Monday, March 12, 2007

Inspiration, infallibility, inerrancy

The Bible says that “all Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for correction, and for training in righteousness” (2 Tim. 3:16, ESV). That’s simple enough. So why do Christians use unbiblical words like “inerrancy” and “infallibility”? Those terms imply a standard of truth outside the Word. Inerrancy suggests the Bible is true because it contains no factual errors. Infallibility implies that history and science don’t contradict it.

But here’s the problem with that approach: the Word of God doesn’t need any outside verification. We don’t need history, archaeology, geology, astronomy, or any other human undertaking to “prove” the Scriptures are true. “The Word of God is living and active.” That’s proof enough.

(c) Copyright 2007, A. Milton Stanley

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