“ . . . The more I understand the nature of the texts in front of us, the better informed can be my view of scriptural authority. I will be less likely to overstate it, and less likely to understate it. E.g., on the one hand, I won’t make claims about so-called “perfect” original autographs, when that is nothing but speculation growing out of dogmatic theory. On the other hand, I won’t deny God working in real people to carry out his will (i.e. real and flawed authors).
So then, if find out that Paul incorrectly reports a number in 1Cor 10:8, or if I come to realize that the Gospels don’t actually agree in all details and cannot be flawlessly combined into one account, I won’t make the ridiculous statement “If there is even one little mistake in the Bible, then I can’t trust any of it.” . . .
If we need to “trump up” our statements of biblical authority, it implies a weak position. The best statement of biblical authority is one that fits the evidence we have of the actual texts.
– Gary Collier, CoffeeWithPaul.com (scroll down about a screen’s worth)
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Inspiration is God at work in ancient text to touch and move the lives of people. It does not need to be more complicated than that.
– Gary Collier, Lesson 22 of “40 Things Everybody Should Know about the Bible.”