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Infallibility: The characteristic of being completely trustworthy, incapable of erring or failing to accomplish an intended purpose. Protestants normally apply this characteristic to the Bible; Catholics extend infallibility to the magisterium (teaching authority) of the church. If one assumes that a purpose of the Bible is to communicate revealed truth, then infallibility logically implies at least limited inerrancy. Nevertheless, in practice some theologians affirm the infallibility but not the inerrancy of the Scriptures, intending thereby to indicate that the Bible can be relied on as an authority in matters of faith and practice while recognizing the possibility of scientific and historical errors.


C. Stephen Evans, Pocket Dictionary of Apologetics & Philosophy of Religion (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2002), p. 60.

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  1. Of course there are scientific errors. See Galileo. But the Bible is not a scientific book.

  2. It seems that if one does embrace the thesis A: the inspiration of Scripture by God, then one is lead to logically to the deductive conclusion that thesis B: the Scripture is also infallible. It seems this is an unavoidable conclusion.

  3. I am a reformed christian. I believe that The Bible is perfect and infallible and inerrant.

    But I will dispute with you about how to define “The Bible”. When you say “The Bible”, to which Bible do you refer? The Greek originals? The Hebrew originals? The King James Version? Any modern and secondary translation?

    Since the reformation, divinely inspired biblical scholars have known and taught – that ALL secondary translations of The Bible (by that I mean anything that is not ancient greek or hebrew) – contain errors of many kinds. The errors range from additional materials to grammar problems. From issues with the compatibillity of grammar, to issues with the number of verses and books – there is simply no such thing as a “perfect” translation.

    Faulty or imperfect translations, lead to heresy and wrong thoughts about God. Wrong thoughts or heresy, leads to wrong behaviors and dysfunctional relationships – toward other people and also toward God.

    The Sacred Scriptures were given to us, by God, in Ancient Greek and Hebrew. Ancient Greek and Hebrew Bibles have systems of grammar that are totally different than our Modern English. And the most ancient versions have different verses, books, and content. So then unless a man (no matter how sincere he may be) gives himself over to the study of Ancient Greek and Hebrew… he will never have a perfect Bible or a correct understanding of it.

    The market is flooded with Greek and Hebrew Bibles – which are the original and only perfect Bibles – and the market is also flooded with study tools – there is no excuse other than pure laziness – that EVERY CHRISTIAN does not use and learn – to hold and handle The Word of God in its original and perfect forms.

    Do The Scriptures not say, that every man who changes or adds to The Bible, will have his share in the tree of life taken away ??? Rev 22.18-19

    Anyone can and should learn to use the original texts of Scripture – The Holy Spirit will empower you to do it – I myself was thrown out of school in the 10th grade… yet through the grace and power of God… I am fluent in the original languages of scripture… you can do it too… unless your just too lazy… or unless you don’t have The Holy Spirit in you !!!

    Martin Luther the reformer said it like this: “in as much as we love The Gospel, so let us also love its languages (greek and hebrew)”. And then he also said “it is a sin and a shameful act, for a man to refuse to learn the languages of our faith (greek and hebrew), especially when God has made them so availible”

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