Will the Bible survive?
The short answer is “Yes.” I have confidence it will.
Not everyone agrees. Here’s a quote from a book I am reading:
the percentage of Americans who believe the Bible is the “actual word of God, to be taken literally, word for word” has declined remarkably: In 1963, 65% believed this, but that figure is now at 32%.
For some, even 65% is disheartening. I have to admit, I’m not excited about 32%.
On the other hand, I read the whole quote. Did you catch it? The question equates belief that “the Bible is the actual word of God” with “taking it literally, word for word.”
Seems pretty obvious to me that the entire Bible is not meant to be taken “literally, word for word.”
When Jesus said, “I am the bread of life,” (John 6:35) he didn’t mean he was an actual loaf of bread.
In Psalms 17, 31, 36, 57, 61, 63, and others, the psalmist writes of taking shelter under God’s wings. He didn’t mean God is literally a bird!
There are plenty of other references throughout the Bible. I have no need to present an exhaustive list, because it really only takes one to make my point: the Bible is not intended “to be taken literally, word for word.”
But however sure I am the Bible isn’t to be taken literally word for word, I am even more convinced it is the “actual word of God.”
See what I mean?
The Bible will survive. Some of the ways we think about the Bible won’t. That may be a good thing.