Does the Bible Tell Us to Take Everything in the Bible as LIterally Inerrant?

"Do not despise the words of prophets, but test everything..." -- Thessalonians 5:20-21

I'd say that is a "no."


  1. Anonymous5:13 PM

    Just curious, what version of the Bible are you reading from. I only ask because I only have a King James version, and the text is quite a bit different.

  2. Joseph, just Google the phrase and you can find it. (I'm heading out and can't look at the moment.)

  3. I'm not sure it makes a difference, but the Greek reads προφητείας μὴ ἐξουθενεῖτε. That is literally "prophecies [do] not despise," the word "prophecies" being the object rather than the subject of the verb.

    Paul appears to be saying that the Thessalonians should test those who come before them claiming to have the gift of prophecy.

  4. I tried looking at various translations, and they didn't really help me decide the matter. But, I think Gene it's possible that you are totally misinterpreting what Paul is saying.

    I think (though I'm not sure) he is saying, "Don't dismiss prophecies. Go ahead and actually check if they are fulfilled, because they will be if you just open your eyes."

    For a similar thing, look at God talking about tithing in Malachi 3:10:

    10(A) Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. And thereby(B) put me to the test, says the LORD of hosts, if I will not open(C) the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need.

    I can't find the exact translation that made me think of that passage, but I'm pretty sure I've read it where the Lord says "test me in this."

    Well clearly God isn't saying, "Don't assume you should literally believe my promises, because maybe I'll disappoint you."


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