“Telephone” is childhood game that you’re probably familiar with.
I remember sitting in a circle with other kids as we each took turns listening to a neighbor on one side of us whisper some silly message into our ear, then we passed along that information by whispering into the other neighbor’s ear.
Around the circle went the message until it got back to the original person who started it.
The bigger the circle, the more potential there was for the message to morph into something very different from what it was when it started.
Sometimes, a kid would intentionally change the message, just to be silly. The game vividly illustrated how easily stories change over time as they’re passed along, particularly in verbal exchanges.
I learned a lesson from playing that game. I developed a strong skepticism toward any information passed along to me through many people. The closer it came from the original source, the more I trusted it.
A basic doctrine of Christianity is the inerrancy of Scripture.
This means: what the Bible says is true.
“The inerrancy of Scripture in the original manuscripts does not affirm anything that is contrary to fact.” –Wayne Grudem
Melanie asked an important question in the last part of our doctrine series, How Do We Know the Bible is God’s Word?
She showed how the Bible unequivocally claims that, although human authors wrote the Scriptures, they did so under divine inspiration and that it is, indeed, God’s Word.
Are there any errors in the Scriptures?
Before we move on, let’s say we accept the premise that the Scriptures are God’s Word (I do).
Even so, how do we know that there aren’t any errors? After all, the Bible is an ancient book that has been translated many times over, going through one of the biggest games of “telephone”, ever. Hasn’t it?
First of all, let’s clarify that the doctrine of inerrancy is specific in two words, original manuscript.
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Each week, we will highlight and explain a core doctrine. Then, we will pose the question, “Why does this matter to you and me?”
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For the purposes of the study, our main texts will be first, the Bible, of course, and Wayne Grudem’s classic, Systematic Theology: An Introduction to Biblical Doctrine.
It is our prayer that by the end of 2017, we will all find more delight in understanding what we believe and why we believe it.
“…And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” Luke 10:27 (ESV)
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