After realizing that the Bible does in fact contain mistakes, I became a non-fundamentalist Christian and remained one for many years. It is not easy to describe exactly what I believed “at the time,” only because it was a good expanse of time and there was a kind of transition period in which I evolved into the kind of open-minded, reflective believer that I became and remained, again for some years.
At the early stages I suppose you could describe me as a fairly liberal evangelical. There are lots of Christians like that in the world, and most of my friends at Princeton Seminary were in that mold. How does one describe that kind of Christian?
Such Christians very much, and wholeheartedly, think that God speaks through the Bible. He uses it to communicate to his people. Not in order to give them science lessons (what really happened on the third day of creation?) but in order to instruct them about how they should live and be. God wants his people to show love to one another and to all people, to work for justice, to strive for peace, to do good in the world, to love him above all things, and so on. Many liberal evangelicals are social activists, believing that God has called them to be beacons of light to this world, which requires political and social activity that leads to improved living conditions and lives for all people.
Others are really more about a personal relationship with God that he has provided through Christ. Far more important than the question of whether there can be a mistake in the Bible is …
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