I’ve had some personal struggles recently. I’ve got some questions about the inerrancy of Scripture that I can’t seem to answer or find answers to. According to the Deuteronomical law (Deuteronomy 22:28-29), if a woman is raped and no one hears her scream, the man is forced to take her as his wife and can’t divorce her. This seems unjust toward the woman. I understand a few verses before where the implication is that the sex was consensual. But this is obviously not consensual. How is the woman being forced into a marriage that she doesn’t even desire consistent with the character of God as He has revealed Himself in the rest of the Scriptures?
And then comes along Jesus. Some Pharisees come along and ask Him about divorce. Here is the dialogue:
And Pharisees came up to him and tested him by asking, “Is it lawful to divorce one’s wife for any cause?” He answered, “Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh’? So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.” They said to him, “Why then did Moses command one to give a certificate of divorce and to send her away?” He said to them, “Because of your hardness of heart Moses allowed you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it was not so. And I say to you: whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another, commits adultery.” (Matthew 19:3-9 ESV)
Now, the stuff about Moses is law. So, in essence, Jesus was saying that the law on this matter was wrong because it goes against the will and character of God.
If the law can have a mistake in one place, are there other things in the law that may be against God’s character? If so, how does this tie in with inerrancy?
Let me assure you, I am not denying that the Scriptures are divinely inspired. I’m not even denying their infallibility. I just want to know how this all ties together.
Any thoughts or articles you might be able to direct me to dealing with the specific issue that I mention here would be great.
There’s not much else to say really…