The Question of Inerrancy

Believers can have confidence that the Bible is true from beginning to end.

2 Timothy 3:14-17

Pointing out “inconsistencies” has long been a popular pastime among critics of the Bible. Tragically, even some people in influential Christian positions hold the opinion that portions of Scripture aren’t inspired by God. Of course, these critics cannot agree upon which sections are inaccurate. Some would erase a phrase here and there, while others would toss out entire books.

This leaves Christians confused about the authority of Scripture, as they wonder which expert is most credible. I have the answer to that: Trust God as the final authority. The Sovereign of the universe had no trouble keeping Scripture pure. Reading the Bible as a whole document reveals that each part is consistent with every other. God allowed for writers’ differences in viewpoint, background, and vocabulary, which at times can give the appearance of discrepancy. But further study always reveals how the various parts fit together.

It’s critical for believers to trust in the inerrancy of the Scriptures. A flawed book could never tell us how to be saved because it would only be the product of man’s hand. But the Bible is the authoritative Word of God. His Spirit did the writing, no matter whose hand penned the message.