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Actually, John Poirier argues that a close look at first and second century uses of theopneustos reveals that the traditional inspirationist understanding of the term did not arise until the time of Origen in the early third century CE, and that in every pre-Origen use of theopneustos the word instead means life-giving. The process of how one determines life-...


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We receive the letter of 2 Timothy as inspired because the first century church received it as from the Apostle Paul (and thus as inspired), and we know that because no first century objections were raised as to its authenticity, and the letter was faithfully handed down to the next generation of the church as authentic. This lack of any extant opposition to ...


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I write from an evangelical perspective. The question has several ideas wrapped together. This answer attempts to show what, in general, are the expected features of a divinely inspired work, and that 2 Timothy 3:16 cannot be used, by itself, to prove the divine origin of scripture. Such verses are necessary but not sufficient. There are probably many ...


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The question suffers from a false assumption : that salvation is through scripture, not the Lord himself. Jesus said, Ye search the scriptures for ye think that in them ye have eternal life, John 5:39. Eternal life is not obtainable by mere study of the written record which God has provided. 'Salvation is of the Lord', Psalm 3:8, Psalm 62:1, Jonah 2:9. It is ...


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