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Question of the Week: Is Scripture infallible?

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Q: Is Scripture infallible?

A: Let's start by understanding what we mean when we talk about the Bible as "inspired" because that word may mislead us. The term is an attempt to translate a word that occurs only once in the New Testament, and it's not the best translation, even though William Tyndale introduced it back in 1526.
The word is found in 2 Timothy 3:16 and is made from two Greek words, one being the word for God and the other referring to breath or wind. It is significant that the word is used passively in this case. God did not "breathe into" (inspire) all Scripture, but it was "breathed out" by God (expired). Thus, 2 Timothy 3:16 is not about how the Bible came to us but where it came from. The Scriptures are "God-breathed."
If "inspired" really means "God-breathed," then the claim of 2 Timothy 3:16 is that all Scripture, being God-breathed, is without error and therefore can be trusted completely. Since God cannot lie (Hebrews 6:18), He would cease to be God if He breathed out errors and contradictions, even in the smallest part. So long as we give theopneustos its real meaning, we shall not find it hard to understand the full inerrancy of the Bible.

Continue reading to learn more about how God's Word came to us and why we can trust it 100 percent.

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