Well, lots of people who believe many different and conflicting things think that. Figuring out what the bible teaches is the trick. People read the same bible and come up with all sorts of different things.
Perhaps look a little deeper. In any case, they represent particular positions that in many cases can be supported, but other positions can be as well, sometimes from the same verses that are used to support their positions, and sometimes from other passages Adventists dismiss or ignore.
Well, that could take a long time to answer fully and accurately. They’re pretty easy to pick apart in some ways as just being unsupportable and so vague in other ways that I don’t accept them because I simply don’t know what they mean - and even my pastor can’t tell me.
Here are some examples:
FB1: “The Holy Scriptures are the supreme, authoritative, and the infallible revelation of His will.”
Here, the church is probably using infallible to mean inerrant, but even using the strict definition of infallible, “incapable of making mistakes or being wrong” we know this to be wrong.
In the first place, the bible we use is the product of translators and each time they come up with a version of the bible it says something different, and their own notes indicate the source texts are unclear on many things. But, even if going back to the oldest/best source texts, none of them are original. They are all copies. And all the source copies we have of every book of the bible are different. Sometimes this is hundreds or thousands of ancient manuscripts. Not one is the same as another. There are tens of thousands of differences between them. So, even if the original manuscripts were infallible, we don’t have them anymore and the best thing we have is copies of copies of copies.
Second, the bible includes internal conflicts. These conflicts occur when teachings from different traditions are included, where they are mutually exclusive or when stories are told that are repeated with different details where both cannot be factual at the same time. This causes issues for those that insist the bible stories are literal history (which they are not) because taken literally they invalidate the stories. For example, there are four stories in the gospels about what happened after the crucifixion. They are all different in ways the can’t be reconciled. They each disprove the others when taken literally.
FB 6: “God has revealed in Scripture the authentic and historical account of His creative activity.”
Well, there are two stories present in Gen 1 and 2, and they are different and mutually exclusive. The source documents make this clear, as the language and even the name for God are different.
Was Adam created first and then did he name the animals as God created them, and then Eve was created at the end? Or were humans, both male and female created together the end of the creation story by the Gods (“we”/“us”) as the pinnacle of creation?
FB 6: “in a recent six-day creation the Lord made “the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them” and rested on the seventh day. Thus He established the Sabbath as a perpetual memorial of the work He performed and completed during six literal days that together with the Sabbath constituted the same unit of time that we call a week today.”
There are so many things wrong with this it’s hard to know where to start:
- The bible never tries to place creation in time. Only recent men have done that.
- God rested on the seventh day, but no where in the creation story is a claim that seven days later there was to be another rest.
- There is no mention of the sabbath in Genesis. Nowhere. None of the stories include anyone taking a break and resting or worshiping on a special day.
- The first time the sabbath is mentioned is in the Exodus story around the time the 10 commandments were given, “in memory of the time you spent as slaves”. The reference to creation in Ex 20 in the 4th commandment was added to the text later, after Genesis was compiled, to make it seem to hearken back to creation.
- The real reason for the sabbath, the day of rest (not worship), was the memory of being slaves and working every day. That is why no one is to work, not even your slaves.
- There were no weeks, no units of time on the ancient calendar used through Jesus’ time and for another 400 years that correspond to weeks. The Israelites and later the Jews had no such concept. They had quarter moons and lunar months, in a calendar that repeated on a complex 19 year cycle. The sabbaths were fixed to particular days of the month, not to particular days of a week.
OK, gotta quit for now…