Our view of the Bible is foundational to the rest of our beliefs.
Christians believe that the bible was inspired by God. However what do we mean by the inspiration of God? It is vital that we define our terms and do so biblical.
2 Peter 1 : 21 “For prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit”. God inspired man to write his word without violating their personalities through the holy spirit. Therefore our bibles are God’s word written by man. Man was the instrument God used to record his word. Since God inspired man to write the bible, the bible contains no mistakes or contradictions. Any mistakes we think are in the bible are our mistakes.
Psalm 19 : 7 “The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul; The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple;” Since the bible is God’s word and it’s impossible for God to lie (see numbers 23 : 19, Hebrews 6 : 18) then the bible is true in everything it proclaims.
2 Timothy 3 : 16 – 17 “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work” The bible alone is everything we need.
Theologians refer to these as the inspired words of God, the inerrant, infallibility and sufficiency of the bible. The authors were not inspired like a artist is inspired to paint a painting. Instead holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the holy spirit. The Greek term used means God Breathed.