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Friday, July 17, 2009

Notes from Dr. George Martin's "Biblical Basis of Christian Missions" class: Inerrancy

[Notice, these are NOT from the outline that Dr. Martin gave to the class, but are only an outline based on the lecture as I heard it.]

I. Definition:
A. "The Scriptures, in their original autographs, do not affirm anything that is contrary to fact."
B. "All Scripture is totally true and trustworthy" (BF&M 2000).
C. "Inerrancy" takes into account figures of speech, such as phenomenological language.
D. "Inerrancy" does not apply to grammatical errors.
E. "Inerrancy" does not indicate scientific precision (i.e., numbers might be rounded, information may be presented topically rather than chronologically, etc.).
F. "Inerrancy" does not preclude free citation (quotes from other texts may be summarized or restated).
G. "TRUE science and the Bible will not contradict one another."

II. Problems with denying inerrancy:
A. If the Bible is not inerrant, then what is our authority?
B. A denial of inerrancy exalts Man's opinions over God's revelation.
C. Error in minor details radically distorts the overall message of Scripture.



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