In today’s sophisticated world, the radical view is that the Bible is the Word of God. But do you know what it means to be sophisticated? Well, first of all, a sophist is a person who knows how to win an argument by manipulating words. He can beat you in an argument every time even if he is on the wrong side. The object is to win. Truth is of little significance. And if you are sophisticated, you buy into these arguments.
One set of arguments charges the Bible with all sorts of errors. These arguments assume the Bible is the word of fallible men and therefore it too must be fallible. And so the argument is that the creation story is a myth. The miracles of the Bible never happened. And Jesus Christ was a mere man among men. The arguments seem plausible! And if you hold to the infallibility and inerrancy of the Bible, you are viewed as a radical.
The problem is that such arguments have overthrown biblical Christianity. And with it the biblical ethic has been overthrown. For example, the Bible says, “You shall not commit adultery” (Exodus 20:14). But if you are sophisticated, you reject the Bible and buy the arguments for “safe sex.” Following the biblical ethic would curtail sexually transmitted diseases and teenage pregnancies. But that would not be sophisticated.
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