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“The Bible, when correctly interpreted in light of the level to which culture and the means of communication had developed at the time it was written, and in view of the purposes for which it was given, is fully truthful in all that it affirms” (Erikson, pg. 63). “By this (Inerrancy) we mean that it is without error in the original manuscripts. It is inerrant in all that it affirms, whether in historical, scientific, moral, or doctrinal matters. Inerrancy extends to all Scripture and is not limited to certain teachings of Scripture. (Thiessen, H. (1979). Lectures in Systematic Theology (2nd ed., p. 62). Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans.) I. Various Conceptions of Inerrancy ( Erickson p60-61) A. Absolute Inerrancy Holds that the Bible, which includes rather detailed treatment of matters both scientific and historical, is fully true B. Full Inerrancy Holds that the Bible is completely true The Bible’s primary purpose is not to give scientific or historical data but the scientific and historical assertions it does provide are completely true C. Limited Inerrancy Only the teachings in the Bible that are important doctrines such as salvation are inerrant and infallible II. The Importance of Inerrancy ( Erickson p61-62) A. Theological Importance Authors claim that it is the Word of God. The inspiration of the Bible. God is Omniscient – knows all God is Omnipotent – all powerful Chapter 6 – The Dependability of God’s Word: Inerrancy God’s Word - Inerrancy Chapter SIX- Erickson 3 rd Ed 1
B. Historical Importance The belief and evidence that the Bible is trustworthy C. Epistemological Importance “Since our basis for holding to the truth of any theological proposition is that the Bible teaches it, it is of utmost importance that the Bible be found truthful in all of its assertions. (Erickson p.62) How can we Know and Demonstrate that the Bible as the Word of God is reliable? (Please refer to the document) Geisler, N. (2004). How can we know the Bible is the Word of God. A Religion Profile from International Students Inc. . Chapter 6 – The Dependability of God’s Word: Inerrancy 2
III. Defining Inerrancy “The Bible, when correctly interpreted in light of the level to which culture and the means of communication had developed at the time it was written, and in view of the purposes for which it was given, is fully truthful in all that it affirms” (Erikson, pg. 63). “By this (Inerrancy) we mean that it is without error in the original manuscripts. It is inerrant in all that it affirms, whether in historical, scientific, moral, or doctrinal matters. Inerrancy extends to all Scripture and is not limited to certain teachings of Scripture. (Thiessen, H. (1979). Lectures in Systematic Theology (2nd ed., p. 62). Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans.) 1. Inerrancy pertains to what is affirmed or asserted rather than what is merely reported.

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