The Bible…Inspired or Invented?

Then each went to his own home. But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. At dawn he appeared again in the temple courts, where all the people gathered around him, and he sat down to teach them. The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group and said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?” They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him.

But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger. When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.” Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground.

At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there. Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?”

“No one, sir,” she said. “Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”

Do you know these verses…John 7:53-8:11…have you noticed in the notes of your bible that these verses are not considered part of the original and most reliable texts. Christianity Today has an article on this and it’s worth the read…more here.

But does it matter to you? As someone likes to say, is this a brick for your faith, or just a spring?

This is a highly used and misused piece of scripture and what if Jesus didn’t say it…what if someone made up the story because it seemed like something he would have said to an adulterer and a pharisee.

The passage really has nothing to do with unconditional freedom and forgiveness, or not judging because Jesus repeatedly called his disciples to do just that.

No this was about those men breaking the law in their prosecution of her, and the fact the man she was with when she was caught was among her accusers…so don’t judge the sin when you yourself are living that same sin.

But what if he never said it…does it change your faith…does it change your trust in what truth is and who Jesus might have been. It definitely makes me think about propaganda and the agendas of the Church in assimilating the Bible.

But I believe God is big enough to use it…despite the liberals or traditionalists application of it. He has to be or this is just a big experiment.


5 Responses to “The Bible…Inspired or Invented?”

  1. Man this messes me up, I am going to have to dig deeper for myself. You really should go this deep this close to the weekend. My brain hurts already. Just kidding great post

  2. The same question can be raised about Mark 16:9-20.
    At this point it doesn’t matter to me that these passages were not in some early manuscripts because 1) I think a lot of research has confirmed they should be includede 2) I find them to fit the context of other Scripture 3) I trust God to be big enough to both use the passages and correct us if we have wrongfully included them.

  3. Coming from Tulsa OK, as I do, it seems to me that most people around here think that the Bible came down from heaven on a golden thread, and it is some kind of magic totem that has to be taken literally, AND in the exact way that their particular group says. Any questioning of it gets met with a certain amount of hostility OR attempts to get you saved.

    It is my belief that JESUS is the Word of God, the Revelation of God to us, the book (bible) is simply a record of how God has acted in human lives and how He calls us to understand His love as exemplified by His Son, Jesus. It was written and preserved by flawed men struggling to transmit what they believed was God’s Spirit speaking to us.

    If it is off in a few verses, well not all that big of a deal to me, since modern textual criticism has provided us with the knowledge that, though minor differences are in the record, the main witness to the Word of God, Jesus, is clear enough to speak to our hearts and save our souls.

  4. sherie…true, they’re included because of their consistency with the rest of scripture.

    monk…john 1:1…good point. actually we often forget the bringing together of these historical accounts actually brings credibility to the process because it is not “one man’s” testimony.

    more than anything we need to continually ask god why we believe the way we do, so he exposes the rationalizations and untruths, and replaces those with his truth.

  5. Things like this cooked my noodle years ago… and taught me to go to God for answers…

    He gives them…

    James the apostle said…

    “If anyone lacks wisdom, ask God, because He gives wisdom without prejudice to everyone who asks”…

    I just marvel at te things god is showing you guys, and using you to show…

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