If you do not already know, this is a post that helps you the reader to become more acquainted with where I – the author of this site – stand on various topics and theological points. Keep reading to see where I stand on today’s topic.
I believe the Scriptures to be inerrant (without error) and an inspired work of God.
I am in lock-step agreement with the 1689 Baptist Confession of Faith on this topic (also called the 2nd London Baptist Confession)–specifically chapter 1.
This chapter of the confession includes a list of the 39 Old Testament (OT) and 27 New Testament (NT) books. The books known as the Apocrypha are historical books and beneficial in that right but not inspired works.
The inerrancy of the Scriptures is supported by but not limited to:
- The Scriptures themselves declare it inerrant. See Matthew 5:18, John 10:35
- The citing of Scripture by Scripture. Examples: Matt. 2:18 quoting Jeremiah 31:15; Matthew 21:5 and John 12:15 referring to Zechariah 9:9.
- The volume of manuscripts. There are over 9000 manuscripts and fragments of the Scriptures in various languages and the number keeps rising. There are over 5800 manuscripts and fragments of the New Testament (Koine Greek). No other text comes close to these figures without significant alterations.
- The character of God. See Hebrews 6:18, Titus 1:2
You may have noticed that I am talking about the inerrancy of Scripture itself which is what I believe to be the original meaning behind Scripture being inerrant. I am not saying that people’s interpretations are inerrant.
Note: I do these posts not because I think I’m somehow superior in my views or anything absurd like that but out of a desire to be up-front and honest with my readers as to where I stand. Otherwise, you’d be left to figure things out by reading between the lines and/or guessing.