There are many different possible perspectives from which to see things. I see how it can make sense that God inspired the bible and made sure that everything it says is correct.
But there is also another perspective (among many others), that the bible simply reflects the understanding and perspectives of the human authors.
The second perspective makes more sense to me, and it’s largely because I realise that even if scripture is 100% correct, humans are still easily able to take something that is 100% correct to mean something else entirely, unwittingly twisting a 100% correct scripture into something completely wrong.
The difference is in where you stop questioning. There are people who question their own interpretation of the bible, but they stop questioning when they reach the issue of whether the bible is 100% correct or not. They just assume that it is.
But for me, I realise that the bible’s correctness is also highly questionable because the whole thing was put together by imperfect human beings in the first place.
We believe in the existence of an absolute truth, but if we assume that we have already arrived at it, then we stop ourselves from learning and growing in our knowledge of the absolute truth that matters so much to us.
People need to realise that true knowledge comes with true understanding. The bible is here to guide us, not to spoon-feed us with some kind of readily available truth, as if truth were something easily obtained by simply reading a small book while ignoring the vast knowledge of the world that has been accumulated throughout human history.
If it were that easy, then why are sincere readers having so much trouble agreeing amongst themselves as to what exactly the bible is really saying?
That’s because everyone sees things from their own perspectives, and their own perspective necessarily influences the way they see things, i.e. perspective necessarily influences bible interpretation.
If truth matters to us, then we ought to see things from all possible perspectives, so that we get the best possible three-dimensional picture of the truth that is out there waiting to be discovered.