The Bible's Inerrancy and Inspiration
In today’s society many people question why Christians study the Bible and how they can consider it to be authoritative. Society makes the Bible out to look like it is a made up book or some sort of fairy tale. Being able to argue that it is not a fairy tale, you have to consider the authority, inspiration, and inerrancy of the Bible as a whole.
Authority is "the power to give orders, make decisions: the power or right to direct or control someone or something"(Merriam-Webster). What does it mean to say that the Bible has authority, and from where does the authority of the Bible come from? In answering these questions we need to remember that the Bible is claimed to be written by God through forty-four different men and that it was written over a 1500-1600 year span. Therefore the Bible itself is the spoken words of God, showing His authority in print. "Because the Bible points beyond itself to God, it has a conferred authority. Yet the Bible has a real authority in itself as the authentic embodiment of God’s self-disclosure” (Elwell, pg. 153).
According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary inspiration is "something that makes someone want to do something or that gives someone an idea about what to do or create: a force or influence that inspires someone". God chose different people and influenced them by the Holy Spirit to write certain words. According to Walter A. Elwell, "the word theopneustos (2 Tim. 3:16), literally God-"spirated" or breathed out, affirms that the living God is the author of Scripture and that Scripture is the product of his creative breath"(pg. 160). The scriptures are inspired by God for the purpose of communicating to us in assorted means for a bunch of different reasons. Inspiration is best described in the scripture in which Elwell was referencing "breathed out", in 2 Timothy 3:16(AMP) says,
Every Scripture is God-breathed (given by His inspiration) and profitable for instruction,
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