Inerrancy v. Figures of Speech

The basis of our faith is the Word of God. If we are to be confident and bold in our evangelism, we must first be assured our foundation is strong. It is fitting, then, that we start this study with an examination of the claim of inerrancy for the scriptures.

The Believers Study Bible notes state: “Secularists deny the inspiration of the Bible, choosing to believe it is merely a human book, written by fallible human authors. Unfortunately, even some professing Christians question its inspiration. But Bible-believing Christians have always held to the belief that the Bible is the inerrant Word of God.”

Scripture tells us to test what we hear to be sure it is from God.

I Thessalonians 5:20 Do not despise the words of prophets, 21 but test everything; hold fast to what is good; 22 abstain from every form of evil.

I John 4:6 We are from God. Whoever knows God listens to us, and whoever is not from God does not listen to us. From this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error.

If the scripture is our foundation it must be the basis on which we test what we hear.

  1. Cite scripture reference (s) claiming infallibility or inerrancy for the Holy Bible.
  2. How do we deal with differing translations? Once we begin to recognize the difficulty of translating ambiguous terms from the original Greek and Hebrew, do we open the floodgate to liberal translations?
  3. In legal documents there is a severability clause that allows the legitimacy of the document as a whole despite minor errors in certain sections. Why is it so important that each and every word of the Scripture be absolutely true and accurate in order for the Bible as a whole to be our guiding document? What is the purpose of Scripture?