Question: What does Inerrancy of Scripture mean?
a) The idea of inerrancy
The inerrancy of Scripture means that Scripture in the original manuscripts does not affirm anything that is contrary to fact.
i.e. the Bible always tells the truth about whatever it speaks about.
We have already noted that Jesus referred to the Old Testament many times and each time assumes truth.
Paul was able to say, “I believe everything that agrees with the Law and that is written in the Prophets” (Acts 24:14)
“For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope” (Rom 15:4) – an all embracing coverage of Scripture.
b) Problems with Denial of Inerrancy
To deny the correctness of Scripture means:
- any and all of it becomes potentially unreliable
- it is impossible to know where to draw the line
- it becomes a matter of human arbitration as to where to draw the line
- we can believe nothing with certainty.
c) Faith is Built on Evidence
We are mindful that to come to a belief in the inerrancy or correctness of Scripture requires but as the Bible itself says, “faith comes by hearing”.
Faith is in fact built on evidence – the evidence of God’s voice, which the more and more we read the Scriptures, the more we sense we are discerning God’s voice through them, and the more certain we become of their reliance and authority.
The writer to the Hebrews said,
“Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” (Heb 11:1).
This is one of the strange things about faith:
- we need to come with an open mind as to the possibilities
- we need to examine (read) the evidence (Scriptures)
- as we do so more and more, we find a growing assurance that what we have before us is certain.