#7153  The American Wisdom Series
Is the Bible Inerrant or is it Errant?

The Bible as written in the original manuscripts is without error, no matter what scientists and the biblically illiterate seminary professors have students of the Bible believing!

The purity of the church of Jesus Christ is at stake.Their is no place in the world where peace is not possible to achieve. Politically, even with Communists, Socially, even with the gay rights people, same sex marriage people and pro-abortion people, Religiously even with radical Muslims or any other religion that might wish to do us harm. All men need to do is capitulate to their demands, their peace, will come. But is their type of peace, without purity in Jesus Christ worth achieving?

Some people even though they themselves don't believe the Bible is inerrant, and still call themselves Christian, will say yes, to the question above. They being part  "Of the Go Along To Get Along Crowd". But, I contend that the Bible is indeed inerrant, and any peace that denies what the Bible, as written in the original manuscripts plainly teaches, is not worth achieving and will have to be answered for on judgment day.

Without a doubt those people make a case for errancy in the Bible in such a way that the biblically illiterate will fall for it.

The revelation of God has come down to us in two forms. There are two Words: the Word of God incarnate, Jesus Christ, and the Word of God written, The Bible. When we say the Bible is the Word of God , it makes no difference whether the writers of Scripture gained their information by direct revelation from God as in the case of the Book of Revelation, or whether they researched matters as Luke did, or whether they got their knowledge from extant sources, court records, or even by word of mouth. The question we must ask ourselves is whether what they wrote, wherever they may have secured  their knowledge, can be trusted.  This brings us to the doctrine of inspiration, which is clearly taught in the Bible itself.

The very nature of inspiration renders the Bible infallible, which means that it can not deceive us. It is inerrant in that it is not false, mistaken, or defective, as written in the original manuscripts. Inspiration extends to all parts of the written Word of God and it includes the guiding hand of the Holy Spirit even in the selection of the words of Scripture. It was written by human and divine agencies. It was the product of God and chosen men. The authors of Scripture retained their own styles of writing  and the Holy Spirit, operating within this human context, so superintended the writing of the Word of God that the end product was God's. The Bible is truly human and also truly divine, just as Jesus Christ is truly human and truly divine.

Inspiration involved infallibility from the start. God the Holy Spirit by nature cannot lie or tell a untruth.  The Holy Spirit was at work in the heart and mind of each original author of Scripture. These writers were guided in what they wrote so that they were preserved from error even as they communicated truth. Their thoughts and words were inspired by the Holy Spirit.

Inspiration is taught in Scripture

Our basic problem is we as human men, unaided by the Holy Spirit, do not and can not understand all of Scripture. Why? Because it is spiritually discerned, and the ability to discern what Scripture means without the aid of the Holy Spirit is beyond our mental capacity.  See  2 Timothy 3:16, 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.

But also know that Scripture must be correctly divided! 2 Timothy 2:15  Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

See 2 Peter 1:21  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.

1 Thessalonians 2:13  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.

1 Corinthians 14:37  If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord.

Galatians 1:11  But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man.
12  For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.

As you might expect there is mystery connected with a book written, when the words put down are the flowing together of the human and the divine thought. Actually it is a mystery only because it describes exceptional, not normal often happening occurrences. For example: The virgin conception of Christ in the womb of Mary, by the Holy Spirit. He was both human and divine. It is no more strange, that the Scripture as originally written, should be free of error than that the human Jesus born of the virgin Mary should be free from original sin. Such was not the case with the conception of Cain, by Satan in the "Garden of Eden" See Live Link to->>  Eve was not just any women, was she? She had a special purpose, as did Adam. and  Live Link to->>>  We know that at least two Kenites survived Noah's flood. Whether on the ark or in a part of the earth which was not flooded; I know not!
and Live Link to->>>  It was Satan who planted the tares in the "Garden of Eden"

Satan is Cain's father (Jesus told us that in John 8:44 when He was addressing the Scribes and Pharisees) and Cain is the ancestor of the Kenites, who were the scribes who did in fact corrupt some copied manuscripts. That is all the more reason you should be using and studying "The Companion Bible" with its Massorah protection of original manuscripts.
John 8:44  Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.

Live Link to->>>  The Kenites were the Scribes who were altering Scriptural manuscripts from the days of ancient Israel, even until the time Christ walked this earth.
Live Link to->>>  The Kenites are still changing/corrupting our late 20th
and our 21st century versions of the Bible

You can download the Companion Bible free
The Companion Bible (KJV) is the absolute BEST Study Bible that I know of. Each Book of the Bible is introduced, outlined and it's structure is shown. Every page of the text has a parallel column jammed packed with explanatory notes. Many of the Old Testament notes are based upon Ginzberg's collection of the Massorah (small writings in the margins of the original Hebrew texts to prevent errors and bring attention to corruption during copying). E. W. Bullinger, the Editor of The Companion Bible, was the only Christian Ginzberg allowed to help him with his collection of the Masoretic Notes or even to see them. This is the ONLY place I know where an English reader has access to this extremely enlightening material. Plus, the New Testament marginal notes are a great help to any Bible student, as well! Not to mention the virtual treasure trove of Bible knowledge available in the 198 appendices in the back of the book.     See Live links below:
Download a Companion Bible free at: http://www.companionbiblecondensed.com/  When you open the site click unto and download one book at a time unto your disk or hard drive.
and the appendix at: http://www.markfoster.net/rn/companion_bible_appendices.pdf
I believe you can still buy one from Artisan Publishers @ http://www.artisanpublishers.com  Yes I just checked their web site. They sell a hardcover addition, with tabs,for $65.00. Click open their links to Bibles
or You can also write to them  @ P.O.Box1529, 1409 West Shawnee, Muskogee, OK.74402
The Companion Bible contains notes directly from the Massorah text, pointing out any discrepancies from the original manuscripts.
Without the help of the Massorah you will not see "Men as Trees Walking" and therefore believe what you were probably told in church about Adam's and Eve's sin. Yes, I know, they told you it was eating a apple!  Without the Massorah you won't  know where the "Age of the Dinosaurs" fits into ancient history and where we were at the time and fit into that history of the world.

Live Link to->> Men as Trees Walking
Live Link to->> The Age of the Dinosaur
Live Link to->> Pre-Adamic Man

The Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired and is the record  of God's revelation of Himself to man. As put down in the original manuscripts it is a perfect treasure of divine instruction. It has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth, without a mixture of error, for its matter. It reveals the principles by which God judges us; and therefore is, and will remain to the end of the world, the true center of Christian union, and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and religious opinions should be tried.The criterion by which the Bible is to be interpreted is Jesus Christ.

The Scripture of the Old and new Testaments were given by inspiration of God and are the only sufficient, certain and authoritative rule of all saving knowledge, faith and obedience.

There are people who question the Bible. For the most this has nothing to do with inerrancy or errancy of the text.  These are people who refuse to accept that miracles happen. They therefore refuse to believe in the virgin conception of Christ. No reputable scientist can say that the virgin conception is impossible. Science is based on observation. The most that a true scientist can say about the virgin conception is this: "I do not know of any instance where it has occurred." WHAT HE CAN NOT SAY IS:"There can not be any virgin conception." For him to say the latter would get him out of science and into the area of the metaphysical. Then he has ceased being a scientist so all he can say is: "I do not  know of any evidence to support miracles." He can not say  that miracles are impossible without getting into metaphysics and out of science.

Discrepancies in Scripture

I  won't discount what critics raise about Scriptural errors. But I don't think their claims  offer any insoluble difficulties.  I don't say I can give a solution to every claim raised by them. However, I can say that most of their former claims have been solved and they have had to admit they were wrong to mistrust the Written Word time and again. But every time they are proved wrong they come up with a new issue. THEY ARE NEVER SATISFIED. It is apparent that their frame of mind is one of disbelief.
My thought is that the real difficulty is their  lack of faith, rather than evidence of true interpretation. Their unbelief  crops up again and again.

I do not know any evangelical believer in inerrancy who use it as a security blanket. He accepts it because it is is taught in Scripture, just as the virgin conception, the deity of Christ, and the bodily resurrection of Christ from the dead are taught in Scripture. The Scripture history does not demand credit, it demands faith.

Time and again archaeologists have made discoveries that have proved previously doubted Scripture to indeed be correct. Are there any errors in the Bible as originally written? Certainly not, so long as we are talking in terms of the purpose of the authors and the acceptable standards of precision of the day it was written. The truth shines through those type of errors.

It is my judgment that many so-called discrepancies will be resolved as evangelical scholars give their attention to them.  It would be foolish of me to claim that all  alleged discrepancies will be resolved on this side of eternity. Maybe they will, maybe not. But the absence of a solution  for even one remaining problem is no reason to suppose that there is no solution.

One thing is perfectly clear. Scripture itself claims to be inerrant. If we can not trust what Scripture say about itself, then perceived errors are a mood point. We have a much more serious problem!

God's great adversary is Satan

  God's great adversary is Satan who seeks to defeat the work of God always.To do this he clouds the minds of men through sin. We all see through a glass darkly and know only in part. God is glorified by the mind-set that attributes perfection rather than error to Scripture. In almost every case  this errancy mind-set  is  instilled in the theological seminaries, and as seminaries go, so go our churches.

Once errancy is accepted, it places the Bible in the same category with every other book ever written and something outside of the Bible becomes the judge of truth. Something, anything becomes truth's judge. Be sure in your mind that it is the Bible, as originally written than we can trust to test all other books against.

When Jesus Christ returns faith will turn into sight and what we do not know now we shall know then. And when all the mysteries of the Bible are unlocked, we shall see  what we have always believed---that the written Word of God is free from error.

So, in conclusion

When people say the Bible has errors what they really mean is they don't have faith!