What does the Bible say about whether it contains error?

The question has come about whether the Bible says it is inerrant.

There may be passages which appear to contradict, but when interpreted correctly, in fact do not. But If God breathed Scripture, and God and His works are perfect, and He does not lie, and God is not a God of confusion, then for the Bible to have an error, including a contradiction, then either God made a mistake or God lied.  If the Bible can not be trusted in any one area, then how can we know in what areas it can be trusted?

First, we have to see that the Bible teaches it is breathed out by God:

All scripture is breathed out (inspired) by God, 2 Timothy 3:16-17

16 All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; 17 so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.

Jesus said in Matthew 5:48 that God is perfect.

8 Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

Next, we see that God’s works are perfect, Deuteronomy 32:4

4 “The Rock! His work is perfect, For all His ways are just; A God of faithfulness and without injustice,
Righteous and upright is He.

The LORD is a God of knowledge,  1 Samuel 2:3

3 Boast no more so very proudly, Do not let arrogance come out of your mouth; For the LORD is a God of knowledge, And with Him actions are weighed

God’s understanding is infinite, Psalm 147:5

5 Great is our Lord and abundant in strength;  His understanding is infinite.

God’s will is perfect, Romans 12:2

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.

The Law of the Lord is perfect, Psalm 19:7

7 The law of the LORD is perfect, restoring the soul; The testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple.

God is not a god of confusion, 1 Corinthians 14:33

33 for God is not a God of confusion but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints.

God does not say things that are not true:

2 Samuel 7:28

28 Now, O Lord GOD, You are God, and Your words are truth, and You have promised this good thing to Your servant.

Psalm 12:6

6 The words of the LORD are pure words; As silver tried in a furnace on the earth, refined seven times.

It is impossible for God to lie, Hebrews 6:18

18 so that by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have taken refuge would have strong encouragement to take hold of the hope set before us.

Not only that, but we see from Scripture that God’s way is blameless.

Psalm 18:30

 30 As for God, His way is blameless; The word of the LORD is tried; He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him.

God is so great we can’t know how great He is.

Psalms 145:3

3 Great is the LORD, and highly to be praised, And His greatness is unsearchable.

God does not repent, but makes good what He says He will do – Numbers 23:19

19 “God is not a man, that He should lie, Nor a son of man, that He should repent;  Has He said, and will He not do it? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?

God causes all things to work together for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose.

Romans 8:28

And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.

If God’s understanding in infinite, and His way is blameless, and his greatness is unsearchable, then God makes no mistakes.

Not only that, but we see from Scripture, that Jesus trusted the Scriptures.

Matthew 4:1-11

 1 Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 2And after He had fasted forty days and forty nights, He then became hungry. 3 And the tempter came and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.” 4 But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘MAN SHALL NOT LIVE ON BREAD ALONE, BUT ON EVERY WORD THAT PROCEEDS OUT OF THE MOUTH OF GOD.’”

 5 Then the devil *took Him into the holy city and had Him stand on the pinnacle of the temple, 6 and *said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down; for it is written,

   ‘HE WILL COMMAND HIS ANGELS CONCERNING YOU’;

   and

   ‘ON their HANDS THEY WILL BEAR YOU UP,
SO THAT YOU WILL NOT STRIKE YOUR FOOT AGAINST A STONE.’”

 7 Jesus said to him, “On the other hand, it is written, ‘YOU SHALL NOT PUT THE LORD YOUR GOD TO THE TEST.’”

 8 Again, the devil *took Him to a very high mountain and *showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory; 9 and he said to Him, “All these things I will give You, if You fall down and worship me.” 10 Then Jesus *said to him, “Go, Satan! For it is written, ‘YOU SHALL WORSHIP THE LORD YOUR GOD, AND SERVE HIM ONLY.’” 11 Then the devil *left Him; and behold, angels came and began to minister to Him.

Matthew 5:18

18 For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until all is accomplished.

The word of God can not be broken, indicating infallibility:

John 10:34-35

34 Jesus answered them, “Has it not been written in your Law, ‘I SAID, YOU ARE GODS’? 35 If he called them gods, to whom the word of God came (and the Scripture cannot be broken)

Jesus called scripture inspired (David in (inspired by) the Spirit): Matthew 22:43

43 He *said to them, “Then how does David in the Spirit call Him ‘Lord,’ saying,

Given all the above (God is perfect, His way is perfect, His word is perfect, etc), it is clear to me that if the Bible is God’s work and inspired by God, then it is free of error, including contradiction.

If Jesus could trust scripture, we can too.

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4 Responses

  1. When you get in the mud with a pig, you get dirty and the pig gets happy.

  2. I believe that one of the proofs of the inerrancy of the Bible is the fact that it has not taken out all the ”difficult” bits and tells it as it is. One or more criticisms of the Bible are that it is full of cruelty, blood baths, vice etc. Today we can virtually water down everything to man’s weakness or psychological disposition or ‘moral’ compromises and not personal responsibility and sinfulness. The Bible shows us what we are really like and how much we need a Rescuer. Thank God for Jesus Christ!

    • Winstone,

      Indeed. God has shown us how mankind is imperfect. Yet, God, who is perfect, has provided a rescuer – which we would never know about without the BIble God also provided.

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