, Kansas

I don't think that was ibbarkingmad's intention (was it?). This article is showing an historical as well as a theological viewpoint. There is no doubt historically that the Bible is "real", evidence outside of the Bible proves the validity that it is a document that was written with people that existed and things that did happen (at least some things). The religious question is whether it was God-inspired, the theological question is what impact does it have on people. Both of which are personal questions with personal viewpoints and no one has to "tear each other to shreds". But, Editor and Chief, you are right about one thing -- many people will do just that. That is sad. As an historian, theologian and political scientist, I appreciated this article and what it offers and the author's willingness to explore and learn. Karre.


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ibbarkingmad 4 years ago from Utah Author

Editor and Chief, I love your screen name! Karre hit the nail on the head. I saw a question asked and I answered it in a personal way. The information does not change the truth behind the faith nor does it change what those who don't believe think. It is simply sometimes facts combined with my faith. If it changes hearts, Great! If not, it stands. I don't want people to tear each other to bits over this. Its just information and my beliefs.


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Karre 4 years ago from Eskridge, Kansas

I love Editor and Chief's screen name too. Its cool!

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