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Summary: John assures us that much more could have been written, but these are written, “that we might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing we might have life through his name”

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INTRODUCTION

There are various views of inspiration. The Bible says and shows about itself, a definition of divine inspiration can be formulated. The ultimate source of divine inspired God Himself for the Scripture are God “breathed” (inspired) by Him (2 Tim. 3:16): “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness.” (Matt. 4:4). Scripture did not originate from human impulse, “for prophecy never had it origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.” (2 Peter 1:20-21).

The answer is best understood in terms of what is meant by inspiration, whatever the Bible affirms what is true. In this case, there can be no degrees of inspiration any more than there can be degrees of truth: Something is either true or false. This message will define, explain and weight prospective strengthens and weakness from various inspiration theories.

Natural Inspiration

Natural inspiration is the understanding that writers of the Bible are individuals with exceptional insight were chosen by God to write the Bible. The biblical text represents the Scripture coming from God through men (2 Peter 1:20-21). This kind of inspiration can apply to books other than the Bible, “But the line of demarcation between Bible and other religious writings is not sharp and final as to establish a qualitative difference between all other writings and every part of the canonical Scriptures”

The strengths of this view suggest, those who are exceptional artists, musicians, and poets have produced masterpieces which have not been excelled. It is contended by spiritual insight because of their gifts, could write the Scriptures. Perhaps, the weakness of this view could prove to be true inspiration from men, then why cannot geniuses today write books that would be just as inspired as the books of the Bible. Such a view of inspiration does not, of course, include infallibility of the product. According to this theory, all direct and miraculous intervention of God in the affairs of the world is denied except in two cases.

The Creation of man, that is, of man the incarnation of Christ. Everything else, the Bible includes, is exclusively natural. Natural inspiration is the higher potency of what every man possesses in some degree. The overall view makes the Bible really no different from other inspirational religious of philosophical literature.

Barthian Inspiration

Barthians theories generally align themselves with the liberal school of biblical criticism. Yet they preach like evangelicals. Barthians embrace the strength that of liberalism regarding the Gospels, which teach that there are errors in those records. For, the Barthian, revelation is center in Jesus Christ. Perhaps, if He is the center of the circle of revelation, then the Bible stands on the periphery of that circle. Jesus is the word; however the Bible serves as a witness to the Word, Christ. Barthians charge evangelicals with holding a dictation view of inspiration.


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