If you start with the premise that The Bible is “God’s inerrant instructions to mankind” then when you go to read that bible nothing else matters. All questions of biblical inconsistancies, scientific errors, cultural differences, and even out right contradictions are quickly dismissed. IF the bible was “written by God” then it must be “without error” and therefore nothing else matters.
However, if you were to read that same book but instead start with the premise that it is a historical document would anyone ever come to the conclusion that it was “inspired by God”?
This is why I say that people who hold to the “inerrant” view of the Bible are not followers of Christ but rather followers of their own interpretive belief system, followers of Paul (at best), and (at the very least) have made the Bible an idol.
Most “literal Bible reading” Christians I meet seem to hold to a belief, not in the Trinity but rather in a Quadrality… that is to say there’s The Father God, The Son Jesus, The Holy Spirit, and The Bible. All playing equal parts of God. And then when we dig deeper we find that The Bible plays the biggest role of God…rather than an equal part.
Heres what I mean: If someone says “the Holy Spirit told me to get a divorce” many would say “well He couldn’t tell you that because the Bible says you shouldn’t”. Or perhaps someone might say “Jesus didn’t address the questions of Abortion or Homosexuality so they must not be major issues” others would say “He did address those issues through Paul…in the Bible”.
At the end of the day, I see the Bible as being “God” and all other aspects of that God are filled in by our own culture and limited understanding of history.
What saith thou?