Monday, August 1, 2011 8:40 AM

Inerrancy is All We Have

Monday, August 1, 2011 8:40 AM
Monday, August 1, 2011 8:40 AM

I sometimes wonder if other believers actually fully understand what they are promoting and enabling when they claim that “there is no one right way to interpret the Bible”. The question that must be asked “is the verse hard to understand or does a believer just not like what it says?” In other words “is the verse hard or is the heart hard?”
One cannot take just a small sidestep away from Biblical inerrancy, any movement at all is over the cliff. Mr. J. Cottrell in his following quote expresses this well.
“Why is it important to defend the traditional doctrine of biblical inerrancy? A principal reason is that it is crucial to the whole theological enterprise. If we deny inerrancy, we give up our one objective reference point for truth and sound doctrine. When we accept the Bible as inerrant, it stands before us as an objective standard of truth. The only requirements for sound doctrine are good textual criticism, correct translation, and proper exegesis. But if the Bible is not inerrant, then a more basic requirement intrudes: one must decide which biblical statements are true and thus authoritative for doctrine, and which are tainted with error and thus useless for doctrine.”[1]

If the Bible becomes useless for doctrine and useless as a standard for truth, why would you even use the Bible and what would you need it for? God is the standard; His Word is the written communication of that standard. Anything less than absolute inerrancy and man has to be the standard. So the next time you claim that “there is no one right way to interpret the Bible”; then you are your own God setting your own standard. Take a look around: how is man doing?
Inerrancy is All We Have.

Cottrell, J. (2002). The faith once for
all : Bible doctrine for today
(63). Joplin, Mo.: College Press Pub.

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