As with this entire series on Blogging through my Seminary notes, I begin by summarizing what I was taught in seminary. Here is what I was taught about the Inerrancy of Scripture.
What the Inerrancy of Scripture Means
The most basic understanding of the Inerrancy of Scripture is that Scripture has “no error” or is “without error.”
This means that the Bible is a record of things as they actually were, and a true account of those things about which it speaks.
A more detailed definition is as follows:
Inerrancy is the doctrine that the Bible teaches no error of any kind, whether doctrinal, ethical, historical, or scientific. All of the teachings are in perfect harmony with reality.
Why we Should Expect Inerrancy
If God is perfect, and if God was behind the writing of Scripture (see posts on inspiration), then it is logical to believe that God made sure the Bible is a perfect record of what He wanted human authors to write.
Also, as fallen human beings, we need a reliable and accurate book upon which to depend for sure and certain truth. If the Bible contained errors, we would have no such foundation on which to stand. God, knowing this need, would have provided it in the Bible.
Limitations of Inerrancy
First, the doctrine of inerrancy allows for figures of speech, proper use of genre, and other literary conventions that were in use at the time the Bible was written.
Second, the Bible can contain false statements, but only when the Bible is accurately recording a lie or falsehood spoken by Satan, a false prophet, or some other being.
Third, inerrancy does not demand proper grammar, identical wording in parallel passages, the proper chronological ordering of events, exact quoting of Old Testament verses, or the use of modern scientific language.
Finally, where there do seem to be errors in regard to historical or scientific facts, there may be ways in which these seeming contradictions can be resolved that science, archaeology, or reason have not yet discovered.
What do you Think?
I will actually have one or two posts from my seminary class notes which present some good information. After that, I will raise some questions of my own about what I was taught.
Until then, what do you think of Inerrancy? Do you have doubts or issues with anything stated above? Why or why not? Is there something you would like to add to further defend, explain, or clarify the doctrine of Inerrancy?
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