Inspiration of the Bible

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Essay on Topic: Short Essay on Inerrancy and Inspiration There is an increasing debate as to the reliability and authority of the Bible. This debate is crucial for those of us that trust in the Bible regarding our salvation. To say the Bible is authoritative implies that it has a right and power to communicate its message for the purpose of directing us in every facet of temporal and eternal life. This “authority” must come from a source that holds a position powerful enough to provide such an endorsement. The Bible has such a source of authority, God. This is what is commonly known as divine inspiration. Divine inspiration is “the guidance or influence of the Holy Spirit on the human writers of Scripture so that God controlled them in such a way that what they wrote was exactly what God wanted them to write without error.” (Towns 2008) Support for this inspiration is revealed in scripture like II Timothy 3:16 “All scripture is God breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.” The term “God breathed” translates to mean “divinely breathed”. Elmer Towns notes “since breath is life, when God put His Spirit into the words of Scripture, He was also putting His life in Scripture.” (Towns 2008) God placed his endorsement of authority on the Holy Scriptures with his own breath and at the same time gave divine life to the Bible. Hebrews 4:12 “For the word of God is alive and active…” The Bible is authoritative due to divine inspiration, but what good would this authority be if what was written in the Bible was unreliable? We not only have Gods authority behind the Bible we also have Gods verity in the Bible. This is what is called inerrancy. Inerrancy is being unquestionably true and accurate and free from errors and mistakes. The Bible speaks of itself in such a way in Psalms 12:6 “And the words of the Lord are
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