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Argument for Biblical Inspiration

Argument for Biblical Inspiration

 

1) The Bible Claims to be the Word of God.

·         I Cor. 2:6-14 (Paul regarded himself as an apostle of Christ, that Christ’s closest

followers considered Paul as speaking for Christ, and that the doctrine of Paul is consistent with what Christ spoke and what scripture in other places records. So to disagree with Paul is to disagree with Christ. Paul also affirmed that, in his capacity as an apostle, both the thoughts he proclaimed and the words by which he expressed his thoughts were not ultimately his but were more originally the Spirit’s thoughts and words. Paul’s statement here shows that it is not only appropriate but also actually necessary to speak of verbal inspiration.)

·         2 Pet. 3:15-16 (Perhaps the earliest example that the apostolic church regarded

the Pauline letters – or at least some of them – as Scripture. To reject Paul’s teaching was to do so in peril of your own destruction.

·         2 Tim. 3:16 (If Paul was only intending the Old Testament scripture for the “all”

then it would seem to conflict with Paul’s statements that he was writing according to the Spirit’s guiding as above.)

·         1 Pet. 1:10-12 (Here is an unmistakable affirmation that when the prophets, said

here to have been recipients of divine revelation, prophesied concerning future things, it was the Spirit of Christ in them who was predicting these things.)

·         2 Pet. 1:20-21 (Peter excludes human knowledge as the source of Scriptural

            prophecy, but the prophets spoke as they were borne along with the Spirit of God.)

 

2) All alternative explanations concerning the Bible’s claim that it is the Word of God, other than its truthfulness, are untenable.

·         The Bible ‘s claim that it is the Word of God is only occasional and accidental and therefore should not be taken seriously.

This claim is refuted by the many examples in scripture, as more than 3800 times in the Old Testament alone that it’s writers introduce their messages with such statements as “The Lord spoke”, or “The Lord says”.

·         The Bible’s claim that it is the Word of God is one among many other claims by the biblical writers that provide reason for skepticism about their credibility and therefore the claim under discussion lacks a priori credibility.

The biblical writers were credible in other areas and were completely aware of what they were saying when they made the claim of writing the Word of God: therefore the claim does not have a logical conclusion.

·         The third alternative explanation is that though biblical writers may have made the claim that the Bible is the Word of God, Jesus, the most important person in the Bible, did not or, if he did, he was only accommodating himself to the prevailing “erroneous view” of the biblical writers in order to gain a hearing for his own teaching.

Jesus did make claims that scripture was the Word of God, and there is no reason to think he was merely accommodating the biblical writers “erroneous view” to gain a hearing for his own teaching. Jesus often contradicted contemporary views that he considered erroneous. And nowhere do we read that Jesus communicated to his followers that he was only accommodating his view  to gain an audience, because if Jesus were accommodating to gain an audience then is would demonstrate deception on a critical point of scriptural authority.

·         A fourth claim advanced that the supernaturalism of the Bible is simply mythology. (This will shown to be false in later studies)

 

3) All attempts to refute the Bible’s claim that it is the Word of God by pitting against it specific so-called errors have failed.

            Lists of so-called errors in scripture have been shown to be lacking real merit in such works as John W. Haley’s Alleged Discrepancies of the Bible and Gleason L. Archer’s Encyclopedia of Biblical Difficulties. Gordon Clark states that “…to convict the Bible of inconsistency, there should be (1) several, (2) clear, and (3) important instances. But the unsolved instances are not many, and they are either unclear or unimportant. We are at liberty therefore to guess that they will not ultimately prove insoluble.”

 

4) Therefore, we may believe that the Bible is the Word of God.

            Not based solely on the propositions listed above but first because the Holy Spirit speaks to the regenerated mind that the scripture is the Word of God, and then the other reasons for believing such only fall in line with what the Spirit has confirmed.

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