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GO TO SESSION FOUR

I.                    Relationship between the doctrine of Inerrancy and Biblical Authority

a.       The Bible being authoritative in giving truth

i.      Providing truth is an aspect of the doctrine of Biblical authority[1]

ii.      If the Bible is going to be fully authoritative, it must be without error.

iii.      Therefore, the doctrine of Biblical Authority presupposes the doctrine of Biblical Inerrancy.

II.                 Since the Bible by its own authority gives us truth, studying the Bible will give us truth.

a.       For the Christian, hermeneutics of the Bible is a part of the Christian Epistemology

i.      Definitions

1.      Epistemology- How do you know what you know?

2.      Hermeneutics- How do you interpret a writing

ii.      Everyone consciously or not have a certain epistemology

1.      Stated another way, everybody has a method of knowing things

2.      For example:

NONCHRISTIAN PERSON A    NONCHRISTIAN PERSON B           CHRISTIAN

Five senses                         Five senses                                           Bible

Science                                          Tradition                                               Five senses

Logic/Reason                                 Popular Opinion                                   Logic/Reason

                                                                                                                  Science

3.      The Christian have the Bible as part of his way of knowing, and it is the ultimate authoritative way he knows things.

a.       Since there is no error in the Bible, a proper hermeneutic will discover truths.

III.               Doctrine Of Inerrancy is the standard in testing good or bad Hermeneutical systems

a.       Since the Bible can not be erroneous, one who properly interprets the Bible will not be led to a conclusion where the Bible is in error

i.      Remember what Jesus said about God’s Word: “Your Word is Truth” (John 17:17b)

1.      God’s Word can only be truth, not error.

b.      If an interpretation of Scripture leads to the conclusion that Scripture is in error, then it is an bad interpretation.

c.       All interpretation must stand under the test of affirming the doctrine of Inerrancy.


[1] See the previous outline, “Doctrine of Biblical Authority: The Self-authorizing Scripture”

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