The Holy Bible claims inspiration. When the canon of the Bible was decided, one of the primary reasons for choosing or rejecting certain writings was whether or not it claimed inspiration from God. Of course, it did not have to specifically say, this book is inspired of God, but in some way let it be known. In fact many only have some statement such as, ‘and the Lord spoke to Moses’, etc. So let us probe into the inspiration so that we know exactly what it means and what it involves.
One of the most direct claims to inspiration is found in Paul’s second letter to Timothy. Let us read it:
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 perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works. (2 Timothy 3:16-17 KJV)
Paul, in writing to Timothy here uses the “all scripture” meaning all the biblical writings from God. Many of the later versions make this more obvious by putting it like this: “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness.” Notice that the “s” in the word scripture is capitalized, indicating that it is concerning the Holy Bible. Some versions even say: “All Scripture, inspired of God, is profitable for…”. This statement actually separates God’s words from secular writings, or script.
With that said, let us see what is involved in the term, inspired. It is not the meaning as is used by many people, such as a painter, when he sees a spectacular sunset, may be inspired to paint, or feel moved to do so. The term as used in the Bible, in the original Greek is: θεόπνευστος, ον, and translated is ‘theopneustos’ which literally means ‘God breathed’, or ‘inspired of God’. See this webpage.
Hopefully, we have shown with the above, that these writers were not just moved to write by emotion or similar reasons as is often meant. It is reported that Francis Scott Key was inspired by watching the sights of war in the early dawn of day, to write the Star Spangled Banner. But again, this is not the type of inspiration given to the writers of the Bible via the Holy Spirit dwelling in them and guiding their writings directly from God.
It is for this reason that any portion of the Bible which could be proven to be error, would nullify the fact of inspiration from an omniscient God. And it is the mere fact that for millennia, men have attempted to show such, and failed, which proves that it indeed is from God.
If the Bible is not inspired, then it could not serve as authoritative in matters of religion. (See 2 Timothy 3:16-17 quoted above) and also read this:
Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son. If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds. 2 John 1:9-11 KJV)
Many of the atheistic persuasion often state they have found numerous errors in the Holy Bible and yet Christians keep brushing them off as nonsense. The reason for that is, in fact, they are nonsense. Each and every so-called ‘error’ or ‘contradiction’ has been shown to be simply a failure of understanding what they have read. Not one has proven to be a true mistake. Many of them are slight mis-translations by the various translators, not by the original author. Others are from certain errors made by scribes who were involved in the hand writing of many copies of the original and early manuscripts. These have been relatively easy to disprove simply by checking other copied manuscripts which did not have the error. No, it is the unbeliever who brushes aside the facts, not the Christians.
The Holy Bible claims inspiration from Genesis 1, through the final chapter 22 of Revelation. Without any non-inspired thoughts. The apostle Peter gives assurrance that the Old Testament writers were inspired of God just as were those who wrote the New Testament:
For the prophecy came not in old time F4 by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. (2 Peter 1:21 KJV)
And here again, Peter’s terminology keeps the same for of inspiration. Moved as used here is translated from the Greek, ‘phero’ which has the meaning of bearing or carrying, so Peter is saying these writers were impelled or carried along by the Holy Spirit’s power, not of their own will, which he says.
There are many men today, some even pretending to be preachers…messengers of God, who say they cannot accept all the Bible as being inspired. They need to be ashamed to accept wages from Christians and teach such obvious error. If one cannot accept as much as one sentence of the Holy Bible as being the literal Word of God. They have their reward. “Without faith, it is impossible to please Him”. (Hebrews 11:6)