Divine Inspiration

It’s amazing how easily we accept that the Bible is the divinely-inspired word of God.  As if God would not allow all the radically different versions of the Bible to tell a different story. 

Somehow we believe that God would not allow us to go astray from his message.  At what point in the Bible has God ever shown us that he would not allow that?  Clearly, Adam and Eve were allowed to stray?  How about the Israelites in the Desert?  How about the entire world before God wiped everyone out except Noah and Company? 

I think God allows us to go astray because in the end he knows that it doesn’t matter.   His will will be done.  So what would make us believe that he wouldn’t allow the Bible to go astray? 

In all honesty, I think the Bible strays quite a bit.  I think when unknowledgeable people put into words things they have seen, heard and believe, you will always get a vary watered down rendition of the truth.  If what Jesus did on the cross truly happened, I think it is something much more powerful than washing away sins.  As if he was doing laundry.  Yet all the people who articulated his work could not understand what he did, so this was their explanation to the best of their ability. 

I don’t blame them.  I blame us for taking it at face value and not questioning them in order to enhance our understanding of their discoveries. 

We should seek the truth without blindly accepting what others (including the Bible) claim to be true.  Referring to another post, faith is the foundation.  It is the start, not the end of discovery.  And faith, like any other foundation, sometimes needs to evolve to support the discoveries that stand on it. 

I think the only real divine inspiration is given to those who are brave enough to question their faith at the risk of shaking their foundation in the hopes of stregthening it. 

3 thoughts on “Divine Inspiration

  1. When I read the Bible, I do not see a watered down description of the cross. Rather, I see the biblical writers looking as it were at a brilliant sparkling multi-faceted diamond. What they see is so rich, that they struggle to put it into words. So they used “word pictures” from various areas of life, to help us get a clearer glimpse of the stupendous act of God that happened at Calvary.


    Taken from the marketplace. This is a term used to free slaves. The English word redemption means ‘repurchase’ or ‘buy back’, and in the Old Testament referred to the ransom of slaves (Exodus 21:8). In the New Testament the redemption word group is used to refer both to deliverance from sin and freedom from captivity. Therefore there is a metaphorical sense in which the death of Jesus pays the price of a ransom, releasing Christians from bondage to sin and death. However, the analogy does not imply that God paid this ransom to anyone, but just that He had to pay a price to deliver us. Jesus said: “the Son of Man came … to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Mark 10:45).


    This is a legal term. Justification is God’s act of declaring or making a sinner righteous before God. God is the judge, we are standing before Him. This is His act of giving undeserving sinners the verdict of “Not Guilty”. There is also the concept of “imputation”. Our guilt is “imputed” on Jesus who bore its consequences on our behalf, and Jesus’ righteousness is “imputed” on us. “It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.” (Romans 3:26) The cross enables the just God to also be our “justifier” without injustice. There is also the concept of Jesus being our “Advocate” or defence attorney in this Divine Courtroom (1 John 1:1).


    Propitiation is the work of Jesus Christ on the cross, by which He fulfills the wrath of God (both an emotional response of anger and a moral response of indignation), and apeases or placates Him who would otherwise be offended by our sin and would demand that we pay the penalty for it. It gives the picture of the angry bolts of God’s wrath that were directed at us, being diverted to Jesus at the cross. We “and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith” (Romans 3:24,25). Notice that all thee three great word-pictures are used in one fell swoop in this passage! “If anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. He is the propitiation for our sins” (1 John 1:1,2).


    Our sin has offended God, and we are in a state of enmity with Him. The cross enables us to have peace with God. “Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Romans 5:1) “For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life. More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.” (Romans 5:10,11). God “through Christ reconciled us to himself”. (2 Cor 5:18)


    The concept that we were dead in our sins, but Jesus makes us alive. Adam and Eve died on the day that they ate the forbidden fruit. Jesus’s death on the cross was God’s means to reverse this fatal effect of sin. “God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ” (Eph 2:4, see also Romans 5:12-17). This is also sometimes called being “born again” (John 1:7).


    Jesus is described as the “Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world” (John 1:29). He is the fulfilment of all the sacrifices in the Old Testament which all give us more insights into His work on the cross. Some of these are the Passover, the Day of Atonement (Numbers 16), the sin offerings and the bronze “Serpant in the Wilderness” (John 3:14, see Numbers 21:4-9).

    Concept of Substitution pervades everything

    Every single word-picture in the Bible has the concept of “substitution”. Jesus dies for us, and on our behalf and in our stead. He took on Himself what I deserved. “For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” (2 Cor 5:21) Paul said: “I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified” (1 Cor 2:2), because “the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” ( 1 Cor 1:18).

    Coming to the main point of your blog: I cannot conceive how God would accomplish a stupendous work of salvation, and not give us an accurate account of it. If any part of the Bible is not true, how can I be sure what I can trust? In the light of this, I find that there is a level of self-authentication and consistency in the Bible that is very gratifying. I have no doubt that the Bible is in fact the inspired Word of God.

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