Friday, February 8, 2013

Inspired Does Not Mean Without Error

In response to a recent letter saying the Bible has no errors, please consider the following.  Saint Paul wrote, “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.”
Notice there is no mention of “inerrancy” or “without error”. The key word is “useful”, a far softer and more humble word than “inerrant” or even “infallible”.  

The other key word used by Paul is “God-breathed”, sometimes translated “inspired”. This word is important because it gives scripture an authority and uniqueness beyond ordinary writings and books. Still, there is nothing in the word “God-breathed” or “inspired” that implies complete freedom from error.