God's Word (the Christ... the logos or logic of God) is infallible... inerrant... perfect! However, the men who attempted to pen, then canonized, and subsequently translated the Christ (in the form of the Bible), were not. Although we can see the perfect shining through the imperfect in many scriptures - we are still left with this question: Can the Infinite ever be scribed completely, described perfectly, or defined accurately by the finite?
To assert that the Bible and other religious texts are without contradiction is to deny reality and miss the truth contained in them. The Bible is in many cases inaccurate - and in all cases incomplete. Why else would Christ, Himself, say, "You have heard of old, but I say to you...?" Contradiction is a part of the limited understanding that tends to seep into the myriad of human writings - and contradiction is also a part of the Bible that must be fully embraced and then arduously worked through.
An essential part of embracing the Jesus Christ message is admitting that contradiction surrounds Him and is pervasive in the religion that bears His name. The contradiction of Christ becomes less scary to us as we accept that He was a walking contradiction (or mystery). Thus, we must unearth our mystic self and make room for the mystical Christ if we are to unlock any of the Mystery of Christ. These contradictions can never eliminate the person, power and presence of the Christ. They only shine a bright light on the glaring inaccuracies of any manmade religion that claims to have the Christ all figured out.
To know Christ by the spirit, and to grasp the essence of other spiritual teachers and texts requires a conscious choice to walk in the grey - the area between spiritual absolute and human finite thought. Love seems to be the only absolute of eternal merit and longevity I have found thus far, and the closest definition I have of a God who rests securely above human description.
If we are to remain on the path of truth for a lifetime, and in the hereafter, we must be willing to allow the truth to unfold to us as it deems appropriate. Truth, in this lifetime and dimension, is ever unfolding and absolutely contradicting.
Quote of the Week
"The Bible is the inspired word of man... about God."
- Carlton Pearson