DOCTRINE OF THE BIBLE
Ones attitude toward the Bible (Scriptures) determines his ability to understand and appreciate the doctrine it proclaims.
What is your stance on the inerrancy (error free) of the Bible?
Does the Bible have error in it?
If the Bible (KJV) has error, how few or how many are there?
A thought to ponder:
If the Bible has error how can I be sure?
That what is said of Jesus Christ is correct?
That what is said of the Holy Spirit is correct?
That the historical fall of man is true?
That what is said of Jonah is true?
That what is said of Noah, the flood, the Ark, and etc is true?
That what is said of Hell is correct?
That what Gen. 1:1 says is true?
That what Revelation 22:20 says is true?
Inerrancy (NO ERRORS) is a very important subject, to deny the Bible is error free or even the diluting of it will result in serious doctrinal and life errors.
There are many people who would say the Bible is inspired, but one finds very little uniformity as to what is meant by inspiration. Inspiration in the Greek means “divinely breathed on”. Once upon a time the following statement was all that was needed:
“I believe in the inspiration of the Bible”
But some did not extend inspiration to the text (words) of the Bible so it became necessary to say:
“I believe in the verbal inspiration of the Bible”
But some did not believe all parts of the Bible were inspired so it became necessary to say:
“I believe in the verbal, plenary (full, entire, complete, absolute) inspiration of the Bible”
But then some did not want to ascribe total accuracy to the Bible so it became necessary to say:
“I believe in the verbal, plenary, infallible, inerrant inspiration of the Bible”
But then “infallible” and “inerrant” began to be limited to matters of faith only, rather than embracing all that the Bible records so it became necessary to say:
“I believe in the verbal, plenary, infallible, unlimited inerrancy inspiration of the Bible”
Each addition to the basic statement arose because of an erroneous teaching. (Bad doctrine) The doctrine of inspiration is a teaching of the Bible itself, a conclusion derived from the data contained in it. And, whatever you may think of the Bible, it, like any other witness, has a right to testify on its own behalf.
A thought to ponder:
The scriptures were shaped as such:
REVELATION: From God to man (Man hears that what God wants written)
INSPIRATION: From man to paper (Man writes that which God wants written)
ILLUMINATION: From paper to heart (Man receives the light of that which God has written)