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Inerrancy Of Scripture Essay

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We live in a time of forceful resistance to authority; this is an era that question every authority from the authority of the government, law enforcement, parents, teachers and the list goes on. Consequently though, this resistance do not limit itself to earthly authority but leant itself to spiritual authority as well. In a time like this, it is vital that those that bears the name Christian must define the central doctrines of their faith and without equivocation embrace the authority of God's word for what it is.
The eternal battle as to the inerrancy and infallibility between orthodoxy and orthopraxy demands significant attention and largely determines the positions on which a person ...view middle of the document...

Walter A. Elwell defines revelation as "the disclosure to all persons at all times and in all places by which humans come to know that God is and what he is like.‟1019 In other words, revelation is the act by which God gives us knowledge about himself, knowledge that we could never know without him. Embracing this revelation is the beginning of relationship with God. God is revealed to humanity through two specific means of revelation, general or natural revelation, and special revelation. With general revelation, God is revealed through creation and conscience. With special revelation, it is through the Scriptures and through Jesus Christ that God reveals himself.

What is meant by inspiration? According the Millard J. Erickson,“by inspiration we mean that the supernatural influence of the Holy Spirit upon the Scripture writers that rendered their accurate record of the revelation or that resulted in what they wrote actually being the Word of God." 2 Timothy 3:16 establishes the inspiration of the Bible, “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness.” Peter expands on this point in 2 Peter 1:21 “for no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.” Inspiration "the God-breathed" is the emphasis of scripture “the divine source and initiative rather than human genius or creativity.”
Inscripturation deals with the “period of time in which the entirety of the Scriptures came into being.” Therefore, from the original text, to redactional updating, through canonization, God has providentially governed the inscripturation process. The autographa (that is, the original copies of the writings that now form our Bibles) is not only God-breathed, but also holds inerrant, infallible and authoritative.

Infallibility means “the state of being incapable of error.” Elwell 605 As we can see in 2 Peter 1:19 "and we have the...

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