What is Biblical Inerrancy? (part 5)
Why should we maintain the doctrine of inerrancy even in the light of problems? Let’s be clear, biblical difficulties remain, even for the Christian who affirms inerrancy . There are still passages in the Bible which we don’t quite know how to perfectly reconcile with other passages. This much must be admitted, and admitted up front.
I find that some who are put off by inerrancy usually either
a) don’t have a proper understanding of the doctrine,
b) have come across too many who affirm inerrancy but have a rather mechanical and oversimplified understanding of it.
Not caring enough to understand what inerrantists believe is an error (no pun intended). But pretending like Scripture has no rough patches or difficulties is equally an error. Ignoring or denying biblical difficulties doesn’t honor God, even when done with the otherwise godly motivation to uphold the authority of Scripture.
Christians who believe in the biblical inerrancy don’t adhere to the doctrine because they’ve solved all difficulties. We should affirm inerrancy because it is a natural implication of the Bible’s inspiration and truthfulness (see previous posts). That is to say, we affirm inerrancy because we’re convinced that it’s taught in Scripture, not because it’s been independently verified. It’s a theological doctrine, not an empirical doctrine. We believe in the deity of Jesus the Christ, not because we’ve solved the mystery of the hypostatic union, but rather because it’s affirmed by John, Paul, Isaiah, and others.
If we abandoned every tenet of the Christian faith that raises ‘problems’, we’d have very little left to defend, proclaim, and believe .