The Canon and Inspiration of the Bible - School Paper

The Canon of the Bible is something that has intrigued many since the time of its conception.  Many people desire to debate the Canon, claiming that books were left out, claiming that the inspired Word of God isn’t divinely orchestrated by God and other claims towards why it’s not possible for it to be the authoritative Word of God.  However, “the word “canon” comes from the Hebrew word qaneh and the Greek word kanon.”1 The Canon has been the topic of heated debate and personal comfort for people over the years and it will still remain in those two categories, but God is far beyond the Canon, God is the Author of the Bible.

 

Many people debate and criticize people for believing in the Word of God and having faith that God not only had it written, but that it works and makes an impact on the person and the lives connected to the person.  “The authority of the Bible is established by its own claims. It is the Word of God. Such declarations as “this is what The LORD says,” or its equivalent, occur so frequently in the OT that it can confidently be asserted that the whole account is dominated by the claim.”2 The Bible is God’s message to us, it describes how receive God, which is by Jesus Christ and His sacrifice and it describes how to maintain an intimate relationship with God. “The Gospel is in its central content and many aspects through the action of the Holy Spirit, is brought into written form by Christ’s appointees as God’s authoritative word for the church and in the world.”3

 

Inspiration is a subject that is normally the heat of the debate, because it has claims that only one with true faith could understand. Inspiration is something that is spoken of in the Word of God.  It has everything to do with faith and absolutely nothing to do with historical facts.  God’s Word states that “All scripture is given by inspiration of God”4 “Clearly this verse affirms God as the ultimate Author of all Scripture.”5 Elmer L. Towns says “Inspiration is the supernatural guidance of the writers of Scripture by the Spirit of God whereby they wrote the divine Word of God, transcribed accurately and reliably.”6 In the times of the New Testament Jesus often quoted biblical scripture which gives us a greater assurance that it is indeed the Word of God.  The fact that Jesus Christ began to speak on the Scriptures proves that they are needed, relevant and inerrant.  Jesus told us to “Search the scriptures for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.”7 Both the Old Testament and the New Testament state “Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God.”8 Jesus Christ is the focus all throughout the Bible from the beginning even to the end in the book of Revelation. 

 

Throughout history we can research and come to the conclusion that the records written of in the Word of God are accurate historically. We cannot begin to notice other people’s actions and claim the Bible is wrong based upon what they did or didn’t do when they claimed Jesus Christ, which is often a common excuse for other people not to come to Jesus for their soul salvation. The Bible is needed because it gives us a foundation on solid Biblical sound doctrine, which is needed to pursue God in all aspects of life. The question still remains, will we believe by faith?

 

The definition of inerrancy to me would be the fact that Jesus Christ was prophesied in the Word of God and all of the prophecies have been fulfilled except those that will come to fruition at His second coming.  The Bible has played a great part in my life, leading me to not only believe, but to desire a greater knowledge of God through the Bible. The evidence I would give is the capability and ability that God has worked in my life, thus proving that “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.”9

 

God desires for us to live a holy life, a life that is not perfect, but rather striving for Christ in a pursuit that is never ending.  Jesus Christ has His lifestyle written for us for the purpose of “leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps”10 and desires for us to “be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.”11 The truth of the matter is, regardless of what one believes towards the authenticity of the Bible it comes down to the question, do I have the faith to believe in Jesus Christ.

 

 

Bibliography

[1] Bill T. Arnold, Bryan E. Beyer. Encountering the Old Testament: A Christian Survey 2nd Edition. Grand Rapids, MI. 2008. Print. (p. 22)

 [2] Elwell, Walter A.  Evangelical Dictionary of Theology 2nd Edition, Grand Rapids, MI. 2001. Print. (p. 154)

[3] Elwell, Walter A.  Evangelical Dictionary of Theology 2nd Edition, Grand Rapids, MI. 2001. Print. (p. 154)

[4] 2 Timothy 3:16. The Holy Bible. King James Version.

[5] Bill T. Arnold, Bryan E. Beyer. Encountering the Old Testament: A Christian Survey 2nd Edition. Grand Rapids, MI. 2008. Print. [p. 24]

[6] Towns, Elmer L. Theology for Today, Mason, OH. 2008. Print. (p. 29)

[7] John 5:39. The Holy Bible. King James Version.

[8] Hebrews 10:7. The Holy Bible. King James Version.

[9] Hebrews 13:8. The Holy Bible. King James Version.

[10] 1 Peter 2:21. The Holy Bible. King James Version.

[11] 1 Timothy 4:12. The Holy Bible. King James Version.