So, another issue with being a UU Seminarian in Bibleland is that I'm listening to the rhetoric, and reading the Bible, but being a UU, I introduce reasoning into the mix, unfettered by the need to have everything neatly equal Jesus is Lord and the Bible is Inerrant.
So, I'm studying for my test Monday and my mind wanders, questioning certain suppositions.
Belief: The Bible is inerrant.
Question: Was Scripture written by men?
Answer: Yes, but they were inspired by God.
Question: Did those men have free will or did God strip them of it?
Answer: Everyone has free will.
Question: Has there been any person, other than Jesus, who was perfect?
Answer: No, and that's blasphemy to even think about it. Jesus is and was the only perfect human.
Question: So the apostles weren't perfect?
Question: And the early church leaders, who decided on what would be canonical, were they perfect humans?
Question: And all of the people who have translated the Bible, were they perfect?
Question: But the Bible is the inerrant word of God?
I sometimes wonder, as I'm studying, if going to a school that is so NOT a UU seminary is the right thing to do. Much like when I memorized geometry theorems in high school, I wonder, as I try to memorize Romans 10:9-10*, how much this will help me in life.
But I can't deny that this makes me pause, unpack, and think through assumptions of religious logic.
*9That if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.