Question #14:What is the relationship of “inspiration” to “inerrancy”?

Relationship of inspiration and inerrancy
Relationship of inspiration and inerrancy

Answer: I like what MacArthur writes about the relationship of inspiration to inerrancy: “If God is our ultimate authority and His character is flawless, and if He inspired the writers of Scripture to put down His thoughts while still allowing them freedom of personal expression, then the Bible is flawless and it becomes our ultimate authority–our only rule for faith and practice.” [Why Believe the Bible, (Glendale, CA: Regal Books, 1980), 9.] Ryrie explains that “Admittedly, the data of Scripture often includes approximations, free quotations, language of appearances, different accounts of the same occurrence…. the inerrancy of the Bible means simply that the Bible tells the truth” (Basic Theology, 82).


One-Minute Theology with Chaplain T features the question and answer portions of the Systematic Theology courses that were part of my seminary work at Piedmont Baptist Graduate School. I will be posting one Q & A everyday until my ordination council meeting set for February 2014.

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