|Mercy Street Church of Christ
*Inspiration* is the word traditionally used to describe
God's activity in the composition of the Bible. Indeed,
the Bible's divine inspiration is the foundation of its
divine authority. It is authoritative because - and only
because - it is inspired. This statement needs immediately
to be qualified, however. To say 'the Bible is the Word of
God' is true, but it is only a half-truth, even a dangerous
half-truth. For the Bible is also a human word and
This, in fact, is the account which the Bible itself
gives of its origins. The law, for instance, is termed by
Luke both 'the law of Moses' and 'the law of the Lord', and
that in consecutive verses (Lk. 2:22-23). Similarly, at
the beginning of Hebrews it is stated that 'God spoke ...
through the prophets', and in 2 Peter 1:21 that 'men spoke
from God'. Thus God spoke and men spoke. Both statements
are true, and neither contradicts the other.
grace and peace to you,
For Mercy Street Ministries, I'm Stan Baldwin.
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