How Can the Bible Be Reliable When It Was Written by Fallible Humans?

A question that is often posed, yet fundamentally misguided, is "How can the Bible be reliable when it was written by fallible humans?" 

Such a question overlooks a critical truth: just because a person is fallible, it does not mean they cannot produce or convey something that is infallible. 

With this understanding, let us delve into this question.

The Question of Reliability

When we speak of reliability, we refer to the consistency of the outcome. This is irrespective of the perfection or infallibility of the source. 

To illustrate, King Solomon, known as the wisest man who ever lived (1 Kings 3:12), made mistakes. Yet, does that make the wisdom imparted in the Book of Proverbs any less reliable? Certainly not! 

The wisdom contained there has proven timeless and applicable across cultures and epochs.

The Reliability of the Ten Commandments

Consider the Ten Commandments, delivered to Moses, a man who indeed had his fair share of flaws. Yet, which of these commandments, captured in the Book of Exodus, is unreliable? 

Are we to disregard "You shall not murder" (Exodus 20:13) because it came through a fallible human? By no means! 

Interestingly, though, Moses himself killed someone who was cruel to one of his own people. These commandments have guided moral and ethical decisions for countless generations.

The Reliability of the Bible's Teachings on Love

Apostle Paul, before his conversion on the road to Damascus, was an aggressive persecutor of Christians. 

Yet, it was this fallible man who wrote the profound exposition of love in 1 Corinthians 13. If we question the reliability because of the fallibility of its authors, are we suggesting that Paul's inspired words about love are unreliable? 

His stirring description of love has guided and inspired countless believers and even nonbelievers around the globe.

The Power of Forgiveness

Jesus Himself taught forgiveness, instructing us to forgive our enemies and extending forgiveness to His tormentors (Luke 23:34). 

Despite being God incarnate, Jesus lived in human form and experienced human struggles, making Him 'fallible' in the sense of His humanity. 

Yet, who would argue that His teachings on forgiveness are unreliable?

Conclusion

One could draw on myriad other examples, but the point remains clear: a person's fallibility does not invalidate the truths they convey. 

To dismiss the Bible's reliability on this ground is simply illogical and reflective of a limited understanding. 

If we look beyond the human authors to the divine inspiration behind their words, we can see the enduring truth and wisdom that make the Bible a unique and reliable guide for life. 

After all, God chose to speak through human vessels, knowing our fallibility, to reveal His infallible Word.

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