The Bible as we know it was translated over many years from the original Hebrew and Greek manuscripts. These original manuscripts are true (infallible) and without error (inerrant) since they were directly inspired by God. God can’t lie and does not make mistakes, so you can trust both what he has said, and the process by which he preserved his Word.
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So God has given both his promise and his oath. These two things are unchangeable because it is impossible for God to lie. Therefore, we who have fled to him for refuge can have great confidence as we hold to the hope that lies before us.
HEBREWS 6:18 NLT
All your words are true;
all your righteous laws are eternal.
God is not man, that he should lie,
or a son of man, that he should change his mind.
Has he said, and will he not do it?
Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it?
By no means! Let God be true though every one were a liar, as it is written, “That you may be justified in your words, and prevail when you are judged.”
of the Lord
purified in a
like gold refined
I believe inerrancy remains a helpful term because it makes an important claim about Scripture that reflects what Scripture claims about itself. It’s also a claim rooted in the character of the God who inspired the Bible’s words.
Men talk of all the “mistakes of Scripture.” I thank God that I have never met with any. Mistakes of translation there may be, for translators are men, but mistakes of the original Word there never can be, for the God who spoke it is infallible and so is every Word He speaks, and in that confidence we find delightful rest.| Source
It is easier
for heaven and earth
to pass away
one stroke of a letter
in the law
to drop out.
For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished.
“Every word of God is flawless; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him. Do not add to his words, or he will rebuke you and prove you a liar.”