First of all, I begin with a simple postulate, that all men are fallible; that is to say, all human beings are capable — and even given to — declaring a falsity beit knowlingly or not. More simply put, we are all capable of being wrong by virtue of being human. Secondly, I observe that all religious teaching is passed along by and through humans, and furthermore that all religious knowledge comes to each of us from another human beit a pastor, a parent, a teacher. Thirdly, the first two points being made, one must conclude that the entirety of religious knowledge is capable of being false being that it is handed down from human to human and humans have the capability — and even the propensity — for being fallible. Therefore, I ask: how can I trust this knowledge? How can I be sure that it is true? How can I know that it was not misinterpreted in some way having been marred by the hands of history. How do I know that these are indeed the words to escape the lips of God?

Imagine Moses atop Mount Sinai receiving he Ten Commandments. One can say that God made Moses’s ears ripe for the listening. One can say that the words in and of themselves are such that their anunciation creates the perfection of their understanding, that is to say, the words are so powerful that they cannot be misintereted or falsified. And yet how am I to know what is and isn’t the word of God? Because I am told so? How do I trust THAT? And so we return to our dilemma.

One could also say that religious knowledge is true by virtue of one’s knowing it is true. In other words, it is true because I know that it is true and, through free will, I am able to distinguish between truth and untruth. And yet what is often the case is that one man’s truth is nonsense to another. You see, when we say this, we step away from reason and into the realm of faith. And in so doing we circle back to our original dilemma.

We are left with the simple conclusion that all religious knowledge is fallible. If this is true, then whether you are a Christian, Jew, Muslim, Hindu, you must ultimately ask yourself the question: Can one speak for God? In fact, wouldn’t it be a sin to speak on God’s behalf? Couldn’t it be the greatest sin of all?