Inerrancy Part 2

One of the many attacks against inerrancy has been the idea that man is fallen and therefore his language is not capable of conveying divine information. Those attacks further state, man is not only sinful, but incapable of creating without error. R. C. Sproul states:

We, deny however, that it is necessary for men to err always and everywhere in what they say or write, even apart from inspiration. Because of divine inspiration and the superintendence of the Holy Spirit in the giving of sacred Scripture, the writings of the Bible are free from the normal tendencies and propensities of fallen men to distort the truth.[1]

Yes, the Bible does state that all men are fallen and full of sin (Romans 3:10, 23). Positionally it does not mean that since man is capable of sinning he must sin, many documents exist that are error free. Man was led by the Holy Spirit to record the inspirations given by God without error (2 Peter 1:21).

The next area of attack comes from the opinion that the language of the finite is incapable of transmitting the words of the infinite. J. I. Packer considers this position disconnected from the reality of linguistics. He further states, “Just as God chose undignified mortals to save, so he was ready to become undignified in both the incarnation and inspiration in order to bring about our salvation.”[2] God’s willingness to endure the incarnation and crucifixion shows he also was more than willing to humble himself to the language of the mortal.

[1] J. I. Packer, “The Adequacy of Language,” in Inerrancy, p. 217.

[2] R. C. Sproul, Can I Trust the Bible? (Orlando, FL: Reformation Trust Publishing, 2009), p. 28.

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