Question of the Week: What is Biblical Inerrancy and is it a non-negotiable?
The Bible is the primary way Christians believe that God has revealed Himself to mankind. Every non-negotiable belief of Christianity that sets us apart from cults and non-Christian religions; There is one God, God is Triune, and Salvation is through God’s grace alone, are all things we find in scripture. If the source of these three foundational truths of Christianity is faulty, then the very definition of Christianity itself is in question. Without the belief of Biblical Inerrancy, our understanding of God and His ability to reveal Himself to mankind is meaningless. Therefore, the belief in the Bible as Inerrant is a necessary belief for anyone who claims to take Christianity seriously. Biblical Inerrancy is the belief that God inspired, preserved, and communicated factually true statements about Himself and His interactions in human history. Biblical Inerrancy does not mean that textual variants can’t exist, that it will always agree with what’s popular in culture, or that it can’t be misrepresented by critics.
And so we have the prophetic word confirmed, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts; knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.
2 Peter 1:19-21 (NKJV)
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