The Bible: How Big a Deal is Human Error?
by Sheri Bell
Scribes are human; humans make mistakes. Does that mean the Bible’s accuracy is in question?
The answer, in a word: No! #Godisbigger
It can’t be denied that both unintended error and intentional modification have occurred in biblical texts over time. But most of these can be identified, categorized, and properly understood in their relation to the overall reliability of the transmission of the original content of Scripture.
Critics enjoy arguing that the Bible is full of errors, and that it can’t be trusted to be God’s Word. Their argument makes for good drama, but it collapses upon scrutiny. It’s just not true. Tip: critics who make blanket statements about the Bible typically don’t know what they’re talking about. They’re simply taking another critic’s word for it. In truth, there is so much historical documentation that supports the reliable transmission of the Bible.
But let’s look at the types of errors and changes scribes made, so we can intelligently and respectfully respond to critics who challenge the authority of the Bible. Human effort, by the way, will never be able to invalidate Scripture. Why? Because God is way bigger than anything we might do — intentionally or by accident — to thwart or undermine Him…