Part 1: The Inerrancy and Divine Inspiration of Scripture

Christians today live in a world of confusion. From the time of our salvation to our decision to act upon it, we can no longer expect to attend church with the confidence that we will be fed with the Word of God toward our further growth as Christians. Instead, we face the peril of being led away from that Word along a diverse variety of dead-end pathways toward an immense dark pit of doubt, cynicism and alienation regarding God and His motives toward us.

Initially some of these paths may appear as attractive to us as Satan’s first words to Eve: we ourselves are gods; or God, being love, wishes only to endow us with wonderful lives full of riches and physical pleasure; or Jesus came to void the Old Testament with its harsh and difficult rules. Other trails to nowhere puff up man’s knowledge and control over his world, regarding Scripture as ridden with errors and inconsistencies; or that Scripture contradicts science, which, of course, represents the most valid information we possess; or that since we can now communicate with God by appealing directly to the Holy Spirit, we no longer need Scripture as a source of information about Him; or that the Gospels may be okay for the most part, but Paul’s letters are over-the-top, patriarchal and totally inappropriate; or that if God truly existed, the world wouldn’t be in the mess it’s in, people wouldn’t be suffering as they do, and most of the world wouldn’t be believing in other religions as they do; or that if God truly represented love, He wouldn’t be so exclusive: He’d provide a variety of ways that man can approach Him, including man’s sincere efforts to reach heaven on his own merit.

In virtually every modern community where Christianity is permitted there is a church that offers one or more of these assertions on a regular basis, all of which are contradictory to Scripture. At the root of all these philosophical errors is a common theme: Scripture itself is not to be trusted as representing the Word of God.

The God of our Judeo-Christian Scripture does indeed represent love, and in its most pure and awe-inspiring form; further, He is anything but alien; further still, He is the very embodiment of wisdom, truth and knowledge, reaching far beyond the science we now or ever can possess. The only reliable way that we can possibly understand our God is to accept Him as the Source of both our salvation and our knowledge and to digest the Scripture that He provided as the ultimate means for us to do so.

Fortunately, Jesus’ true Church exists apart from these many fallen churches. It consists of individuals who have accepted the salvation that Jesus freely offered to all by His work on the cross and His subsequent resurrection, and is identified by the common understanding that the Word of God in Scripture was written under the supervision of the Holy Spirit and as such is inerrant in substance. Members of the true Church have come to understand His love and truth ever more fully by absorbing His Word in Scripture, being aided in the process by the Holy Spirit. Their reasons for trusting in Scripture are excellent indeed, as this essay shows. Moreover, their trust shows in them as they, in their deep understanding of God and his purpose toward them, richly bear Christian fruit. The churches that they create and attend for support and fellowship are instantly recognizable by their Christian brothers and sisters.


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