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The Logic Behind Inerrancy

Feeding off my previous post, let me add this about the logic behind inerrancy.  Many critics claim that the Bible itself does not teach that it is inerrant.  I would disagree.  Again I point to the words of Jesus in John 10:35 where He said that God’s Word could not be broken.  Furthermore, Jesus affirmed the Old Testament as both trustworthy and true in all that it taught (Matthew 5:17-18).  Jesus affirmed many Old Testament events such as the existence of Adam and Eve (Matthew 19:4) or Jonah (Matthew 12:40-41).  Jesus embraced the Old Testament as the Word of God and He taught the Scriptures as if they were to be obeyed completely.

Further, let us think for a moment about the logic behind those of us who hold to inerrancy.  I hold to inerrancy because I believe several key points of theology.

First, I hold to the sovereignty of God.  I believe that God is omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent.  I believe that He controls all things and that He foreknows all free will events.  I believe that prophecy in the Old Testament (and New) proves that God is sovereign and that He knows all things from the promise of the Messiah in Genesis 3:15 to His promise to Abraham in Genesis 17:6-8.  God could even foreknow the names of future people such as in the case of Cyrus whom God would use to bring judgment upon His rebellious people (Isaiah 44:28-45:1).  When you consider the birth of the Messiah, you have to consider the fact that God sovereignly orchestrated the events so that the Messiah would be born in Bethlehem as He promised (Micah 5:2) and that the world would be in the political state it would be for the furtherance of the gospel (Galatians 4:1-6).  This would mean that God controls not just the religious state of ancient Israel but that He controls all nations as well (Proverbs 21:1).  God is sovereign over all!

So logically God could sovereignly guard His Word.  And why would He not?  If His Word reveals Himself to His creation so that we can know Him, love Him, worship Him, and obey Him as Lord, would it not logically follow that God would protect His Word from harm and error?  If the message of redemption is that important, would not God guard His Word from corruption knowing that Satan would love to corrupt His Word as we see him doing in Genesis 3:1 or Matthew 4:6?  Satan would love to corrupt the Word of God knowing that the Word brings salvation (John 10:10).  The sovereignty of God ensures that nothing will harm the Word of God because God watches over His Word (John 17:17).

Secondly, if God is what the Bible says about Him then it logically follows He would protect His Word because His Word honors Himself.  Scripture teaches that God is holy and true.  If error is found in His Word then can we trust God who the erroneous Bible claims is holy and true?  How can we say that the Bible has errors in history, science, etc. while saying that what it says about the God who is revealed in the Bible is true?  If Genesis 1-11 cannot be trusted then how can we trust that what the Bible reveals about God such as in 1 John 4:10 is true?  But if the Bible honors the Lord as it claims then would it not be logical that God would protect His Word knowing that His Word will be the true source for information about Him and His salvation?

I believe that logically the Bible is the inerrant and infallible Word of God.

Written by The Seeking Disciple

10/07/2012 at 10:59 AM

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