FAQ: Are There Errors in the Bible?

Warm Up Questions

What is an error?
What is a contradiction?

Discussion Questions

Does God’s authorship mean that the Bible must have no errors?
What about Contradictions?
Does human authorship mean that the Bible must have errors?
Are there any errors in the Bible?
Does the Bible contradict itself?
If there are errors in the Bible, does this undermine the doctrine inspiration?
Would it undermine the Bible as the “Rule of Faith”?

Related Scriptures

Exodus 24:3-4; Numbers 23:19; 1 Samuel 15:29; Nehemiah 8:1; Psalm 119:89, 160; Isaiah 40:8; Matthew 5:17-19; Mark 7:9; 12:36; 13:31; Luke 16:17; John 10:33-36; 2 Timothy 3:16; Titus 1:1-4; Hebrews 1:1-2; 6:17-18; 2 Peter 1:20-21

Argument for Inerrancy from William Lane Craig
(Craig’s argument is based on the work of John Wenham.)

1.1 Whatever God teaches is true.
1.2 Jesus is God.
1.3 Therefore, whatever Jesus teaches is true.

2.1 (From 1.3) Whatever Jesus teaches is true.
2.2 Jesus taught that the Scriptures are inerrant (Matt. 5:17-18; Mark 7:9; John 10:34-36)
2.3 Therefore, the Scriptures are inerrant.

Alleged or Real Contradiction?

Do not acquire gold, or silver, or copper for your money belts, or a bag for your journey, or even two coats, or sandals, or a staff; for the worker is worthy of his support.  —Matt. 10:9-10 NASB

. . . and He instructed them that they should take nothing for their journey, except a mere staff—no bread, no bag, no money in their belt—but to wear sandals; and He added, “Do not put on two tunics.”  —Mark 6:8-10

And He said to them,”Take nothing for your journey, neither a staff, nor a bag, nor bread, nor money; and do not even have two tunics apiece.”  —Luke 9:3

Additional Resources

The Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy