Examining The Inerrancy of Scripture

The Bible is fully truthful in all of its teachings. Why the Bible is truthful, is a very important theological point. As a Christian Apologist, Missionary or Evangelist, the scriptures must be employed and presented as authoritative, verifiable and historical. In some witnessing encounters this may be accomplished through the use of Epistemology, the theory of knowledge, which is the branch of philosophy that studies the nature of knowledge, in particular its foundations, scope, and validity.

This article will support the assertion of my position regarding the ‘Absolute Inerrancy’ of the Bible which includes the following:

  • Scripture is authoritative.
  • The Bible is completely inspired by God.
  • God is the author of biblical writing, hence nothing erroneous entered into the final canon.

The Historical-church held to the inerrancy of the Bible. This includes those known as ‘Church fathers’ like Augustine. My position on the inerrancy of the Bible is in accordance with the definition of Absolute inerrancy outlined in Millard J.Erickson’s book titled Christian Theology. Absolute inerrancy is defined as “holding that the Bible, which includes rather detailed treatment of matters both scientific and historical, is fully true.”[1] Considering its claims of being authored by the one and only Sovereign God of the Universe, it is only logical to believe that nothing erroneous entered into the original final product. The Bible describes its forty writers as being inspired by the Holy Spirit, beginning around 1400-1800 B.C.

The Old and New Testaments are comprised of 66 distinct books. Each of these volumes contains, verifiable historical events, locations, cultures, and situations. According to Dr. Harold Wilmington in his book titled, Willimington’s Complete Guide to Bible Knowledge, in order to pen the Holy Scriptures, “God began to quietly call some 40 men and women into His presence…in fact; it took Him nearly 15 centuries to complete the job.”[2] Willmington continues, “The term inspiration is defined as the Holy Spirit’s superintending over the writers so that while writing according to their own styles and personalities, the result was God’s Word written—authoritative, trustworthy, and free from error in the original autographs.”[3]

I believe that over time, although the literary forms and styles were varied, the Bible canon in its entirety remained true to God’s revelation (to man). That is to say, the Bible reveals to man what He wanted mankind to know. The Bible from beginning to end—Genesis through Revelation—presents the static immutable theme of all scripture which is Jesus Christ. Specifically, the Bible reveals God’s providential redemption through His Only Begotten Son Jesus Christ. Scripture teaches that His will is that all men come to the knowledge of the truth through “special revelation,” also known as the Bible. In support of the assertion of inerrancy, Dr.’s Ed Hindson and Ergun Caner, in their book, The Popular Encyclopedia of Apologetics, write, “Though we no longer possess the original autographs (manuscripts), we can be confident that the Hebrew text of the Old Testament and the Greek test of the New Testament have been preserved with such accuracy and precision that our Bible today possesses full authority as the Word of God.” Therefore it is true that through proper analysis and study, any possible discrepancies in the scriptures can be explained away. I am in agreement with B.B. Warfield (as described by Erickson) and his “abstract approach” to apparent inconsistencies of the Bible as being “merely difficulties.” [4] The original text cannot be reconstructed but many manuscripts discovered allow scholars to reconstruct the original text with nearly 100 percent accuracy. Hindson and Caner write, “We can have certainty that our Bible today agrees with the original text in every central doctrine and teaching.”[5]

Perhaps the greatest proof of the Bible’s inerrancy is the fulfillment of many hundreds of prophecies written throughout, beginning in Genesis and concluding in the book of Revelation, with complete accuracy, in addition to those that are yet to come to pass. The predictions recorded in scripture could have only been known and revealed by an Omniscient God, Who, according to the prophet Isaiah, is “Declaring the end from the beginning, And from ancient times things which have not been done.” (Is 46:10)

Bibliography
Erickson, Millard J. Christian Theology. (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 1995), pg. 248
Ibid, pg. 256
Hindson, Ed, and Ergun Caner. “The Popular Encyclopedia of Apologetics.” In The Popular Encyclopedia of Apologetics, ( Eugene: Harvest House Publishers, 2008), pg. 107
Willmington, Harold L. Willmington’s Complete Guide to Bible Knowledge.( Wheaton: Tyndale House Publishers, 1993), pg. 53

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10 Responses to Examining The Inerrancy of Scripture

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