Biblical Inerrancy

National Association of Christian Ministers Summary Series: Theology

Biblical inerrancy is a belief held by some Christians that the Bible is without error or fault in its teachings on matters of faith and Christian practice. This belief is based on the view that the Bible is divinely inspired and that God guided its authors to write without error.

Proponents of biblical inerrancy believe that the Bible is without error in its original manuscripts, which were written by the inspired authors, and that the current translations of the Bible accurately represent these original manuscripts. They view the Bible as the final authority on all matters of Christian faith and practice, and believe that it provides a complete and reliable guide for Christian living.

However, biblical inerrancy is a controversial topic within Christian theology, and not all Christians accept this belief. Some theologians argue that the Bible contains errors or contradictions in certain areas, and that it must be read and interpreted with careful attention to its cultural and historical context.

Despite these differences in interpretation, the Bible remains a central and authoritative text for Christians worldwide, and its teachings continue to shape the beliefs and practices of millions of people around the world.