Friday, February 29, 2008

Inerrancy of scripture

In my "Theological mutt" essay I failed to touch on one subject, the infallibility of Scripture.

I believe in infallibility, but I don't believe it is all to be taken literally. This isn't an extreme belief as every church doctrine choses some passages literally and some figurative, some poetic and others metaphoric. And then some are hyperbolic. Even dispensationalists, who claim to take scripture literally, do not do this.

We also can't take a passage and apply it to every situation. We can apply universal commissions and find the spirit of specific commissions. We must seek the intent of the author/speaker and how they intended the hearer/reader to understand it at the time it was proclaimed. If we do not do this, we pervert the scriptures and discombobulate its meaning.

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