"The Bible in its entirety is God's written Word to man, free of error in its original autographs, wholly reliable in history and doctrine. Its divine inspiration has rendered the Book "infallible" (incapable of teaching deception) and "inerrant" (not liable to prove false or mistaken). Its inspiration is "plenary" (extending to all parts alike), "verbal" (including the actual language form), and "confluent" (product of two free agents, human and divine). Inspiration involves infallibility as an essential property, and infallibility in turn implies inerrancy. This threefold designation of Scripture is implicit in the basic thesis of Biblical authority."
- Clark Pinnock
The following quotes help provide a definition of "Inspiration:
"...the mysterious process by which the divine causality worked through the human prophets without destroying their individual personalities and styles, to produce divinely authoritative writings." - Norman Geisler
The following is an excerpt from Conversion: A Series of Sermons by B. F. Manire.
Jonah went down four time: Down to Joppa, down in the vessel, down in the sea, and down in the fish's belly. No one ever disobeyed God and went up."
"It is a distressing sign indeed when the people of God reach the place where they look with DISDAIN upon anyone who questions a practice."
They (speaking of miracles) are only a part of the total picture of Jesus' ministry, only one aspect of the unique authority which Jesus displayed. Indeed they are far from being at the centre of Jesus' mission; he was very much more than just a miracle worker. Faith based on his miracles alone would be too shallow: this is a regular theme of the Fourth Gospel, and it may well be the reason for his reticence in allowing the report of his miracles to spread too widely. He had more to accomplish than merely to go down in history as a nine-days' wonder.
The following is an excerpt from the Ketcherside-Porter Debate on Orphans Homes and Bible Colleges:
The spirit of organization permeates the consciousness of people in general. We speak and write much about "organizing the church," and speak of the church as an organization. There is grave danger, and much evidence that we are coming to think of the church as something like human organization."
"Paul to the Ephesians says, "Unto him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus unto all generations forever and ever. Amen" (Eph. 3:21). Glory that is to be ascribed to God, and so justly due by all intelligences of earth and heaven --all his glory -- is to be in Christ, and in his holy church, Glory, then will never reach the divine and majestic Creator who sis on the throne of heaven,except it be ascribed through Jesus Christ in the church of his love. He can not be glorified in any institution or society."
“It is not the ordinary affairs of this life, the fleeting and transitory concerns of today or tomorrow; it is not whether we shall live all freeman, or die all slaves; it is not the momentary affairs of empire, or the evanescent charms of dominion – nay, indeed, all these are but the toys of childhood, the sportive excursions of youthful fancy, contrasted with the question, What is man? Whence came he? Whither does he go? Is he mortal or an immortal being? Is he doomed to spring up like the grass, bloom like a flower, drop his seed into the earth, and die forever? Is there no object of future hope? No God – no heaven – no exalted society to be known or enjoyed? Are all the great and illustrious men and women who have lived before we’re born, wasted and gone forever? After a few short days are fled, when the enjoyments and toils of life are over; when our relish for social enjoyment, and our desires for returning to the fountain of life are most acute, must we hang our heads and close our eyes in the desolating and appalling prospect of never opening them again, of never tasting the sweets for which a state of discipline and trial has so well fitted us? These are the awful and sublime merits of the question at issue. It is not what we shall eat, not what we shall drink, unless we shall be proved to be mere animals; but it is, shall we live or die forever? It is as beautifully expressed by a Christian poet –
We would like to share some worth-while quotes from various authors to make you pause and consider different aspects of what God's Word teaches.