The Bible and Absolute Truth

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“God ‘cannot lie’ (Titus 1:2); thus there can be no deliberate errors in his words. Also, God ‘knows all things’ (1 John 3:20), i.e., he is omniscient; thus there can be no accidental errors in his words. Therefore every word he speaks must be true.” (Jack Cottrell, The Faith Once for All, p 59) “To say that ‘all Scripture is God-breathed’ [2 Timothy 3:16] means that when the human authors of the Bible were engaged in the process of writing their message, the Holy Spirit was so guarding their minds and their hands that the result was as if their message had come from the very heart and hand of God. . . . If inspiration does not result in inerrancy, then it has no purpose; if there are errors in Scripture, then inspiration is irrelevant and futile.” (pp 53, 59)

“Every statement in the Bible has a specific, intended meaning. When first spoken by their authors, the statements of Scripture were not just words or sounds. They meant something. It is surprising how many people today deny this. It is common to hear or read some variation of this idea: ‘There is no one right interpretation of Scripture.’ We need to think this through. If biblical statements have no specifically intended meanings, then there is still no real communication from God. If we approach the Bible assuming that it can have various meanings for different people, then each person is free to use the Bible just to reinforce his own ideas. Absolute truth is still absent; relativism still reigns.” (Jack Cottrell, Faith’s Fundamentals, p 42)

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