Short Essay on Inspiration and Inerrancy of the Bible

873 Words Dec 3rd, 2012 4 Pages
David Brenneman
THEO201_D10_201230
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Short Essay on Inspiration and Inerrancy of the Bible The inspiration and inerrancy of the Bible is a critical topic to our Christian faith. If we are to understand the Bible and its commands on how to live and be saved through faith, we need to be sure that we know how the Bible was written and whether or not the Bible is authoritative.
To say that the Bible has authority is to claim that the Bible is the very word of God. The Bible is the revelation of the Creator to His creation. In this sense, the authority of the Bible comes from God Himself. The word of God came to His people through the writings of Moses and the Prophets, and ultimately, the life of Jesus Christ. The
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While this is not the strongest argument for inerrancy, it is important. This line of thinking allows the reader to be able to discount any portion of the Bible as error, and therefore the Bible loses its authority.
The final argument is called the slippery slope argument. This argument is given by those who view the inerrancy of the Bible to be a fundamental truth of the Christian faith. If someone believes that the Bible is not inerrant, then it could lead to turning away from other doctrines of the faith. This is perhaps the weakest argument, as there are examples of theologians who do not consider the Bible to be inerrant, but have not given up on other doctrines.2
It is very important to understand that the Bible is the inspired Word of God. As such it has complete authority and infallibility. With this assurance, a Christian can live his life in such a way as to be confident of following God’s will. Not only that, but he or she can know, with full confidence, the path to salvation.

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Bibliography 1C.F.H. Henry, “Bible, Inspiration of” from “Evangelical Dictionary of Theology” pp. 159-163 2P.D. Feinberg, “Bible, Inerrancy and Infallibility of” from “Evangelical Dictionary of Theology” pp. 156-159 W.A. Elwell, “Evangelical Dictionary of Theology”, (1984, 2001), 2nd Ed., Baker Book House Company The Holy Bible, New International Version, (1973, 1978, 1984) International Bible

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