21 For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.
Believers in inspiration will say that the Bible is inspired by God. This does not mean that the Bible was dictated. It means that the Holy Spirit put ideas into the minds of the original authors and they wrote the ideas faithfully. The words themselves were also inspired, but at the same time they reflected the personality and craftsmanship of the writers who wrote them.
Objectors to this view have arisen over the years, but none of the objections can not be answered by people of faith. It comes down to whether you want to believe the Bible is the reliable word of God or whether you want to dismiss it. Some people will claim that they wanted to believe the Bible was inspired but lost confidence in it for some reason.
The more I read the Bible, the more I find that it is a wholly remarkable book. The internal coherence is remarkable when you think of the diversity of the authors. The content, although containing many stories, is still one story.
- What is the doctrine of verbal inspiration?
- Why do some people object to it?
- Have you struggled with the idea that God inspired scripture?
- What difference does it make whether God inspired the authors or not?