The Holy Bible is the Inspired and Infallible Word of God

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The next basic fundamental tenet that must be fully believed and accepted is that all of the Bible has come directly to us from God the Father through the Holy Spirit, and that all of it is totally infallible and inerrant as a result. Since all of the Bible has been totally inspired by the God through the Holy Spirit, this now makes all of the Bible totally infallible and inerrant since both God the Father and the Holy Spirit are totally perfect in Their actual personalities.

The Bible is the real Word of God. The Bible is God’s direct Word to all of us. As such, God has made sure to make all of it completely reliable, trustworthy, and truthful so we could all be totally dependent upon it for our daily living with Him.

Here are two key, powerful verses giving us this direct revelation that all of the Bible has been given direct to us by the inspiration of God Himself through the Holy Spirit:

  1. “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16)
  2. “… 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 1:20)

These two verses specifically tell us, without any other possible interpretation, that all of the Bible has been given to us by the “inspiration of God” through holy men who were “moved by the Holy Spirit” to write what they wrote! In other words – all of the words in the Bible have come directly to us from God the Father through the Holy Spirit. The specific authors of the Bible then wrote under the guidance, inspiration, and illumination of the Holy Spirit.

Again, if any church or denomination does not preach that all of the Bible is totally inspired by God, along with all of it being totally infallible and inerrant, then I would not trust that church and I would go to another one that does teach that all of the Bible is totally inspired by God the Father through the Holy Spirit, along with all of it being totally infallible and inerrant. I do not believe there is any slack with God the Father on this issue since the Bible is God’s only direct Word to all of us down here on this earth.

If our Bible is the real Word of God, then we can totally trust that God has given us a fully finished and completed piece of work. As such, all of it will be totally infallible and inerrant since all of it is coming direct from God Himself. If God Himself is totally perfect, then we can count that all of His Word to us will also be totally perfect.

In our Statement of Faith, we once again state that we believe that the Holy Bible is the inspired and infallible Word of God and that it was given to us by inspiration of God through the Holy Spirit for doctrine, reproof, correction, and instruction so that we may all be made complete and thoroughly equipped for every good work for the glory of God Himself.

This is part 9 of our 13 part series on the Basic Tenants of our Christian Faith.

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  1. The Bible is our excepted authority on matters of the Christian Faith. The Gospel message of the death, resurrection, blood and righteousness of Jesus brings us Salvation. The Bible is broken into sections, each reveal the gospel from a different perspective.

    Old Testament Books

    The books of the law reveal the righteousness of Christ and mans sinfulness,
    The books of History, how God moves in the life of his people,
    The books of Wisdom how how Gods methods and ways are better than our own means and guidance,
    The books of the Prophets, reveals Gods judgements, promises and heart towards us.

    These Books of the Old Testament written over thousands of years by various authors reveal the nature of God which perfectly matches the witness of God’s Gospel as presented in the New Testament.

    The New Testament

    The four different eye witness accounts give the gospel as Jesus presented it from multiple different perspectives.
    The Books of Acts given us a History of the early church learning how to live life following the Love and Grace of New covenant in the new Testament Era.
    The Epistles are letter from those that were closet to Jesus, guiding the church and others on difficult matters of Godly living, from wisdom they had learnt from the life and teachings of Jesus.
    The book of revelation is a Final word guiding us regarding the future of the Christian faith and all that we should expect to come in the last days.

    These all uniquely testify of the gospel. The life death and salvation of of man at the different stages in time and from very different perspectives. The Bible is a collect of inspired messages which was penned down on manuscripts and gathered together to reveal one cohesive Gospel message. Translations doesn’t lose the message alto it does take some smaller minor details away, they do not and cannot change the final outline of the gospel.

    The reason the Bible is considered inspired beyond the words spoken of good teachers today is simple this;

    The whole everyone agrees the different books (manuscripts) reveal the nature of God that relates to his gospel (saving message). We except these writings have changed live and have the authority and power of God to impact people for Gods Good. Our own word are still to, 1) be proven and 2) are not eye witnesses to what God has done. The books of the Bible are the first time account of how God revealed himself as the law giver, savour, god in the flesh, God moving through a peoples history, God first action in the church age and Gods first pastors and apostles to help Shepard the church.

    There are many details in the original Hebrew that are untranslatable into other languages. There are two letters in the first line of genesis chapter one i have never seen translated into other languages. Yet Jesus appears to refer to the fact when he state he is the Alpha and the omega, the first and last letter of the language he speaks, similar to the first and last letters in the Hebrew language commonly found the manuscript of the Old Testament. These point to the nature of God as the beginning and the end, an untranslatable sign.

    The bible is a self authentication book because its actually many books that work together in total harmony, written in multiple languages yet, together build one beautiful picture.

    The reformation is the reason for the scripture alone statements. God speaks through nature and natural laws and ultimately he speak to individuals. We get saved and them often discover the bible and our own experience of God match up.

  2. Question for the author: What about the book of Enoch? It is in the Ethiopian bible, but not ours. So, is it the word of God or not?
    Also, how do we know if we can trust the council of Nicaea? 325 AD is quite a while after those endorsing scriptures above were written. How do we know that we can trust their decisions about what to include or reject?

    • Enoch was unsaved but he did have the opportunity to hear the Gospel from Christ Himself. I hope that he is in Heaven now.

  3. Dear Michael Bradley,
    Please note: The Scriptures do not say that the Bible is “inspired”. Scripture does say that “All Scripture is “God breathed” (not “inspired). Some of man’s translations of the Scriptures mistranslated the word “θεόπνευστος” and claim it says “inspired”, however this misleads people. There is a difference between “inspired” and “God-breathed”. God said “θεόπνευστος”, so we shouldn’t change what God said and claim 2 Tim. 3:16 says “inspiration”. Therefore the statement, “without any other possible interpretation”, is erroneous. To used the word “inspiration” is an erroneous interpretation resulting from a misinterpretation.

    This accentuates the issue of, “Which Bible”. Are all “Bibles” “Inspired” or “God-breathed” ?
    Do all of man’s translations faithfully and accurately render the actual Word of God into the language they translate into ? Are some closer that others ? Are any translations of God’s Word a perfect translation of God’s Word, into the translated language ?
    Most conservative theologians agree that the evidence indicates that the originals are “completely reliable, trustworthy, and truthful”, however all translations of God’s Word into any other language cannot be considered a perfect translation of God’s Word. Translations can be very dependable, but not completely accurate.

    You said that your statement on the Bible, “must be fully believed and accepted”. Do you contend that this “must be fully believed and accepted” for salvation ? I hope I am misunderstanding you on this point. Christianity does not teach that the Bible “must be fully believed and accepted” in order to become a Christian. In fact, one could become a Christian without believing in the Bible, just as the early first century Christians did. They believed the Gospel from the witnesses of the Apostles as they told and taught the early Christians of the teachings of Jesus and their account of the death burial and resurrection of Jesus. Even today, people become God honoring Christians without ever having a Bible in a language that they understand. Saving power is in the Word of truth of the Gospel, not necessarily from the pages of a published book. This is not to say that they need no Bible in their heart language. Having a copy of the written word, even though translated into their language, is a reliable guide to help them grow and live a life honoring to God.
    DZ

    • Umm, but I do believe I have one that is pure and precise translation in the English Text given by inspiration of God. I have my in everyday use, the KJV. Well, you’ve got a bigger problem saying “the originals are “completely reliable, trustworthy, and truthful” why? Do own a copy of the originals? and that “..all translations of God’s Word into any other language cannot be considered a perfect translation of God’s Word.” attesting you don’t have one i.e. considered complete reliable, trustworthy and truthful English text. For accuracy, the God-breathed is entirely in error as far as the translation is concerned. God did not breath the scrolls and certainly not the translation. Scripture is given to us by inspiration.

    • You’re right. Salvation is through Christ alone. Forget The Bible. The Bible is for idol worshipers. Salvation is for people of faith. Ask God to forgive your separation from Him, and ask Jesus into your life. He is Lord.

  4. I was thinking about before. My thought process was something like this.
    The bible is said to be an infallible text that does not make mistakes. God is infallible and unerring. The bible states that God did not write the text personally. The bible states that human beings are fallible and capable of mistakes. The bible states that human beings wrote the bible. Therefore the bible cannot certainly be considered infallible or unerring.

    Then I looked this up and found some passages from the bible that state that The Holy Spirit worked through the 40 authors who wrote the bible and The Holy Spirit is infallible and cannot err. This, the bible claims, means that the bible is infallible and unerring. So my first thought after reading this was, how do we know that The Holy Spirit worked through these 40 authors? We know that it did because those authors tell us that it did. However, if all of those authors are human and therefore fallible and capable of erring, how do they know certainly that The Holy Spirit did in fact work through them?

    So to summarise the thought. We as fallible human beings can only know that The Holy Spirit did write the bible on the word of fallible beings who are capable of being wrong about the fact that they were imbued with The Holy Spirit.

    In all seriousness though I don’t need to be so pedantic about fallibility to make the point because it’s all bogus anyway.

    • God is in control of everything!! His message is kept preserved through men who have the Living Holy Spirit residing inside of them as they translated. God is Supernatural!!!!!!! Matter of fact we live in the Supernatural World that He created!! Look at the complexity of creation on this earth. It would be Supernatural if you were an adult and have never seen God’s creation before being kept in isolation half your life. Most people are desensitized to God’s magnificent creation. That being said God preserves His Word supernaturally!!!!! Yes words have been changed over time but the core messages have not!!

  5. I believe your interpretation of these two letters is unquestionably wrong. You make an assumption that all scripture that is contained within the modern bible is what Paul would consider “Prophetic” scripture, since he only makes the claim that the prophecies are the only portion of scripture that were undoubtedly the direct word of God. In his letter to Timothy we see that he believes all scripture is the divine inspiration of God, but does not make the same claim that all scripture is the same as prophecy. There are a terrible number of assumptions that you are making from these two pieces of Paul’s writings. You cannot use just these two pieces as the foundation for your claim that the Bible is the infallible word of God, for they do not in fact say that. You’ve elevated Paul’s letters to the same level as the scripture he mentions, giving them the same level of infallibility that you claim he gave to the rest of Scripture. We can look in the Bible to find examples of when inspired men did works that went against the will of God. From Moses to David we find righteousness is in fact fallible, and therefore to claim that the only time men of the Bible are not fallible is when they are writing it seems absurd to me. Another problem is that if Scripture is perfect and divine, and that is indeed a tenet of the Christian faith, than we have strayed very far from the teachings of Paul.

  6. Question: If Scripture identifies Jesus as the Word of God (John and Revelation), and the book of Hebrews adds the truth that Jesus is greater than all things: Creation, angels, the Law, Abraham and Moses, etc., how can an object of language–subject to sin as is all creation–be equivalent to Jesus.
    Scripture is inspired. Scripture is breathed out. Scripture is supernaturally preserved. But Scripture is not perfect. The crucial element to true revelation is not the words on a page, but how those words live in transformed lives. The blood of Jesus restored fellowship of God with man, and it is the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit that reveals truth. There are many witnesses; Creation, the Church, all that is good, and yes Scripture. We must not confuse the witness with the object; Jesus, The Word of God.

    • You are the only one speaking in these comments clear truth that considers the infallibility of man but the perfection of Christ and the true focus on attesting to the “POWER” of God’s word. “But without faith it is impossible to please God, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.”-Hebrews 11:6
      If I person is seeking division they will find it or create it in some manner. If on the other hand he/she seeks God and his truth that too will be revealed.
      Our concern as followers of Jesus should be to obey what we do know and what He taught us while having faith that a loving father (Abba) would not give us try to confuse or malign our thinking when we are truly devoted to seeking wisdom and understanding in His word. It is a blessing that God “chose” to use whatever means possible to communicate His love to “sinners.” We miss the blessing when we veer away from the personal and relational nature that he has chosen to embrace us with.
      I as a father will use whatever means available to demonstrate my love to my children be it I use pruning a tree together, modeling acceptance, patience, wisdom, gentleness or correction in the process. To conclude, our Heavenly Father loves us so much that he only will provide us with what we chose to accept. We simply need to follow what he has already imbibed us with. Respectfully, Justin L.

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