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Inerrancy of the Bible

After reading Erickson’s and Feinberg’s sections on “inerrancy,” what is your position and argument on the inerrancy of the Bible? Do you believe this doctrine to be important for the contemporary church? Why?


Erickson defines inerrancy as the Bible containing complete truth and is infallible in any way.[1] Theologians have often debated this subject and skeptics have used what they consider as discrepancies in the Bible to support their failure to believe its writings and for some, in God. It is therefore important for an evangelical to have an in-depth understanding as to the Bible’s inerrancy to utilize apologetics in its support of its writings and ultimately its Author. God has used the Bible as a revealing expository of Himself and His relationship with man so that people will have an understanding of Him and learn about Him to get to intimately know Him. If the Bible is found to be in error, then are the concepts and knowledge that we have come to believe of God.[2] Therefore, due to the Christian faith being centered on Christ with the Bible being its manual, it is important to know that inerrancy can mean truth verses falsity rather than free of human error in terms of misunderstanding and inconclusiveness.[3]

The Bible lets us know that all scripture is God-breathed. “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness” (2 Timothy 3:16).[4] Merriam-Webster defines breathe as the process of air going in and being expelled from the lungs.[5] What this lets us know is that God expelled what we know as scripture to the authors of the Bible so that we could have it for His edification. Therefore, I believe that the Bible is inerrant because we have an infallible God.

Man, who is fallible, has often made mistakes in interpreting scripture, deciding on certain books that would be added or taken away, and in the Catholic’s case (with all due respect), totally taking out one of the Ten Commandments, due to its conflict with one of their practices of worshiping graven images, and splitting another commandment into two

[6] So, no, the scripture as originally written is not in error, but some of man’s attempts to translate from its original language and otherwise manipulation has in some ways made what we read today in error. Nevertheless, it is important that we know and believe that God has given us enough in His word for us to be without excuse with regards to accepting Jesus Christ into our hearts and turning away from sin. “For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities--his eternal power and divine nature--have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse” (Hebrews 1:20).[7]

[1] Millard J Erickson, Christian Theology (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2015), 188.


[2] Ibid., 189.


[3] Walter A Elwell, Evangelical Dictionary of Theology (Grand Rapids, Mich: Baker Academic, 2001), 156-157.


[4] 2 Tim. 3:16 (New International Version).


[5] Merriam-Webster, "Definition of BREATHE," Dictionary by Merriam-Webster: America's Most-trusted Online Dictionary, last modified 2018, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/breathe.


[6] Catholic Bible 101, "The Ten Commandments," Catholic Bible 101, last modified 2008, http://www.catholicbible101.com/thetencommandments.htm.


[7] Heb. 1:20 (New International Version).

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