Name: Jonathan Gibson
Writing Style Used: APA
Course and Section Number: THEO 201-D20
Short Essay on Bibliology: Inerrancy and Inspiration of the Bible
Inerrancy and inspiration of the Bible are very hot topics, and they have been for a long time. Do you really believe the Bible is true? How can something written thousands of years ago tell me how to live my life today? Those some common questions that Christians are asked. Yes, I believe that the Bible is the inspired word of God and I believe that it is an excellent road map for our lives today.
God is the creator of both heaven and earth. If you believe this then you have to believe that the inspired word of God, the Bible, has complete authority over our lives. “As in the case of Christ, in whom both aspects of authority, the bestowed and the inherent, combined, so is it with the Bible. Because the Bible points beyond itself to God, it has a conferred authority. Yet the Bible has real authority in itself as the authentic embodiment of God’s self-disclosure.” (Elwell, p. 153)
The Bible is the inspired word of God. According to dictionary.com “to inspire is to fill or affect with a specified feeling or though.” The God of the universe inspired the thoughts that the authors of the Bible put on paper. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 says, “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God my be complete, equipped for every good work.” (ESV) This scripture does not suggest that God simply motivated or inspired the authors to write, it tells us that all scripture was breathed from God to the authors.
Inerrancy means that scripture is without error. We may not understand every detail or see it as perfect now, but when we are with God all will be revealed. We will find that the Bible is complete truth. Inerrancy is addressed many times in the Old Testament and New Testament. 1 Samuel 15:29,...