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Biblical inerrancy is the doctrine that the Bible is completely correct, or at least that it was completely correct in the original manuscripts.
This belief is surprisingly common, especially among fundamentalists.
- There are many contradictions in the Bible, many of them very hard to dispute. Here is a big list.
- The Bible is clearly inconsistent with scientific observations. The Genesis account of Creation is only the beginning. Take Job 38:22-23 , for example. God is quoted as saying, "Have you entered the storehouses of the snow or seen the storehouses of the hail, which I reserve for times of trouble, for days of war and battle?" We now know how snow and hail form, and it doesn't involve storehouses or war.
- The Bible is at least guilty of glossing over rounding error. By simple arithmetic we can arrive at the Biblical value of pi: three. Not 3.14, not 3.1415926536, not "a little more than three"; simply three.
- Some contradictions, like 2 Kings 8:26 and 2 Chronicles 22:2 , which give different ages for Ahaziah when he began to rule, are, Christians admit, really contradictions that are really in the bible. They have to resort to copyist error or some other similar explanation. This shows that the modern bible is not inerrant. This raises the question of why God inspired the original writers, but not the copyist.
- The bible is not necessarily inconsistent with scientific observations. It is the view of Kenton L. Sparks that in order to create good theology one must look at both natural and special revelation (cf. Revelation.). With doing this and taking a deeper exegetical approach to, for example, Genesis 1, there can be seen that there is not a contradiction between science and the scripture. Many have taken the view of Scientific Concordance which essentially states that the order and process of, for example, the creation story is correct. Thus the order is as states and the process is initiated by God but is done through means such as the big bang for example (cf. Moore, Pete. “Creation/Creationism” in A Science and Religion Primer. Edited by Heidi A. Campbell and Heather Looy. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2009.)However it must be noted that the Bible is not a scientific book and should not be taken as such. That being said, it is interesting to note that with thorough exegesis there seems not be a problem between scripture and science.
- Contradictions, such as the one afore mentioned regarding Kings and Chronicles, are only contradictions if studied without exegesis. This same argument is used once looking upon the Gospels. However, if one exegetes each passage one can clearly see that the audience and author of each gospel is different, the story remains the same but the focus is different. The same is true with Kings and Chronicles although Chronicles is written much later than Kings. Thorough exegesis of each must be taken into consideration prior to seeing "contradictions."
- According to the doctrine of Biblical Inerrancy, scripture is inerrant in it's autograph. Critically thinking Christians see and recognize problems within scripture, interpolations, deletions, missing manuscripts, etc. However, according to this doctrine the autographs are inerrant, the copies are not, however they are still infallible.