Now, it is entirely possible for Christians of various stripes to argue that the Bible is not inerrant and/or to be understood in a mostly-straightforward way. Perhaps it is simply a diary of various people's attempts to make sense of their experiences with the Divine as seen through the lenses of their cultures, times, and life experiences, and thus fallible as they are, yet still "touched" by divine light in some way. Perhaps it is an esoteric text, to be understood as mystical allegory, parable, and the like, and only those who have had the requisite mystical experiences of the Divine can understand it properly. Or perhaps something else (i.e., whatever reason you think it's possible for contradictions and errors to accumulate in the Bible without falsifying Christianity).
However, I am still left to wonder: if there exists an omnipotent, omniscient, infallible Deity, and this Deity wishes to communicate to humans through a book (rather than, say, psychedelic plants or direct individual revelation), why not see to it that the book is infallible?
If the Deity can't produce an infallible book, then it is not omniscient or all-powerful. If the Deity can produce an infallible book but chooses to allow humans to introduce errors, then it is deliberately allowing its communication to be garbled and distorted. Why would it do this, if it actually wants to communicate with people?
If the Deity is unconcerned with the fidelity of its "communication," then it is either unconcerned with fidelity (i.e., is indifferent to truth and accuracy) or it is unconcerned with communication (doesn't care if its message gets across or not). If either of these is the case, what would the Deity be trying to accomplish?
I find this to be quite thought provoking. My thoughts are as follows:
1. God cannot truly be ALL-powerful.
- If you look at various religious texts, especially the Bible's Old Testament, it is clear that God is depicted as observing curiously, questioning, testing, etc, all charactoristics of a being that does NOT know everything.
- Omnipotent language used to describe God must then be hyperbole on the part of the writers of the text used to best emphasize the degree of what to then seemed to be incomprehensible might possessed by God.
2. The Bible, (and other texts), Are Inspired by a Belief in God Yet not Written By God
3. Mankind has always believed in God and have always tried to know and understand "the divine" with limited and varying degrees of success until the time and life of Yeshua the Messiah.