Our new pastoral candidate came and preached this Sunday. He seems like a good guy and is a talented preacher. I got to speak to him after a lunch where he and his wife and kids shared their story. He said that when he was in college ministry he held to the belief that the Bible was trustworthy, but not inerrant and has since moved into the inerrancy camp. I seem to have gone the other direction to some degree.
I believe that the translations we have currently are trustworthy when it comes to getting the message of the good news across. I do not believe that we have an inerrant version of the Bible (whatever that means). I could say that the original manuscripts were inerrant, but isn’t that essentially meaningless? We don’t have them so we could say that they were printed on unicorn hide written in velociraptor blood.
The important thing to me is that I can put my trust in what the inherent message of the scriptures is. God from the beginning has shown his creation more grace than we have deserved. That message is found consistently from Genesis through Revelation.