The Doctrine of Inerrancy. “Everything in the Bible is true?”. Various conceptions of Inerrancy. Absolute Inerrancy. It holds that the Bible, which includes rather detailed treatment of matters both scientific and historical, is fully true. Full Inerrancy.
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Absolute Inerrancy It holds that the Bible, which includes rather detailed treatment of matters both scientific and historical, is fully true.
Full Inerrancy It holds that the Bible is completely true. While the Bible does not primarily aim to give scientific and historical data, such scientific and historical assertions as it does make are fully true.
Limited Inerrancy It holds that the Bible is inerrant and infallible in its salvific doctrinal references.
Inerrancy of Purpose It holds that the Bible inerrantly accomplishes its purpose. The purpose of the Biblical revelation is to bring people into personal fellowship with Christ and this is accomplished effectively.
Theological Importance Our view of inspiration (that all scriptures is “God-breathed”) logically entails the inerrancy of the Bible. Inerrancy is corollary of the doctrine of full inspiration.
Historical Importance The church has historically held to the inerrancy of the Bible. It means that down through the years of the history of the church, there is a general belief in the complete dependability of the Bible.
Epistemological Importance Historical and scientific propositions of the Bible must be proven true, otherwise it will affect doctrinal statements which we cannot verify.
Inerrancy Defined The Bible, when correctly interpreted in light of the level to which culture and the means of communication had developed at the time it was written, and in view of the purposes for which it was given, is fully truthful in all that it affirms.
“The inerrancy of the Bible means simply that the Bible tells the truth. Truth can and does include approximations, free quotations, language of appearances, and different accounts of the same event as long as those do not contradict.”
ABSOLUTE INERRANCY FULL INERRANCY LIMITED INERRANCY
Inerrancy pertains to what is affirmed or asserted rather than what is merely reported.
We must judge the truthfulness of Scripture in terms of what the statements meant in the cultural setting in which they were expressed.
The Bible’s assertions are fully true when judged in accordance with the purpose for which they were written.
Reports of historical events and scientific matters are in phenomenal rather than technical language. That is, the writer reports how things appear to the eye.
Difficulties in explaining the biblical text should not be prejudged as indications of error. It is better to wait for the remainder of the data to come in, with the confidence that if we had all the data, the problems could be resolved.
Inerrancy demands the account does not teach error or contradiction
Support for Inerrancyfrom the Teachings of Christ Its entirety (Matt. 4:4; 5:17-18) Its historicity (Matt. 19:3-5; Mark 10:6-8) Its reliability (Matt. 26:54) Its sufficiency (Luke 16:31) Its indestructibility (Matt. 5:17-18) Its unity (Luke 24:27, 44) Its inerrancy (Matt. 22:29; John 17:17) Its infallibility (John 10:35)