What do we mean when we say the New Testament is inspired?

March 2, 2010

saron mahari asks in Start a New Thread:

what do we mean when we say the new testament is inspired?

I personally find this to be a fascinating question, especially when directed at the non-errant crowd. The problem the non-errants have when claiming that the Bible is the “inspired Word of God” is their claim that the Bible’s divine inspiration is verbal, plenary inspiration – that is, they claim that every word in the Bible came directly from God. That leaves them in the unenviable position of explaining how there could be errors in the Bible, whether the errors were in the Hebrew and Greek autographs, or whether the errors crept in during transmission (an important concern because all humanity has are the copies).

But it’s not at all a prickly question for the majority of Christians (though interestingly, a good many non-errants charge that those who do not believe that the Bible is inerrant are not true Christians). For the majority of Christians, “inspiration” can be as non-substantive as a feeling or a hunch, or a realization of some sort. This type of inspiration would not at all conflict with our observation that the Bible contains errors, contradictions, and other inconsistencies.


God So Loved the World?

September 14, 2008

John 3:16 is a mainstay of Christian evangelism.  It is “salvation in a nutshell.”  The verse says:

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

God loved the world so much that he even sacrificed his Son (Jesus) for it.  And according to 1Jo 4:11, we ought to love what God loves:

Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.

So if God loved the world, and we ought to love what God loves, then we ought to love the world.  But according to 1 John 2:15, if we love the world, then our love for the world indicates that God’s love isn’t in us (since presumably, if God’s love is in us, then we ought to love as God loves).  1 John 2:15 says:

Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

Does the Love of God dwell in you?  Do you love what God loves?  Do you love the world as God loves the world?

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