Chopped Bible Salad

chopped salad

It is a mystery to me how people who believe in the inerrancy of the Bible can think that something like this is a good idea.  More and more people in the church are taking the Bible and using it to make chopped salad.

For the sake of illustration, take a look at how incoherent the already complicated television series Lost can be when it is chopped and diced in the same way that the Bible is by many Christians:

[Seriously no spoilers here… that is the point.]

To highlight this problem and to educate fellow Christians about what a travesty this is, I am writing a series of posts titled “Bible Chopped Salad.”  There is no concern here that this series will not have enough fodder to continue for a very long time.

I already have quite a stack of Bibles to use (not that I would actually have paid money for any of them), but if you run across any to highlight, please leave that information in a comment.

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About Aaron Gardner

Aaron is a counselor and student of the Bible, passionate about sharing the good news of Jesus Christ. He lives in central Indiana with his wife, one-year-old son and their two dogs. View all posts by Aaron Gardner

4 responses to “Chopped Bible Salad

  • Cally

    Aaron,

    One needs to remember that inerrancy of the Word of God is more dependent on the person reading it, than the person writing and/or preaching it. If a person believes in the Word than the bible will be inerrant and a person will have the faith to continue seeking out the meaning of what the bible is trying to say and/or mean. If one does not believe in the bible than yes it will be full of errors and will be until that person comes to a point of faith and/or belief than the Word will come alive and no longer be error laden.

    The problem with a pharisee is that this type of person believes the Word is inerrant, but does not have the capability to live it out. This type of person will not have true faith and/or ability for grace to enter in and understand that until the person has faith there will be errors. All believers have a bit of a pharaisitical attitude. It is the person who understands this and that this part of their life needs to be weeded out again and again and again.

    I really hope this comment helps in your pursuit of the inerrant/errancy debate. I find the debate to be a pain in the ass. Sorry, but people argue over this for centuries and for the last 3 years sense this debate has entered my life I find it a bit destructive. I really don’t mean to be offensive and you can delete any portion of this paragraph you want or delete the whole comment, maybe it was for your eyes only. I don’t care, but I do care how people treat one another. Good luck with your pursuit of the Truth. It is quite an incredible journey and such a long process.

  • Melanie Jongsma

    It seems to me that Aaron is not trying to make a point about whether or not the Bible is inerrant. I think all he’s saying is that interpretation depends on context. The Bible may be inerrant and infallible, but its various parts were written to specific people at specific times, often to address specific issues. Reading it without knowing the setting is like reading someone else’s mail — what you’re reading is true, but you probably don’t fully understand it. You might draw some perfectly appropriate conclusions in some cases, while in others you might be way off. It sounds to me like Aaron is saying that we Christians tend to act like we DO understand everything, and we tend to shut down discussion by claiming that people who don’t understand it just don’t have enough faith.

  • Aaron

    Melanie, that is exactly it! The “chopped salad” analogy is just saying that if we take the verses out of their context within the text it may mean something, but not likely what it was intended to mean.

    That also goes for the context of who wrote it, where they wrote it, and when they wrote it. Each of those are part of giving the Bible its context.

  • Cally

    Thanks for clarifying the purpose for wanting to write this post. I’m a little over sensitive to the subject. I really like what both you have written.

    Aaron keep up the good work on this blog as well. I enjoy the dialogue that goes on here. Thanks again.

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