Fact a Day: May 14th - Ankerberg Theological Research Institute, John Ankerberg Show

Fact a Day: May 14th

The Facts on the King James Only Debate (Harvest House, 1996) p. 38-39

 

If no translation is 100 percent perfect, how do we know we have an inerrant Bible?

 

Finally, the character of God Himself proves the inerrancy of Scripture:

1. Sovereign: A sovereign God is able to preserve the process of inspiration from error.
2. Righteousness: A righteous God is unable to inspire error.
3. Just: A just God could not be untruthful in asserting His word is inerrant. He would be unjust if He bore witness to errant Scripture as holy and true.
4. Love: A loving God would adequately provide for the spiritual health and safety of His people by inspiring an inerrant Word.
5. Eternal: An eternal God has had forever to determine the canon and means of inspiration (e.g., verbal, plenary) for His Word.
6. Omniscient: An omniscient God knows every contingency that might arise to inhibit inerrancy.
7. Omnipotent: An omnipotent God can effectively respond to every contingency and also preserve the transmission of His Word.
8. Omnipresent: An omnipresent God can initially reveal and inspire His Word and later illuminate it.
9. Immutable: An immutable God could never change His Word.
10. Veracity: A truthful God would not lie when He testifies about the inerrancy of His Word.
11. Merciful: A merciful God would not be unmerciful inspiring both truth and error and then having His people vainly attempt to find the parts that are true. He would not leave His people to such subjectivism and uncertainty.
12. Personal: A personal God can inspire verbally, with words, to insure effective communication.

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