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As noted in the question, these are layman's terms. However, I am providing links to more official definitions, which have been used as source material. Definition of the term "Inspired": The doctrine of the inspiration of the Bible means that the Bible in the original documents is God-breathed, that it is a divine product, and, because it is divine, the ...


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In Amos 8, the prophet declares (NIV trans.): 11 “The days are coming,” declares the Sovereign Lord, “when I will send a famine through the land— not a famine of food or a thirst for water, but a famine of hearing the words of the Lord. 12 People will stagger from sea to sea and wander from north to east, searching for the word of the Lord, but ...


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When Jesus said that the scribes and Pharisees would be charged for the murder of all the prophets, that is, from Abel to Zechariah, he indicated what he considered to be the Hebrew canon. He was speaking according to the traditional Jewish canon, in which Chronicles is listed as the last book and in which Zechariah is killed at 2 Chronicles 24:20, 21. Luke ...


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The problem is no one knows exactly what John ever said apart from his writings. It's the same with Paul. What Traditions were extant in their time? Do we really believe they taught, for example, the Immaculate Conception? How would we know? It's an argument from silence and it's an argument that led to division not just between Protestant and Catholic, ...


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The understanding of inspiration understood by Baptists (and many others) is that God allowed the authors to use their own literary style, but still write the exact meaning He wanted them to convey. This makes sense, because each book, each author clearly does have their own style. This view is known as Plenary verbal inspiration. It is not the only view, ...


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Without much detail, here is an overview of how different Christians view the Bible. These are major categories, and there is going to be some grey area between all of them. The Bible is inerrant on all matters it addresses, and should be taken to speak the literal truth unless the Bible itself says otherwise. Also called Biblical Literalism. Adherents to ...


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Short answer, no. Not at all. It would count as plausible deniability to the straw-man definition of "the inspired and infallible word of God", but only to the false straw-man understanding. The problem is that, almost no denomination believes that inspiration and infallibility are attributed to modern versions/translations of Scripture. Inspiration ...


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The Bible does say that all the scriptures are inspired, which means "God-breathed": All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness. (2 Timothy 3:16, NIV) Though human writers did produce the scriptures, the ultimate source of the scriptures is God himself. When others spoke the scriptures ...


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1) Don't assume that Jesus neglected to instruct his disciples on this matter. There are many things Jesus said and did that are not recorded in Scripture. (The vast majority in fact.) And there are also many other things which Jesus did, which if they were written in detail, I suppose that even the world itself would not contain the books that would be ...


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Great question! The short answer is that Paul made a general statement to this effect: All Scripture is inspired by God -2 Timothy 3:16 The phrase "inspired by God" is literally translated as "God-breathed". So the Bible is not merely a collection of wise men's writings, but is actually authored by God, through men, by the Spirit. Now, ...


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Just as the political principle of separation of powers isn't needed and wouldn't make sense in an absolute monarchy or a dictatorship, so too does the doctrine of sola scriptura assume and require that there are actually other sources of divine inspiration alongside the scriptures. Sola scriptura is a doctrine that sets controls on how we understand and use ...


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Further Clarification The original person who asked the question asked for additional clarification on these two questions: 1) Are inspired works closed as canon is? 2) Are there potentially other inspired historical works which are not in canon? The answer to the first question depends on the view one has of the gift of prophecy and its possible ...


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The Protestant view has been taken from the Jews. It was the Jews who did not recognise the apocryphal writings as inspired. A personal view is that the 62 weeks in Daniel 9:25 is 434 years of prophetic silence from the end of the OT (with the completion of Nehemiah) in 408 BC, to the start of the ministry of John the Baptist. This is based on a crucifixion ...


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I offer this answer to complement Jas3.1's excellent answer. I think this is an interesting question because there is a precendent for Jesus telling one of His disciples to write things down; specifically John in the book of Revelation. He is told to the write words of Jesus to the seven churches, in Revelation 2 and 3. And this command to write is repeated ...


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One of the things it is important to realize about the Bible is that the authors did not sit down to 'write the Bible'. Books of the Bible have to be taken first as what they were intended by their authors to be - a biography of Jesus, a history of the early church, or a letter to one of the churches. Yes, God did inspire those authors to write something ...


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Concursus is a Latin word which can be translated encounter or meeting. The late 19th–early 20th century Presbyterian theologian Benjamin Breckenridge Warfield used the word to describe his belief that the whole of Scripture is the product of the divine activities which enter it, not by superseding the activities of the human authors, but by working ...


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To answer all three questions at once, here is 2 Pet 1:21: For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. (2 Peter 1:21 - KJV, emphasis added) Longer Answer Inspired means that a scribe penned it as a prophet spoke what the holy spirit of God had to say. It was written down by a ...


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Evangelical commentators generally hold that Paul is speaking authoritatively in 1 Corinthians 7:12, and only indicating that he was not aware of any direct teaching on this subject by Jesus during his earthly ministry. The Reformation Study Bible explains: With regard to the problem treated in vv. 10, 11, there was a well-known instruction given by Jesus ...


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There are two considerations. One is to establish the fact of roughly 400 years of silence based on writings of that time area. In other words, this is in fact how those of that time understood that there was silence. Two is to then establish if this is shown in Scripture and specifically the Old Testament. In other words, since we know they believed ...


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The question is: Did the NT writers themselves know that they were writing an inspired record? Though there is at least one major exception, which is mentioned below, for the most part the New Testament authors simply wrote their accounts without commenting on whether they were inspired. We can therefore glean only a few clues here and there about their ...


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This is a helpful clarification on what exactly Christians mean by "inspired". Specifically, we don't mean that each word and punctuation mark was dictated (mechanical inspiration or dictation theory). Instead the prevailing understanding is that the scriptures came about through God revealing truths and concepts to the minds of the apostles and prophets and ...


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Paul is not trying to make the point that 1 Corinthians 7:12ff is his opinion where the rest is God's inspired Word. Rather, Paul knows the oral tradition of Jesus’ sayings on divorce that were later written down in the Gospels, but he is not aware of a time when Jesus ever spoke specifically to a situation in which one spouse becomes a Christian and the ...


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Using the basic rules that Biblical Literalists use when determining what is to be taken as "literally the Word of God", we find the basic principle: When the plain sense of Scripture makes common sense,seek no other sense; Therefore, take every word at its primary, ordinary, usual, literal meaning unless the facts of the immediate context, ...


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Which came first, Qur'an or Bible? Bible Did the Qur'an fall from the sky? NO Did the Bible fall from the sky? NO Did God(Allah) write the Qur'an with His finger? NO Did God(Jehovah) write the Bible with His finger? The Ten Commandment was, at least. Who wrote Qur'an and Bible? Qur'an and Bible were written by men and both claimed to be from God. How ...


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For most Christian denominations, the answer is simple. Scripture is supernaturally inspired. The people who wrote the Bible wrote exactly what God intended them to write. See the CARM article on 2 Timothy 3:16 for a more in-depth explanation. Also from the allaboutruth.org website: The Bible tells us that all Scripture is inspired of God and ...


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From the Catechism (emphasis mine): 105 God is the author of Sacred Scripture. "The divinely revealed realities, which are contained and presented in the text of Sacred Scripture, have been written down under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit."DV 11 "For Holy Mother Church, relying on the faith of the apostolic age, accepts as sacred and canonical ...


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No, just as using the notion of ousía to define the doctrine of the Holy Trinity does not mean that the Nicene Fathers considered Platonic or Aristotelian thought to be part of Apostolic Tradition [1], or just as using the notion of hypostasis with God the Father does not mean that the author of Hebrews considered Stoic and/or Epicurean thought to be part of ...


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JEDP is scholarly theory on the history and development of the Scriptures. It focuses on the internal structure of the documents while keeping in mind the context of the writing. The analysis treats them as if they are just like any other texts. The authors' motives, culture, etc are considered. This means that while analysing the documents, inspiration is ...


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The Bible affirms that its words are "breathed out by God Himself", and, indeed, God is the author--not men. All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness 2 Timothy 3:16 ESV In fact, the Scriptures are often referred to as "the word of God". For the word of God is ...


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Not to define exactly what is a Christian, but, very broadly speaking, there were early Christians who rejected parts of what today's Christians consider to be the New Testament. But, by doing so and thus having a presumably different faith, they are not widely considered "Church Fathers". https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Church_Fathers Yet, as heretics so-...


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