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2Timothy 3:16 "All scripture is given by the inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17 That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works."

inspire (in spir'), v 1. to cause, urge, or influence to do something [The sunset inspired her to write a poem]   
2. to cause to have a certain feeling or thought  [Praise inspires us with confidence]   
3. to arouse or bring about [Her kindness inspired our love.]   
4. to do or make as if guided by some higher power [The Bible is an inspired book.]   
5. to breath in; inhale. -- (ref. Webster New World Dictionary).

2Pet. 1:20-21 "Knowing this first, that no prophecy of scripture is of any private interpretation.  21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost."
Job 32:8-11 "But there is a spirit in men: and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding. Great men are not always wise: neither do the aged understand judgment. Therefore I said, Hearken to me; I also will shew mine opinion. Behold, I wait for your words; I give ear to your reasons, whilst ye searched out what to say.
Proverbs 3:5 "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.”
2Cor. 13:8 "For we can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth.”
1John 5:20 "And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.  21 Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen.”

2Tim. 3:10-17 But thou hast fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, charity, patience, 11 Persecutions, afflictions, which came unto me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra; what persecutions I endured: but out of them all the Lord delivered me. 12 Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. 13 But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived. 14 But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; 15 And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. 16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

Definition of Inerrancy. – Inerrancy of the Scripture means that in its original writings the Bible contains no mistakes.
In the original languages in which it was written, it is absolutely infallible -- without error whatever.
This has been the position of all the confessions of the great evangelical churches down through the years.

In contrast to this, atheists, agnostics and liberal theologians have declared the Bible to be full of errors.
There are those who teach a "limited inerrancy," claiming the Bible to be inerrant in matters of faith and practice, but not necessarily so in scientific and historical matters.
The problem with this position is who is going to decide what is true and what is not?
If one cannot have a positive faith in the infallibility of the Bible, how can one speak with final authority when it comes to matters of eternity?

Why is this question so vitally important? Why cannot one come to the Bible as he does any other book? When he reads any other book, a man will take what he believes and leave that with which he is not in accord. Why cannot he do the same, as many are advocating, with the Bible?

 It claims to be inspired by God.
(2Tim. 3:16) "All scripture is given by inspiration of God."
(2Pet. 1:21) "For the prophecy came not in old times by the will of men, but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost."

The writers of the OT are most explicit in claiming they were speaking the Word of God. They claim 3,808 times to be transmitting the very words of God.
Moses: "Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish from it" (Deut. 4:2).
The Psalmist: "The law of the Lord is perfect, the testimony of the Lord is pure" (Ps. 19:7 NASB).
amuel: "The spirit of the Lord spake by me, and his word was in my tongue" (2Sam. 23:2).
Isaiah: "Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth, for the Lord hath spoken" (Isa. 1:2).
Jeremiah: “Whatsoever I command thee thou shalt speak…behold I have put my words in thy mouth" (Jer. 1:7,9).
Ezekiel: "Thou shalt speak my words unto them" (Ezk. 2:7), and “Speak with my words unto them" (Ezk. 3:4).
Each and all of these declared that they were speaking God's words. Thus the OT testifies concerning itself.

The NT writers also bear witness to the fact that the OT was God speaking.
(a) In the Gospels. "All this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophets" (Mt. 1:22).
"As he spake by the mouth of his holy prophets, which have been since the world began" (Lk. 1:70).
“For David himself said by the Holy Ghost...” (Mk. 12:36).

(b) In the Epistles. The Apostles also gave their witness to the perfection’s of the Old Testament Scriptures.
Paul said of the Law that it was holy, and "the commandment, holy and righteous and good" (Rom. 7:12).
The writer of Hebrews regarded the Word of God as living and effectual, going so far as to judge even our feelings and innermost thoughts. (Heb. 4:12).
James describes the Word as “the perfect law of liberty" (Jas. 1:22-25). He regarded its complete authority when he issued the warning: “Think ye the scripture saith in vain?" (Jas. 4:5).
John brings the written revelation to a close with the words: For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: and if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.” (Rev. 22:18-19).

Thus, toward the beginning, (Dt. 4:2; 12:32), in the middle (Pro. 30:6), and at the end of the Scriptures (Rev. 22:18-19),

God warns against tampering with His Word, by adding to or taking from its message.
Jesus Christ Himself bore witness to the Scripture.
Christ specifically confirmed the whole of the OT.
He repeatedly based His arguments and exhortations on it.
He declared, "... one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled" (Mt. 5:18).
Discussing just one word with the Jews, He said, "The scripture cannot be broken" (John 10:35).
In Lk 24:44 Jesus said, “These are the words, which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the Law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms concerning me."
Jesus referred to many OT persons and events, and thus bore testimony to the authenticity and authority of the OT.
It is interesting to note, from the following list, that Jesus put His stamp of approval on some of the events and miracles of the OT which have always been under greatest question by the critics.

He approved the account of the following:
· Creation and marriage -- Matthew 19:5
· The Deluge and Noah's ark -- Luke 17:26,27
· The destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah -- Lk 17:28,29
· The destruction of Tyre and Sidon – Mat. 11:21,22
· Circumcision – John 7:22
· The Passover – Matthew 26:2
· The Law – John 7:19
· The Commandments – Matthew 19:7-9
· The Jewish law of divorce -- Matthew 19:7-9
· The fact of the burning bush -- Mark 12:26
· The type of Jonah and the great fish- Matthew 12:40
· The repentance of Ninevah -- Matthew 12:41
· The glory of Solomon – Matthew 6:29
· The Wisdom of Solomon – Matthew 12:42
· The Feast of Tabernacles -- John 7
· David eating the shewbread -- Matthew 12:3
· The priests profaning the Sabbath -- Matthew 12:5
· The heavens shut up in Elijah's day – Luke 4:25
· The story of Naaman the leper -- Luke 4:27
· The record of the brazen serpent -- John 3:14,15
· The murder of Abel and Zacharias -- Matthew 23:35
· The mission of Messiah -- Luke 4:16-21
· The mission of John the Baptist -- Matthew 17:10-13
· The mission of Elias -- Matthew 17:10-13
· Daniel and his great prophecy -- Matthew 24:15.

The Bible is a revelation of truths about which Man can never know apart from what it tells him.
Man asks: Who am I? From where did I come? Where am I going? What about immortality, Heaven, Hell, judgment, eternity?
What does Man know, what can he know apart from the Bible?
Many are virtually making their own god. What good is a god that a man can make himself? He does not need such. If he can make him, then man is bigger than his god, and so does not need him. No one, or no nation, has ever revealed a god such as the God of the Holy Scriptures.

Chafer says the Bible is infinite because it discloses truth concerning the Infinite God, infinite holiness, infinite sin, and infinite redemption. It seems to prove itself infinite, for “no human mind has fully comprehended its message or measured its values.”

The Christian is not embarrassed in the least that he cannot explain everything about God.
God would not be God if this were possible.
One never worships what he can understand.
It is only when he gets beyond the realm of his own comprehension that he bows his head and lifts his hands in Worship.
Who is Jesus? What is He like?
Can He do anything for the human soul?
Does He have anything vital to say to Mankind?
Does, indeed, Man's eternal soul's welfare depend upon Him?
Some would advocate that we do not worry about the infallibility of the Bible – just follow Jesus!
Some liberal teachers have said, “Christ alone is the Word of God! We believe without reservation in the Word of God, but it is Jesus alone Who is the Word."
This sounds very pious, but what does Man know about Jesus apart from what is revealed in the Bible?
Our total source of information about Him is in this Book.
If one cannot depend upon the Word for information about other things, then how can he be sure it is correct in what it tells us about Jesus?

Much of the uncertainty and unbelief in the Bible have come from the so-called scientists.
Because the inerrancy of the Bible is on the level of observable facts, it is most open to attacks from the skeptical and unbelieving scholars. Science has assumed an aura of authority and almost infallibility. Many have made a virtual god out of it.
The word "science" simply means "knowledge," and is to be neither worshipped nor feared. The significant thing about science is that it constantly has to change its conclusions as fresh facts come to life.
Scientific textbooks only a few years old are virtually out of date today, While the Bible has not had to be altered in the least degree over the thousands of years since it was written.
Why should one doubt a Book that has withstood the centuries, and every attack leveled against it, for sciences that have to be revised every few years?
The Bible is not a textbook of science, but it has never been proven wrong in any scientific fact.
The Genesis account of Creation still stands.

It is not in the scientific realm that the Bible demonstrates its greatest accuracy, but in the moral and spiritual realm.
Myer Pearlman concludes his section on Bibliology with the words: "Intellectual defenses of the Bible have their place; but after all, the best argument is the practical one. The Bible has worked. It has influenced civilizations, transformed lives, brought light, inspiration and comfort to millions. And its work continues.” 

And Scripture declares: “For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe" (1Thes. 2:13).

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