WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS ABOUT THE BIBLE

Theology 101 is making sure my view on any subject matches Jesus’ view. Whatever view of the Bible we have should match His wherever possible. What was His view of the Bible?

Jesus said “every word” – not the ideas or the impressions those ideas make on our minds – came “from the mouth of God” (Matt 4:4; cf. 1 Cor 2:13Rev 22:19).

Every word coming from God is no different than saying Scripture is “God breathed” (2 Tim 3:16), making God the ultimate source of the Bible. This is the doctrine of verbal inspiration.

Inspiration is why Jesus called God’s Word “truth” (John 17:17; cf. Ps 119:142,150160Prov 30:5). When something is true that means it’s not...false.

If the sum of God’s Word is truth (Ps 119:160) then the sum of God’s Word is not false. In other words, if truth has no error and God’s Word is “truth” (as Jesus taught) then God’s Word has no errors, including contradictions.

Also, no one denies that the human authors of Scripture had limitations in knowledge and used their unique vocabularies and experiences in the production of their writings.

However, evangelicals have always denied that the works the biblical authors produced automatically had errors simply because they were written by humans.

Human beings spoke and wrote as they were “carried along by the Holy Spirit” (2 Pet 1:21), meaning He used their mouths to convey His message (see Acts 1:164:25).

If the Bible is “God-breathed,” then the Bible is both a human and a divine document. God “carried along” the authors so that they conveyed His exact words.

The Bible’s humanness did not override the supernatural, giving us human errors like contradictions. Why does humanness automatically mean everything we produce has errors—ever get 100% on a test? Why can’t its “supernaturalness” override its humanness, giving us no errors?

 

In the end, the Bible neither contains nor becomes the Word of God. It is the Word of God, coming from God Himself as the source, as the early Christians and Jesus Himself taught.

And, if every word came from God as the ultimate source (again, as Jesus taught), then it cannot contain errors. To say there are errors in the Bible is to say that God errs.

Pastor Jon Benzinger