The Word of God: The Inerrancy of Scripture

Posted: August 25, 2008 in Uncategorized

In earlier posts, we saw that the words of Scripture are the very words of God, who cannot lie or speak falsely (2 Sam. 7:28; Titus 1:2; Heb. 6:18), which means the Bible is inerrant and, therefore, the ultimate standard of truth (John 17:17). 

Dr. Grudem writes, “the inerrancy of Scripture means that Scripture in the original manuscripts does not affirm anything that is contrary to fact.” He continues, “This definition focuses on the question of truthfulness and falsehood in the language of Scripture.  The definition in simple terms just means that the Bible always tells the truth, and that it always tells the truth concerning everything it talks about.  This does not mean that the Bible tells us every fact there is to know about any one subject, but it affirms that what it does say about any subject is true.”

Professor Grudem rightly asserts that the Bible is inerrant despite its use of ordinary language like approximations (“inerrancy has to do with truthfulness, not with the degree of precision with which events are reported”) or its inclusion of loose or free quotations or even unusual grammatical construction.

There have been a number of objections to this doctrine not the least of which is the argument that it is misleading to talk about inerrancy in the original manuscripts because we do not possess original copies of the Biblical documents.  It is true that the argument does largely rest on the claims of Scripture itself but faith does enter the picture.

Moreover, in the end, any errors in the current manuscripts are minor, well known and normally noted in a good study Bible.  Yet, easily 99% of Scripture as we have it is inerrant and all of it can be trusted.  This is a great gift of God.

But even if it is true, can we all understand it? Do we need to learn Greek, Hebrew and Aramaic? More on that later.

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