Short Essay of Inspiration and Inerrancy I study the Word of God, because I am passionate to know my Savior more. When you want to know more about a subject or about a person, you do research, and study to find out more about it. I want to know more about Jesus and his redemption story. Most times, when you want to know the truth, you go straight to the source, so the bible would be that source for me. According to John 1:1 The Word has been around since the beginning and the Word was with God and the Word was God.
So going to the Bible is actually going to the source, to explore who God is. According to II Timothy 3:16, All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness. In other versions is says, All Scripture is God-Breathed. As we talk about inspiration, Elwell defines inspiration as a supernatural influence of the Holy Spirit upon divinely chosen agents in consequence of which their writings become trustworthy and authoritative.
I stated above what II Timothy 3:16 states, so if we are using this definition, we cannot argue that God is the author of scripture. The inspiration of the scripture is how God breathed the thoughts and words into those chosen by Him to write the scriptures. The inspiration of the bible is proven more and also works hand in hand with inerrancy of the scripture. My definition of inerrancy is without error, truth, fact and not fiction, something you can believe.
We read in Scripture that truth is an attribute of God (Jeremiah 10:10; John 1:14; 14:6; 17:3), and that God speaks truthfully – that is, He does not lie (Numbers 23:19; 1 Samuel 15:29; Titus 1:2; Romans 3:3-4). So as I review the four arguments for inerrancy, Biblical inerrancy is the strongest of the four arguments. As Elwell states the scripture needs no other argument, the scriptures show its own inspiration, determines itself from false prophets, show authority, supports it’s inerrancy and finally references God’s character.
Although I don’t believe we need any other argument, the people we witness to need a better argument, so I will discuss those as well. The next most relevant argument is the historical argument. It never fails when entering into a debate about anything, we all start bringing up things in the past (history), whether it be, political things, sports arguments, or even biblical arguments. This argument takes history into consideration to prove the inerrancy of the scriptures, even takes former theologians and church leaders into consideration.
The final two arguments to me are very weak and I am unsure how we would even consider these to be a legitimate argument. First the Epistemological arguments needs to be justified even if the belief is true, and must be without doubt, my thought on this argument, eliminates any faith and you still have to refer to the Biblical and historical argument to provide support for this one. The final argument is that of the slippery slope.
The slippery slope is a logical argument that is all about action and chain reaction, meaning, we are headed down a slippery slope when we start on this argument and will increase error. If we look at scripture we will find that God is True (Romans 3:4) God breathed out the scriptures (II Timothy 3:16) and so we can conclude that that the scriptures are true (John 17:17). This is a great example of how inspiration and inerrancy work together. Most will say when you can show inerrancy you can prove inspiration.
You can’t have one without the other when speaking on the inspiration and inerrancy of the scriptures. The Word is Truth , and God is Truth, and God breathed the scriptures into existence. I believe we as Christians should know the scriptures, and know how to defend it (apologetics). If we cannot prove the inerrancy and inspiration, why then, would anyone listen or believe us. I believe the Bible is God’s redemption story, told by those chosen by the Lord.
God inspired these men to tell His story the way He wanted to be told. Although technically The bible doesn’t need us to prove anything, God through the Holy Spirit, gives us the wisdom and the knowledge to bring others to Christ, or just to bring others closer to Christ. Word Count : 730 Bibliography Elwell, A. Walter, ed. Evangelical Dictionary of Theology: Second Edition. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, 2001. (153-163)(1242-1244). Towns, Elmer L. Theology for Today. Mason, Ohio: Cengage Learning (44-91).