Article XI

Hello everyone and welcome back to Deeper Waters where we are diving into the ocean of truth. Tonight, we’re going to be continuing our look at Inerrancy and the ICBI statement on the topic. So far, we haven’t really found much that we’ve disagreed with. There’s no guarantee that we ever will. Nevertheless, hopefully this will be a look at Inerrancy that will increase our knowledge of the topic. We look tonight at Article XI which reads as follows:

We affirm that Scripture, having been given by divine inspiration, is infallible, so that, far from misleading us, it is true and reliable in all the matters it addresses.

We deny that it is possible for the Bible to be at the same time infallible and errant in its assertions. Infallibility and inerrancy may be distinguished, but not separated.

I agree that Scripture is by divine inspiration and is thus infallible. It is not meant to mislead us, but the problem is that we’re often great at misleading ourselves. Scripture is not an easy book to understand and too often we have been under the impression that just anyone can understand Scripture. Some parts I would say can be understood by anyone, but there is a lot that requires serious study in order to grasp.

This ought not surprise us. If you want to understand God’s creation in the body and how to heal it, you spend several years in study to be a doctor. If you want to study the heavens, you spend several years studying astronomy. If you want to know about the planet beneath our feet, then you will spend much time studying geology. Any area requires in-depth study in order to be knowledgeable on it and understand it beyond the level of the layman. Why expect Scripture to be different?

If we want to know what God means in a certain part of Scripture, then the idea is for us to be disciples. Disciples do not wait for their master to spoon feed them everything that they need to know. Instead, disciples are actively studying to know all that they can. The master is usually a guide helping to ask the right questions so that the student can find on his own. We all know about the proverb that if you give a man a fish you feed him for a day, but if you teach him how to fish, you feed him for a lifetime. It is the same with teaching him how to think. The good teacher does not tell the student what to think but rather guides the student into how best to think, even if those conclusions might disagree with the teacher.

Thus, as we wrap up this look at Article XI of the statement on biblical Inerrancy, once again, I do not have a problem with it. I think that the Bible is true in whatever it is that it is teaching. The only problem it seems comes when we think our teachings are infallible and inerrant. That belongs to the text alone.

We shall continue next time.

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