Many Christians believe the Bible to be the inspired and inerrant word of God. But what does this really mean? By inspired do we actually mean God spoke directly to the writers and then directed the movements of their writing utensil across the papyri? Or do we mean the men were inspired some other way and still captured the inspiration of God’s teaching?
By inerrant do we mean the Bible is without error in all of its facets, or without error in doctrinal teaching? Is it without error in its many translations? Would it make the Bible less reliable if some historical information wasn’t 100% accurate or a date for a ruler was off by a few years? Does this somehow dispel the truth of Christ’s message or God’s overall revelatory news to the world? This hardly seems plausible. So how much scrutiny, that is, how much and what kinds of error and contradictions (if proven to have any) can the Bible sustain and yet still be considered the word of God? If somehow it could be proven scientifically or genetically that the Biblical Adam did not exist, does this somehow lend falsity to the resurrection story of Jesus of Nazareth? Does a historical Adam have to exist in order for the Genesis creation story to be true? To what end, if any, are we willing to grant the writers of the Bible some human fallibility, and perhaps literary license, in their efforts to portray the truth of God’s love to humanity? What sort of claims does the Bible make in regards to itself?
These are just some of the questions we will consider as the content is being built for this sub-topic. Thanks for your patience!