I live in a real world with real world issues even when it comes to faith. This In the are of theology is never more present than when we are talking about the Bible and what makes it inspired. like it or not the Bible did not come to us by angels coming down from heaven and handing it to us. It was inspired in the real world relationships between God and his people and it has been preserved through copying by human beings and handed down generation to generation. The relationship between God and his people has periodically changed and that has necessitated a change in revelation not necessarily by replacing one thing with something new but often one revelation builds on another. The Old Testament being the foundation for the New Testament as an example. The thing though that is constant is God’s desire to communicate to his people and yet have them be a part of that communication.
I am at the point in this study where I have a rough idea of what I think about Biblical inspiration. In trying to give it a name I think it should be understood that I feel the most resonance with an already existing theory – Dynamic Theory. However, I feel dynamic theory’s weaknesses are significant enough that it requires some alteration in some pretty significant ways particularly in exactly how each author was inspired and keeping the Bible historical as possible. In Dynamic Theory inspiration hinges on the Bible being both a 100 percent creation of God and 100% creation of man. I agree with that, I just could never find answers to some of my questions as to how exactly this works. It has fuzzy edges and my desire is to at least define while they should be fuzzy or offer some clarity.
That is why I am giving my understanding of inspiration the working title – Open Dynamic Theory. I call it a working title because I have not discovered yet if some other theory might be titled this or some sub genre of Dynamic Theory already has this title. If so I will have to come up with a new name. For now it describes the theory well and gives me something to say other than ‘what I believe’.
For the next few weeks I want to deal with each element and also deal with some other issues that fine tune my view. For now, I have simply given it a name for the purposes of discussion.
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