Science in Christian Perspective
Letter to the Editor
Dr. Floyd Wilcox
Associate Professor of Science
Central Wesleyen College
Central, South Carolina 29630
From: JASA 24 (June 1972): 76.
In the communication of O.L. Brauer (Journal ASA 23, 78, (1971)) comments were
made concerning translational errors in the Bible. Most people (theologians and
otherwise) agree that there are some translational errors in the King
(and other versions) of the Bible. However, one must consider the
occasional errors in translation and gross errors that change a
doctrine. Mr. Brauer does not seem to have made this distinction. I am not and
do not pretend to be a Greek or Hebrew scholar as would be necessary
his claim. However, I do believe that the Scriptures substantiate an immortal
eternal soul (Matthew 10:28, Matthew 16:26 and Acts 2:31) which will
in a literal Hell (Acts 2:31, Luke 16:23, II Peter 2:4) or a literal Heaven (II
Thess, 4:18, Phil, 3:20,21; II Corinthians 5:1). The Bible also teaches that it
is not God who sends us to Hell but it is our own choosing-it depends
our acceptance or rejection of the finished work of Jesus Christ,
God's only Son.
By assuming a translational error in one or two words, Mr. Brauer is willing to discard the complete Biblical doctrine of salvation and thus the total purpose of God's inspiring the writing of the Bible. It is inconsistent to believe that God could inspire the Bible and then not be able to preserve it through the centuries.