I believe the Bible is the Word of God containing everything He wanted to reveal to humanity about Himself. I believe “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, and for correction, and for training in righteousness” (2 Timothy 3:16). A key phrase in that verse is All Scripture. I believe that all Scripture is true, which also points out an attribute of God, God can not lie (Proverbs 30:5; Hebrews 6:18; Titus 1:2).
I hold to the full inerrancy of Scripture. That means that the Bible is “completely true” (Erickson, p. 248).
There is a question of what to do with certain areas that, on the surface, appear to be contradictions, or even errors. This is a difficult concept to digest sometimes, especially being a curious individual who wants answers immediately. However, there aren’t always immediate answers to my questions. With that in mind, I agree most with moderate harmonization. Problem passages are met head on, however, a solution is not forced. More information may eventually become available, or it may never become available, but patience is required, and faith.
Inerrancy of Scripture is a foundational doctrine. I’ll end by quoting something Erickson wrote in chapter eleven of Christian Doctrine that boldly stood out to me, “There is evidence that where a theologian, a school, or a movement begins by regarding biblical inerrancy as a peripheral or optional matter and abandons this doctrine, it frequently then goes on to abandon or alter other doctrines which the church has ordinarily considered quite major, such as the deity of Christ or the Trinity” (Erickson, p. 252).
1. Erickson, Millard J. Christian Theology. 2nd ed. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 1998. Print.
2. Bible, Crossway. The ESV Study Bible. 1st ed. Wheaton, Ill: Crossway Bibles, 2008.