Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Biblical Inerrancy?

Chris Tilling has posted on Biblical inerrancy. See here and here and here for the posts and to follow the discussion. Only an Exiled Preacher has so far been prepared to argue the case for an inerrant Bible.

It seems that Biblical inerrancy is now something of an embarrassment to many who would consider themselves Theological conservatives. Iain Murray, in his Evangelicalism Divided (2000, Banner of Truth Trust) has a chapter on 'Intellectual Respectability' and Scripture. Murray argues that some have abandoned the older Evangelical doctrine of Scripture for the sake of academic respectability.

Murray writes,

It was not a passing quirk of the first century that Christianity was 'everywhere spoken against' (Acts 28:22). Certainly the gospel can penetrate academia. It has done so in the past. But it has never done so by a quiet coalescence within systems with which it is basically incompatible. Christians are not to be sheep in wolves' clothing. The Christian faith is rather at its strongest when its antagonism to unbelief is most definite, when its spirit is other-worldly, and when its whole trust is not 'in the wisdom of men but in the power of God'
(1 Cor 2:5).

Click here for an article on the Inerrancy and Infallibility of the Bible.

Psalm 19: 7-14 (ESV)

7The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul;the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple; 8the precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart;the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes; 9the fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever;the rules of the LORD are true, and righteous altogether. 10More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold;sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb. 11Moreover, by them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward.

12Who can discern his errors? Declare me innocent from hidden faults. 13Keep back your servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me!Then I shall be blameless, and innocent of great transgression.

14Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.

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