Saturday, August 22, 2009

Objection to Biblical Inerrancy #11

After a summer break we now continue our series on Objections to Biblical Inerrancy.

Continued from Objection to Inerrancy #10

An eleventh objection to Biblical inerrancy is that the doctrine is irrelevant. “The Bible is only a book of myths, fables, and tales. Every culture has stories of great floods and miracles.”

The historical accuracy of the Bible has been and continues to be established by archaeology, linguistics, and secular historical documents. Since the Gospels are reliable history, and they contain Jesus’ claims about himself.

He claimed to be God (John 5:18; 10:30-33), that the Old Testament was the Word of God (Mark 7:6-13), and that he would be crucified and raised the third day (Matt 20:17-18; Mark 10:32-34; Luke 18:31-33). The historically accurate Gospels claim Jesus was resurrected from the dead. If he was resurrected, then Jesus is God, and God does not lie. Jesus said the Law was the Word of God (Mark 7:9-13) and that the entire Old Testament was inspired Scripture (Luke 24:25-27, 44-45). Jesus said the Scriptures cannot be broken (John 10:35).

The early church affirmed the Scripture as the word of God (2 Tim 3:15-16) and appealed to it as an authority (Acts 2). Peter, a Jew, calls Paul’s writing Scripture (2 Peter 3:14-16). Paul says Luke’s writings are Scripture on a par with the Old Testament (1 Tim 5:18). The church father Irenaus (2nd Century A.D.) mentions all the New Testament books as Scripture except Philemon and 3 John (He gave no reason for leaving them out. They were not contested books).

Therefore, it seems sufficient evidence to claim that the Scriptures are the Word of God and serve as a foundation of truth and guarantee of all other knowledge. That is, they are without error.

Continue on to Objection to Inerrancy #12

Also on Sunday in the South:
Objections to Biblical Inerrancy
#1 & #2, #3 & #4, #5, #6, #7, #8, #9, #10