Plenary all of Scripture is inspired, not just parts of it ; Only the "Autographs" the original documents penned by the biblical authors are inspired; Because Scripture is inspired, it is inerrant; and Because Scripture is inspired and inerrant, it alone has final authority.
This means that God is the one who moved through the writers to communicate to us the words which God wanted us to hear. This inspiration, however, is not a dictation, but a movement of God's spirit through the writer, utilizing the personality and style of the writer.
Inerrancy means that all that is written in the inspired documents is without error. Now, there is a comment worth mentioning here. Inspiration and inerrancy applies to the original writings, not to the copies. In other words, it is the original writings that are without error. The copies, sadly, have copyist errors in them.
Therefore, when critics of the Bible point out apparent contradictionswhat they are doing is either failing to understand the context of the passages they are examining, or they have encountered a scribal copying error. The fact is that there are indeed copyist errors on the biblical documents and they account for many alleged contradictions.
Remember, it is the autographs original writings that are inspired and inerrant, not the copies. The copies we have now are copies of inspired documents. Does this then mean that we can't trust the Bible? The copies are so accurate that all of the biblical documents are This reduces any serious textual issues to a fraction of the 1.
Nevertheless, nothing affects doctrinal truths. In fact, nothing in ancient history even comes close to the accuracy of the New Testament documents. If the New Testament is disallowed, then all other documents of ancient history Plato, Aristotle, Homer, etc.
See the chart below for further information on this. Nevertheless, following is a list of the types of errors that have crept into the Bible: Dittography - Writing twice what should have been written once.
A good example would be writing "latter" instead of "later. Fission - Improperly dividing one word into two words.
A good example would be "later" instead of "latter. Homophony - Writing a word with a different meaning for another word when both words have the exact same pronunciation. Meat and meet have the exact same sound but different meanings.
Also, there and their and they're are another example.
Metathesis - An improper exchange in the order of letters. Instead of writing "mast," someone writes "mats," or "cast" and cats.
Inspiration comes from God and when He inspired the Bible, it was perfect. Our copies of the original documents are not perfect, but they are very close to being so. The critics often mistakenly assume that even the copies are supposed to be perfect. But when I point out that God never said the copies would be perfect, they then ask how can the Bible be trusted at all?
Quite simply, it is redundant in its facts and information sufficiently to guarantee accuracy. Compared to other ancient documents, the New Testament, for example, has far more textual evidence in its favor than any other ancient writing. Please consider the chart below.Finally, there is the inerrancy of Scripture.
Inerrancy is a natural outflow of infallibility in the traditional, orthodox sense. Since the authors could not err when writing Scripture, the bible contains no affirmations of anything that is contrary to fact.
Inerrancy is a quality of the original text of the bible. The International Council on Biblical Inerrancy (ICBI) was founded in specifically over concerns about the erosion of inerrancy. Christian leaders, theologians and pastors assembled together three times over the course of a decade to address the issue.
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Inerrancy and inspiration of the Bible, it is the autographs that are inspired and inerrant by Matt SlickThe Christian Church as a whole claims that the Bible is inspired and inerrant. This means that God is the one who moved through the writers to communicate to us the words which God wanted us to hear.
The Inspiration, Inerrancy, and Authority of the Bible by Ron Rhodes What Is Inspiration? When the questions of revelation and inspiration with regard to the Bible have been answered, the issue of authority will have been settled.
In other words, how one views revelation and inspiration will determine how he views the Bible's authority. The authority of the Bible is a natural outgrowth of the Bible as inspired revelation from God. As Robert Lightner puts it, When the questions of revelation and inspiration with regard to the Bible have been answered, the issue of authority will have been settled.