I recently starting adding some Tim Keller into my podcast/sermon listening mix since he finally starting showing some real Christian love and putting sermons online for free! Plus, I think he kind of sounds like Jeff Goldblum and I loved both the Jurassic Park movies and Independence Day growing up.
Last night in a sermon called “Bible: End or Means”, Keller gave a very interesting argument for the importance of scriptural inerrancy for those seeking genuine conversation with God. You really should listen to it because Keller says it better than I will (it’s free!!!), but here’s a brief summary.
1. Many would say that holding to dogmatic inerrancy limits one to a book in their seeking of God. One cannot have authentic conversation with God under such constraints.
2. Keller gives an analogy from the original Star Trek series involving a man who created a planet of female robots to serve him and pointed out the obvious relational/conversational shortcomings of such a situation.
3. Ironically, those who don’t hold to inerrancy, who pick and choose which parts of the Bible are acceptable to them (for whatever reasons), cannot have real conversation with God (despite their claims of just that). Instead, they are creating a robot of “God” that can be switched off whenever he contradicts them. Instead of having a genuine relationship with someone who might correct, argue, disagree, require things of them, etc., their desire to edit Scripture effectively forces the conversation into a one-sideness.
4. Those who do believe what Scripture says about itself (inerrancy), however, are able to interact with the conversation. While some certainly might claim a belief in inerrancy and yet run roughshod over the text (Keller addresses that later), those who hold to the belief that the Bible is true are able to encounter God in it in authentic conversation. Rather than merely reinforcing their held beliefs, they submit themselves to the Word and encounter a real Person, who does not cave in easily and who argues (fiercely at times) for a proper understanding of Himself. That is real conversation.