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Old 27th November 2010, 09:23 PM
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Default On apparent errors in the Bible

There are over 35,800 verses in the Catholic Bible.

Suppose that the Bible is infallible in every verse, but you are fallible. If you examine every verse to see if it has any errors, you will make some mistakes because you are fallible. You will misunderstand a verse and think that it is an error when it is not. If you make this type of mistake 5% of the time, you will find over 1700 apparent errors. Even if you make this type of mistake only 1% of the time, so that you are 99% correct, you will still find over 350 apparent errors.

You cannot depend on your own fallible judgment to determine if the Bible is inerrant. If you examine any book and find that it has, in your fallible judgment to your fallible thinking, no errors, in all probability that book has many errors -- they are simply the same errors that you fallibly and incorrectly think are true.

The Church teaches that the Bible is entirely inspired, and therefore entirely inerrant. We believe this teaching based on faith, not based on our own examination of every verse. For we are fallible, but God is infallible. And the Bible is the written Word of God.
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Old 28th November 2010, 01:45 PM
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Because bible is exactly not the same as math where 1 + 1 is always 2
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Old 29th November 2010, 12:38 PM
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Following this logic, whenever we discover a verse within Sacred Scripture that seems to us to be false, we should assume that the error is ours and begin the process of sorting out our mistake.
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Old 29th November 2010, 02:41 PM
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The Scriptures are much more complicated then most people think.
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Old 29th November 2010, 02:50 PM
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The Scriptures are much more complicated then most people think.

Yes, many of the claimed errors are a misinterpretation based on an overly-simplistic view of Scripture.
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Old 1st December 2010, 03:00 AM
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Yes, many of the claimed errors are a misinterpretation based on an overly-simplistic view of Scripture.

If one accepts that the bible is infallible, it is only reasonable to believe that God left the means to understand the bible infallibly. Catholics believe that the means that Jesus left His church to infallibly teach the bible is His magiterium (the pope and bishops united to him). To believe that the the Word of God is infallible, but Jesus did not leave his church the means to infallibly interpret the Word would be illogical. If individuals or private interpretaion could understand infallibly the bible, the Protestant churches would not have split into 30,000 denominations.
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