Summary: Only 26% of the adult population believes that the Bible, the Word of God, is inspired, is infallible and is inerrant. These three aspects are vitally important in understanding the Bible.
The Holy Bible was written over a fifteen-hundred year span, by forty different authors from every walk of life. It was written by kings, servants, fishermen, poets, doctors, herdsmen and even a tax collector. It was written on three different continents, Europe, Asia and Africa in sixteen different countries and in three different languages, Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek. Throughout the books of the Bible from Genesis to Revelation we find unity in the message. Simply stated, God created the heavens and the earth and everything in it. God created man to have relationship with Him. Man broke his relationship with God through sin and God offers reconciliation to man through Jesus Christ.
How can we find a united theme in sixty-six books written over fifteen-hundred years, by forty diverse people? By understanding that the Bible is the inerrant, infallible Word of God who inspired each author to record what God wanted us to know through His Scriptures. There can be no other explanation. Without inspiration from God, this would be an impossible accomplishment for man.
Inerrancy: The idea that when all the facts are known, the Bible (in its autographs, that is, the original writings), properly interpreted in light of the culture and the means of communication that had developed by the time of its composition, is completely true in all that it affirms, to the degree of precision intended by the author’s purpose, in all matters relating to God and His creation.
Infallibility: The view that the Bible is incapable of error and cannot deceive or mislead. Some contemporary scholars want to apply the term infallible only to the message of the Bible to avoid the affirmation that the Bible is also truthful in matters relating to history, geography, and related matters. The meaning given to infallible is consistent with the classical meaning of the term, not with the revised meaning of some contemporary scholars.
Inspiration: The superintending influence of the Holy Spirit exerted on the Biblical writers, so that the accent and interpretation of God’s revelation have been recorded as God intended, so that the Bible is actually the Word of God.
Understanding and further defining the term “Inspiration” is vitally important. We read in Genesis 1:1 that “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Reading further we know that God created light and divided it from the darkness, God created the land and the water. God created the stars in the heavens and all living things on earth, the greenery, seeds, plants, the animals, creeping things, the birds in the air, the fishes in the sea, and then He created man in His image. Genesis 1:26 “Then God said; Let Us make man in Our own image, according to Our likeness.” (The Trinity defined right from the start!) God gave man dominion over all of His creation because God created it all for us. And when God created man in His image, God also did something that would set us apart from all other living things. Genesis 2:7 “Then the Lord God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.” God breathed life into us and I believe God’s breath became our very soul.