Perceptions and Inerrancy
This post is dedicated to Darrell.
After some of Tomchik and Clean Cut’s comments to you, I had an idea of how to illustrate the point I think we’re trying to illustrate.
Guys, let me know how helpful this is.
If you observe the earth going around the sun in a position stationary to the sun in a certain way, you can watch the earth orbit in what appears to be an almost circular path.
If you observe the earth going around the sun in a position stationary to the sun, but at a lower angle, you can watch the earth orbit the sun in what appears to be a fairly elliptical pattern.
If you observe the earth going around the sun in a position stationary to the sun, but in the same plane as the earth’s orbit, you can watch the earth orbit the sun in what appears to be a line.
All of these descriptions are correct depending on the point of view. Of course, God knows all of this. He knows how the earth orbits and precesses. The problem, is that He’s communicating with fallen intelligences, mortal minds. God’s mind is eternal, immortal, not limited by the same ways of thinking that we are. Therefore, it is MUCH like he thinks in multiple dimensions (like 3 or more) and we exist in many fewer (2 or less). He’s trying to communicate with us and not blowing our minds. We get glimpses of his revelation, but we can’t yet fully understand it all. It takes humility to not think we know everything when He’s just shown us one way for our 2 dimensional minds ways of seeing it.
Does this help anyone, or can anyone translate from crazy-PC speak to regular person speak?