Important to the process of scientific investigation is convergence. You’ll see articles “this study says choclate is Healthy! Wine is healthy! Then a few months later “new study says wine is NOT health for you or chocolate is not healthy!”
These articles are making a mistake when it comes to how science determines something to be true or false. You’re not meant to read a single study and assume that it represents the whole truth. You’re meant to look at multiple studies, let evidence accumlate, examine the entire body of observations and experiments, THEN draw conclusions.
Conclusions based on the convergence of evidence
where all evidece is compared, examined contextually, that is where truth emerges. The convergeance of evidence is more important than any single piece of evidence can be alone.
now I I turn to the Bible. The Hebrew Bible, the Old Testament
The 5 books of the Pentateuch , which do have a few different authors and perspectives, when you come to the end of the Pentateuch or the Torah, you can have a fairly clear idea of the God they are trying to describe.
Then as you move into the writings and the prophets, you see something different. The authors begin questioning, characters in narratives question and authors of poetry and prophecy question and challenge the picture of God that’s been described. If the God of the Torah loves us protects us provides for us WHY did this event happen? Are we being punished? Tested? Rebuked? Abandoned?
They also begin to question their leaders. Our leaders have been tellin gus to do this, but I’m hearing a call from God that the way those leader act, they way they tell us to act is wrong. It is not in accord with the truth God wished for us to arrive at. I thought God appointed our leaders? Why do our leaders fail?
So here is the question I have. I pose it to you but I also continue to pose it for myself:
If the authors of the five books of the Torah describe God in a particular way that later authors question and try to redefine, does that constitute an ERROR? Same amongst the later attempts to clarify, when the authors challenge one another. Are we r adding a contradictory collection of books that is ridilled with errors and inconsistencies?
Is it an error to expand a definition, to clarify, and apply new terms or contexts?
Is there a convergence on truth in the bible instead of plain statements of immutable truth?
Are we meant to follow the accumulation of the collected bibilical writings to arrive at the truth?
Is that what Jesus represents to those who identify as Christian?
That Jesus is the culmination, where the truth finally converges on the most exact understandning of who God is, what God wants from us, and why things happen to us the way they do?
Is that what it means to fulfill the law? Fulfill the writings and the Prophets?
I’ve heard it argued many times: the Bible cannot contradict itself, it cannot contain errors.
If it does then we couldn’t trust it
If it does then it could lead us astray
I’ve come to believe that it clearly contains errors and contradictions and counter arguments.
Because it is a collection of writings by different authors, offering their own revelation from God. Bringing new perspective. Redefining to compensate for human bias and ignorance that inevitably found its way into God’s attempts to guide us.
And it makes me trust the Bible more. Because the collection is our context. The different books accumulate into a whole to be defined by their language, their history, their genre, and so on. We are to examine them all. Look at the entire body of arguments put before us. Consider them, they way the convergence.
through that convergence draw our conclusions
Through the convergence find the truth
I can’t say what conclusions you’ll draw if you read the Bible in the way I describe
But the more I read in this manner the more certain I am of the conclusion.
The convergence of evidence leads me to Jesus as the final truth. The truth God has always wanted us to cling to
Love God with the whole of your being
Love your neighbor as yourself
All the Torah and the Writings and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.