Wednesday, October 2, 2013 4:23 AM

Biblical Inerrancy

Wednesday, October 2, 2013 4:23 AM
Wednesday, October 2, 2013 4:23 AM

There are many lines of evidence supporting the view that inspiration entails inerrancy.

 One is that God cannot err (Heb. 6:18; Titus 1:2), and the Bible is called the Word of God (Matt. 15:6; John 10:35). Therefore, the Bible cannot err (see Chapters 1–3).

 Another is that Jesus affirmed the infallible, indestructible, and unerring nature of Scripture (see Matt. 5:17; 22:29; John 10:35), which affirmation is incompatible with any errors. And since Jesus taught with divine authority (see Matt. 7:24–29; 28:18–20), then on His authority the Bible is the inerrant Word of God.

Yet another line of evidence is that the Bible is the product of the Spirit of Truth (2 Tim. 3:16; 1 Cor. 2:13), and the Spirit of Truth cannot err. So it follows necessarily that the Bible cannot err.

 And a fourth is that the Scriptures are “God-breathed” (2 Tim. 3:16 niv). But God cannot breathe out error. His word is absolutely true (John 17:17; Rom. 3:4). What “is written” comes from “the mouth of God” (Matt. 4:4, 7, 10). Therefore, the Bible cannot err anymore than God can.

 Also, the Bible is a prophetic message (Heb. 1:1; 2 Peter 1:20–21). But a prophet is a mouthpiece of God (2 Sam. 23:2; Isa. 59:21). He is one through whom God speaks. Therefore, the Scriptures cannot be mistaken anymore than God can be. So to speak of the Bible as inspired but errant is a contradiction in terms. An inspired error is as impossible as a square circle. 

Dr. John Woodbridge’s book Biblical Authority: A Critique of The Roger/McKim Proposal. A careful examination of the evidence reveals that no orthodox teacher of the Church from the first to the nineteenth century denied the inerrancy of Scripture. Indeed, virtually every orthodox church father believed that the Bible was without error. This has been the standard orthodox position down through the years.

[1] Geisler, N. L. (1992). The battle for the resurrection (159–160). Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock Publishers.–161). Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock Publishers.

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