Yes....you are right on the points above. But, aren’t you doing the same thing you accuse me of when you accept the Bible as divine revelation of truth?
Which would be fine, if in fact it could be demonstrated. But I don’t think it does. I could tell you why but I guess you don’t want to hear it. So, I’ll just say....if the Bible is the divine revelation of truth, then it must be that consistently....right?
Or, would you accept that the Bible is partially true, partially not true? Partially human and partially divine? If so, then you could dismiss the false parts as being the mistakes of men?
Your foundational statement and core belief (ahem) is that truth is of the utmost importance and that it is the standard for everything. But then - going a little further - we find that you have no way of attaining to that which you supposedly strive. That's self-defeating (perhaps intentionally so?). It's deconstruction both at a linguistic and a propositional level. And you haven't the tools to reconstruct the world the way it "really is". But then you didn't create it. You came along....and it was already there. I don't need to prove that. It's established fact. Conscience testifies to a Creator. That Creator is perfectly represented in scripture - not as a Deistic, disinterested God; or one of a pantheon that is constantly seeing internal conflict; or one that is vengeful and angry all the time. These are all man's conceptions. The God of scripture is the only one that could not be a creation of man's mind. And the salvation of the bible is of God coming down to man rather than man working his way to God. The argument will not go far with you, maybe, but everything from the Creation to the plan of salvation to the nature of the Godhead is specific to the bible such that Jesus means something very specific and "God" implies a great deal that doesn't mesh with any other faith.
And he said unto them, Ye are from beneath; I am from above: ye are of this world; I am not of this world.
I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins.
Then said they unto him, Who art thou? And Jesus saith unto them, Even the same that I said unto you from the beginning.
I have many things to say and to judge of you: but he that sent me is true; and I speak to the world those things which I have heard of him.
They understood not that he spake to them of the Father.
This same God has already established what our predicament is and what is meant by sin (go through the Ten Commandments...are these arbitrary?). His standard is beyond us to reach - and He doesn't expect us to do so. But He has provided a way where by we can be reconciled to Him and know Him in the way you desire Truth. It isn't through you or by your own understanding, meditation, works etc... it is by His self-revelation in Jesus Christ.
You have already admitted you can't determine whether the bible is true or not (just that you can make statements about it that can be confirmed as your beliefs), but if God is real and has revealed Himself to others - then the act of reading and suspending that permanent disbelief will show you whether it is true or not. And that disbelief will be (if you approach it sincerely) disarmed by statements like this :
The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?
I the Lord search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.
But it won't even be the statements - rather it will be the Holy Spirit opening your eyes.
For thus saith the Lord that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited: I am the Lord; and there is none else.
I have not spoken in secret, in a dark place of the earth: I said not unto the seed of Jacob, Seek ye me in vain: I the Lord speak righteousness, I declare things that are right.
Assemble yourselves and come; draw near together, ye that are escaped of the nations: they have no knowledge that set up the wood of their graven image, and pray unto a god that cannot save.
Tell ye, and bring them near; yea, let them take counsel together: who hath declared this from ancient time? who hath told it from that time? have not I the Lord? and there is no God else beside me; a just God and a Saviour; there is none beside me.
Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.
I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, That unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear.
Surely, shall one say, in the Lord have I righteousness and strength: even to him shall men come; and all that are incensed against him shall be ashamed.
Remember, whether or not I say the bible is fully or partially infallible shouldn't make a difference to you since you have already admitted you can't make that determination yourself.