This experience happened at a campmeeting held in Germany August 6-13 2006. Because it involves leader-type figures in Seventh-day Adventism, real names have been used so readers of this can be responsibly informed.
David Kang of Light to Live Ministries, and John Davis of Orion Publishing both believe that there are mistakes in the Bible.
While having supper with Brother Kang one evening, i introduced the 1858 Great Controversy book, and showed him a few things after he had asked why i was promoting it. I told him i believed all the words in it are from God, and showed him one place in chapter 30 where it says what the apostles wrote in the Bible was: “dictated by the Holy Ghost”. He smiled and said something like: “of course we don’t believe the Bible was dictated do we?”, and when i answered that some, including myself, DO believe that way, he got very serious and said that i was going against the Spirit of Prophecy, and that he would bring me a quote showing that belief was false.
He said: “Do you believe Paul was inspired when he asked someone to bring his coat?” I replied in the affirmative. He continued: “We know that there are some minor mistakes in the Bible. For example, one writer says Mary Magdalene ran first to the tomb, while others don’t. Some of the numbers given don’t match up. And one writer even attributes a quote to Jeremiah when we know it was actually in Isaiah! Do you believe the Holy Spirit dictated a mistake?” I replied that “the Holy Spirit doesn’t contradict himself, and that we, being 2,000 years removed, may not know exactly the details of why that was given that way. Just as with Paul’s coat, that exact phrase that the Holy Spirit had Paul write may have been just the thing to convince some doubter living at that time of the authenticity of that letter that it was indeed from Paul.”
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