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Reply to Lyle
It seems most likely that one’s position on the inerrancy of Scripture is most heavily influenced by their position on the inspiration of Scripture. Such is the case for me. I hold to the position that the Bible is fully inspired by God. I completely affirm the Bible’s own testimony of it’s inspired nature recorded in 2 Timothy 3:16, “All Scripture is [h]inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for [i]training in righteousness;” By means of verbal plenary inspiration, God the Holy Spirit guided human authors to record “the very words” He wished to include in His special, or particular, revelation to man. God’s superintendence continued in the careful preservation of His inspired Word, such that we can have the utmost confidence that our present Bible translations are completely faithful to the original manuscripts.
Thus, from a position of full inspiration, I vigorously affirm a position of full biblical inerrancy. I can no better express my own view of the inspiration and inerrancy of Scripture than the way it is stated in the Baptist Faith and Message 2000, ” The Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired and is God’s revelation of Himself to man. It is a perfect treasure of divine instruction. It has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth, without any mixture of error, for its matter. Therefore, all Scripture is totally true and trustworthy.” The statement that “all Scripture is totally true and trustworthy” draws criticism from those who point out obvious mathematical miscalculations or apparent discrepancies recorded in Scripture. The best answer to these “problems” is what is asserted by the author’s of our theology texts. The Bible was written as a book of mathematical principles, nor was it written to give precise answers to matters of biology, chemistry, or physics. The Bible is completely trustworthy when it comes to answering those questions it was written to address. Therefore it should be stressed that the Bible is true in all that it affirms. Furthermore it does not lead anyone into error. Where perceived contradictions arise, Erikson’s advice is certainly good to follow. He maintains that in those areas, we are best to acknowledge we do not yet have all the information concerning them. However, upon the day that all the facts are known, the Bible record will be proved true.
It is of the utmost importance for the Church today to adhere to a strong position of biblical inerrancy. In order to fulfill the Great Commission, we must be able to point people to the authority for which we compel them to follow Christ. This must the inerrant Word of God!
Reply to Mark
Numerous biblical references are interpreted as supportive to the notion of biblical inerrancy. And most believers also express full support to the notion of biblical infallibility. I wish I could too, and the topic is extremely important to me. As Erickson (194),noted, the Bible is a “corollary of the doctrine of full inspiration.” Biblical inerrancy makes complete sense; we should expect the scriptures that are inspired by God to be 100 percent accurate. However, what are we to do or think when modern scientific evidence points to apparent historical inaccuracies documented within the Bible. For example, a high profile controversy exists pertaining to the fall of Jericho story as told in the Bible. Credible scientist, using the most modern methods available have reportedly proven that Jericho was not fallen by the Israelites during their Exodus years. For example, John Garstang in the 1930’s, and later affirmed by Piotr Bienkowski, both respected scientist in their fields, have concluded “thatthe cities which the Bible records as having been destroyed by the Israelites were either uninhabited at the time, or, if destroyed, were destroyed at widely different times, not in one brief period.”Are we as Christians required to turn a blind eye to every scientific discovery that is contrary to biblical teachings? It is science that has advanced man in numerous ways. Believers might be about to over look one or two supposed biblical inaccuracies but at some point it becomes impossible.
Inerrancy is not a universal belief to many Christians. For example, “the Orthodox church continues to rely on councils as providers of biblical truths, the Latin Church has come to define the seat of infallibility as the papacy, while Protestants look to Scripture as the ultimate source of authority.” Warfield first developed the notion of limited inerrancy when describing the bible. Warfield determined that doctrine and theology of the Bible are inerrant, however, scientific and historical facts stated within the scriptures may not be inerrant.Erickson defines Limited inerrancy as believing that some scientific and historical material would have been beyond the understanding of the biblical writers and could have contained errors (as they would have been made known at a later point in history). Erickson, Millard J. Christian Theology. 3rd ed. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2013.
Israel Finkelstein; Neil Asher Silberman (2001). The Bible Unearthed: Archaeology’s New Vision of Ancient Israel and the Origin of Sacred Texts. Simon and Schuster. pp. 81–82.
Walter A. Elwell, Evangelical Dictionary of Theology. 2nd ed. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2001. 605
B.B., Warfield, Inspiration and Authority of the Bible
Erickson 2013, 249).