(originally published on 11/14/2011)
All the questions...and confusion...and "well, I think"...and you're taking it too far...and God wants us to be happy...and grace means I don't have to respond in any way at all to God's love except to just say yes...and yada, mumbo-jumbo, blah and etc...
It just all comes down to faith.
Faith that the Word of God is absolute and that every. single. word. was breathed out of the mouth of God. 2 Timothy 3:16-"All scripture is given by inspiration of God." Inspiration comes from the Greek word "theopneustos" meaning "to breathe or blow." It implies sound--words--vocal intonation.
If every. single. word. in the Bible was breathed by the God of the universe, then I don't have much room to quibble, do I?
The final question--the bottom line--comes down to this:
Do you really believe that every single word in the Bible was breathed by God?