God really wants his children to be saved, why make salvation contingent
upon belief in a document as complex and disputed as the Bible?"
don't think it is. That is, I don't think the Bible is a bottleneck to belief.
It certainly was't before anything was written down. Nor did people have
to believe in a completed New Testament when Jesus was preaching right in
front of them. Remember that having a fully printed Bible is a very modern
is contingent upon being in a certain relationship with the living God.
And whether news of that comes to you by way of a post-it, printed word,
radio, TV, internet, preacher, word of mouth, or observation of life and
the universe, it doesn't matter. (Even faith doesn't save; Jesus
saves. It's faith that is the conduit.)
continue the analogy of getting an email
from my CEO, keeping my job is not contingent upon the electronic
ability of email to accurately transfer words. It depends upon me doing
what my CEO orders. If salvation seems complex, it's because one has made
it so. Salvation isn't contingent on explaining every logistic about
the scriptural writings, it's contingent upon being in right relationship
I still distrusted where the words on my computer come from, I could get
an IT degree or start tearing apart the motherboard of my PC. But do you
see how that's only making the simple complex?
we can go crazy breaking down the logistics of the Bible from every conceivable
angle (one purpose of this site), but we're doing so at our discretion,
not God's direction. It's not forbidden to do so, it's actually encouraged
to a slight degree. But it's limited in its helpfulness and, at some point,
distracting from the real issue. Obey Christ.
What is the Gospel?
The nature of God's