Trustworthiness Necessitates Not Perfection

Just a brief thought from Darrell Bock on reliability/trustworthiness. Feel free to reflect upon the implications, if any, for the doctrine of inerrancy. Bock’s remark comes from, “Is the New Testament Trustworthy?” in the Apologetics Study Bible.

Trustworthiness demands not exhaustive but adequate knowledge of the topic. Sources are selective even when they are accurate. The Bible makes this point in John 21:25: “There are also many other things that Jesus did, which, if they were written one by one, I suppose not even the world itself could contain the books that would be written.” When people call Scripture trustworthy, they are arguing that its testimony is not contrary to what happened and is sufficient to give us a meaningful understanding of God and His work for us (2 Tm 3:16-17). Speaking accurately is not the same as speaking exhaustively.

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Kurt Jaros is the Director of Operations at Apologetics.com, where he oversees various projects, including Real Clear Apologetics (which he founded). He holds a Master's degree in Christian Apologetics from Biola University and a Master's in Systematic Theology from King's College London. He teaches part-time at Naperville Christian Academy and also blogs at ValuesAndCapitalism.com, a project of the American Enterprise Institute.

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