Name: Nathalie Graham
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Course and Section Number: THEO 201 D06
Short Essay on Inerrancy and Inspiration
For many the idea that the Bible could possibly be inspired or breathed in and have no fault or error in its teaching seems impossible. Yet, as Christians, this is what we believe. We believe that the Bible was written by prophecy that, “…came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost” (2 Peter 1:21 KJV). We also believe that there are no mistakes in the Bible because, “…His work is perfect” (Deuteronomy 32:4 KJV). While this may easy for a believer to understand, the unbeliever may require a more in-depth examination of inerrancy and inspiration. To claim that the Bible has authority denotes that it warrants obedience, (McDonald, p.153) not only obedience with what is recorded, but also with the truths it claims to make. The authority of the Bible comes from God who not only demands that it be obeyed, but gave His word an innate or inborn authority, “as the authentic embodiment of God’s self-disclosure” (McDonald, p.153). Inspiration indicates that there is some personal or divine will behind what is being inspired (Henry, p.160) and as Christians we believe that divine person to be God. The Bible records many incidents where men wrote as they were moved on by the Holy Ghost (2 Peter 1:21 KJV). 2 Timothy 3:16 (KJV) states that, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.” Inspiration means that God literally spirited or breathed out the words that were written (Henry, p.160). This alone affirms that God is the author of scripture. The Bible is not only inspired, but also inerrant which means that it is completely true, never false in all it affirms, without any errors in its original form, with no conflict in the end and is God breathed (Feinberg, p.156,...
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