In the Book of Acts, chapter 24 verse 14 we are told that Paul believed “everything that was laid down by the Law and written in the Prophets.” This is the basis for a doctrine known as the Inerrancy of Scripture, which Wayne Grudem defines this way: “The Inerrancy of Scripture means that Scripture in the original manuscripts does not affirm anything that is contrary to fact.”
In order to grow closer to God, we have learn how to trust every detail recorded in the Bible. This is the application of the Inerrancy of Scripture; we understand God has a reason for everything written in the Bible, and all of the details were written to help us understand how God communicates with the people he has a relationship with.
There are also times when God communicates with people he does not have a relationship with, but I am going to skip over that for now – I will have more to say about this when we get to the text of the Bible itself.
This doctrine is important because there are some things we have been told that we may find hard to believe. There are a lot of people who think all of the miraculous things described in the Bible are all myths, but God expects His Church to know better.
The details in the Bible stories about miracles, healing, and other supernatural displays of power are all historically accurate. This brings us to the doctrine of the Clarity of Scripture, which is the next thing we need to be taught about the Bible in the discipleship process.
(to be continued…)