Sometimes the Bible Is Wrong

Because the awareness that the Bible is sometimes wrong has been so important in my own Christian journey and because I am convinced that this realization is important for all Christians, I develop the point at some length.

I begin by noting that it is not only wrong when it is interpreted literally—as, for example, when the first chapter of the Bible with its story of creation in six days is taken literally (more about that in the next chapter). Rather, parts of the Bible—both Old Testament and New Testament—are sometimes wrong even when interpreted correctly. To make the point, I soon provide a number of examples of when the Bible is wrong. My purpose is neither negative nor to debunk the Bible. Rather, as we will see, the examples lead to a positive understanding of the Bible and its role in the Christian life.

– from “Convictions” by Marcus Borg

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