Peter Didn’t Understand Inspiration’s
Most Important Point
And That Made Him Vulnerable To Failure
The meaning of inspiration as it relates to the production of the Bible and how it actually worked is not the topic of this post.
It’s an interesting topic and I’ll say enough to establish the basics but the discussion can and has filled volumes. Google it and you’ll get endless pages of search results.
Sadly, most discussions focus so heavily on the process, they fail to develop the most important point:
If the Bible is inspired, it stands alone and needs no help from human ideology.
It’s finished. You can accept it, you can’t change it. It’s God’s Word and His alone.
The Bible is NOT intended to tell us what we already know and it wasn’t provided as a proof text to endorse our pet ideologies.
And God makes that point very succinctly:
For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, says the LORD. (Isaiah 55:8)
That idea is the motivation of this post.
“Inspiration” Not The Best Word
It should at least be mentioned that the word “inspiration’ is probably not the best word to describe how the Bible came to be.
The English word has roots in Latin, inspirare, which means “to breathe or blow into” but that doesn’t correspond exactly with the New Testament Greek or with what we understand about how the Bible was written.
More to the point, the word has also taken on new meanings totally unrelated to the Bible. These new meanings have broadened sufficiently to eclipse its biblical meaning.
The Greek word that denotes this process is theopneustos. It is a compound word from “theo” (God) and “pnuema” (spirit) and literally means “God-spirited.” Modern translations, however, are opting for God-breathed instead of Inspiration or God-spirited for obvious reasons.
Inspiration is not a bad word, but with the new connotations, it is no longer the most precise word.
Spiriting isn’t how we express words so God-breathed is a little more relatable to the average person.
However, Inspiration is the word most often used when discussing the concept theologically and I haven’t abandoned the use of it in this post. [Read more…] about Bible Inspiration’s Most Important Point