Does Inerrancy Matter?

This is a question that comes up over and over again. The simple answer is, yes, inerrancy matters. But why? This post will not go into the intricate details of inerrancy. This is not the proper format for such an undertaking. The purpose here is to look at some logic regarding the truth of Scripture and the issue of inerrancy.

The Bible is to be the guiding light for Christians. The Bible gives us the truth on every facet of life that you can imagine. Now, it doesn’t give us guidance on whether or not we should wear a purple shirt or a green shirt today, that is not what we mean when we say every facet of life. But what we mean is that every situation you encounter has principles in Scripture that will help you work out a right attitude and response to that situation. And this is where inerrancy comes into play.

First, we need to define inerrancy as it relates to Scripture. The Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy defines inerrancy as follows:

Scripture is without error or fault in all its teaching…

The Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy 1980

Scripture is without any error in everything that it teaches. That means it is without fault in its historical statements, theological statements, scientific statements, and any other statement the Bible makes. This, of course, refers to the original manuscripts and not any specific translation of Scripture.

So what? Why does this matter? Let’s think about it this way, if you can take any part of the Bible, let’s say Genesis, and says that it contains error, then you call the rest of Scripture into question. Scripture builds on itself. Yes, it is a collection of 66 different works but those works (books) give one unifying message and they stand on each other.

If you can call into question the account in Genesis, you can call into question the accounts of Jesus Christ. At that point, you call into question the exclusivity of Salvation for Christians and Christians alone. After that, you can throw out any part of the Bible that does not agree with modern thought.

It is a dangerous slope. You either take all of Scripture or you throw it all out. Inerrancy is one of the most fundamental beliefs that impact the Gospel today.

Is Evolution Compatible With Genesis?

One of the things we have heard time and time again is that the Genesis account does not agree with science. But what you may not know is that there are groups that state evolution is completely compatible with the Genesis account. Both of these positions are false.

First, the idea that the Genesis account does not agree with science suggests that science actually disagrees with Genesis. Nothing has proved the theories of Darwinian Evolution. Evolution is illogical and there is no evidence to support it despite what you hear in classrooms and in the media. Most of the support for evolution is nothing but smoke and mirrors.

Second, the idea that evolution is somehow compatible with Genesis is equally absurd. The two positions are complete polar opposites. You cannot have different organisms developing over the course of millions of years when Genesis says that it was made in one week. It does not and cannot mesh.

Rather than trying to synthesize man’s theories (not science) with the Bible, we should go back to the drawing board and see how science, true science, actually aligns with Scripture. You either believe Scripture, or you do not. There is no in between.