This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

“Inspiration,” “Inerrancy,” And “Canon” (As It Pertains To The Bible)

966 words - 4 pages

The Catholic Church has many avenues for teaching the word of God. This is a difficult task due to language barriers and variations in interpretations of various church documents. The complications of these interpretations are exampled in such terms as inspiration, inerrancy and canon. This essay will briefly describe these terms and attempt to shed some light on how the Catholic Church uses them in the interpretation of biblical documents.
The theology of inspiration is a difficult concept to define in the form of human language, in part, due to the nuances of the concept. The catholic faith teaches inspiration of the Bible as coming from God and as man has no common language with God, the translation of his word can never be as perfect as was intended. The Bible was not merely inspired or inspiring in the same sense that is imagined with the inspiration of an idea or a great work of art, it inspires people in that it is the word and representation of God; a revelation of God. Inspiration is therefor based on the word of God and passed on to man in the form of the ecclesiastical writings. Biblical inspiration cannot be described by an earthly language; it is best described as an opportunity presented to man that can be acted upon by mans gift of free will. Additionally, the bible inspires the reader in another fundamental way. Man is inspired by biblical curiosity to seek further understanding of God’s word (Durand).
This is not to say that the leaders of the Church cannot make new revelations or that the laws of the church cannot be clarified or modified for use in today’s society. New revelations can be made known by God whenever then need arises. These revelations are not new ideas or truths from God; they are merely previously unknown realities of Gods original word (Toner).
Scripture can be put on paper because God allowed the writer to communicate his word through their writings. They were, in a sense, inspired by God to pen his word for mankind. The translation of these communiqués can present discrepancies and imperfections in the translation and documentation. The original intent and pure meaning of God’s word is perfection and described by inerrancy. According to the Catholic Encyclopedia, the term inerrancy delineates that the bible, in its original assembled form, is free of any errors from recording or translation (Durand). In the same logic, the teachings of the Twelve Apostles are considered by catholic to be inerrant. The message and gospel preaching of these original apostles come directly from the Son Jesus and therefore directly from God himself and thus cannot be imperfect. Any attempt in the future to recite, regurgitate or recount the original gospels can only be something short of the perfect message that was originally communicated; this again becomes a subject of God’s gift to humans of free will. ...

Find Another Essay On “Inspiration,” “inerrancy,” and “canon” (as it pertains to the Bible)

Liberia's recent history as it pertains to my life

958 words - 4 pages in 1847 until 1980. The people backed Doe because they originally saw it as a change in power. The United States supported Doe because he was staunchly anti-communist as were most dictatorial thugs. Doe rule for five years and then in 1985 he held elections. The October, 1985 elections went down in history in the Guiness book of World records as the most fraudulent election in history. I still remember to this day the November 12, 1985 coup

Aristotle’s View Of Tragedy As It Pertains To Oedipus

1016 words - 4 pages of the proper language is lost in the process of translation. However even reading the translations it can clearly be seen that the word choices that were used to write Oedipus are very formal and has a great deal of meaning.Overall Oedipus appears to be a perfect example of what Aristotle would define as a tragedy. It seems that many of the principals that Aristotle had established about tragedy apply to Homer's play. Oedipus appears to have all

Media Censorship: As it Pertains to Primetime Shows

675 words - 3 pages for live TV shows, such as awards shows, reality television, or football games, unlike the coarseness of non-network shows, where indecency is common. Jesse Walker of the Libertarian Party offers straightforward view that the FCC [Federal Communications Commission] has little to say about the content and substance of non-network entertainment (2011). Simply stated, the “f-word” is forbidden on SNL (Saturday Night Live), but Meadow Mariangela

1949 and how it pertains to Billy Joels' "We Didn't Start the Fire"

596 words - 2 pages single event in the song, "We Didn't Start the Fire," has immense historical meaning, which is obviously why he chose the events he did. These events, I found, were very interesting to myself, though I do not know if others would find them to be as intriguing. South Pacific, the success of Joe DiMaggio, and the rise of Red China were all very interesting and I appreciate all of the information that I found.Works Cited"Chinese Communists Come to Power

Theme of Individual Versus Society as it Pertains to Reverend Dimmesdale of Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter

676 words - 3 pages Reverent Dimmesdale's journey through the story shows how his insecurities effect his decisions. Dimmesdale often let his thoughts of rejection from his life as a loved godly man take away from what he needed to do. He shows, by these actions, a want to be accepted that is so strong that it can overpower his churchly values. Dimmesdale's inner-conflict with his conscience demonstrates how his need to fit in with society overpowers his value to


1040 words - 5 pages could find its name, size, habitat, weight and surviving number, the later encourages the reader to continue reading the ad even more, and it states that the survival number of this animal is unknown. Under the main picture there is large text saying WILD LIFE AS CANON SEES IT ,canon to achieve two point with this topic .First, they are trying to inform the reader about the living habits of this animal on how and what the eat, moreover , where they


1226 words - 5 pages to trust the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. Critical Evaluation Polythress’ thesis is that differences in the gospels can be examined without compromising conviction in the inerrancy of Scripture. His treatment of the topic is fascinating for a beginner, and helpful for others as a tool for understanding the foundational conceptual matters that affect one’s attempts to harmonize. The principles that he lays out gives the reader

The Classical Canon And The Contemporary Canon

915 words - 4 pages Technically, for a novel to be accepted into the canon, it must be over 100 years old. This means that the novel has outlived its generation and context and is still as relevant and meaningful as it was when it was first published. The novels in the canon are so much more than just a good story. They have deeper layers which say something about human nature and there are different ways they can be interpreted. Most of the novels in the canon are

This essay discusses the question of ethics when it pertains to taking part in a war

1120 words - 4 pages something other than human, it is easier to kill them. No longer are they people, cousins, fathers, sons, mothers; now they are only the "gooks." The term "nigger" was also very popular in making African Americans less than human in order to punish, harm, and destroy them. This de-humanization has not only been used against races but also against people with preferences that are not viewed as the norm. "Fags" and "dykes" has been used to de

The Bible as Literature

1582 words - 6 pages 1.In “The Bible as it Was”, an exegetical motif is “the underlying idea about how to explain a biblical text that becomes the basis or part of the basis, for a narrative expansion” (580). What an exegetical motif does is it picks out a specific atypical phrase, which becomes the bearing before a narrative expansion. Biblical interpreters and theologians have written narrative expansions in the form of passages or in essay

The US Constitution as an Inspiration to the Declaration of Freedom in Kosovo

2501 words - 11 pages of the United States of America. They have been able to establish a set of legal rules that systematically protects all forms of freedom. Freedom remains the lone basis for American society as we know it. Without freedom the great nation of America would have never been created. Just as how the United States is seen by the American population to symbolise freedom and independence, it also stands to mean the same thing to many other countries

Similar Essays

The Healing Power Of Art, And How It Pertains To Poisonwood Bible And Year Of Wonders

587 words - 2 pages place on sin and redemption, it makes more sense to me why the some of the townspeople joined the cult whose members beat themselves as punishment for their sins.Art Through the Ages by GardnerPoisonwood Bible by KingsolverYear of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks

The Difference Between Lobbying And Bribery As It Pertains To The 2002 Winter Olympics

904 words - 4 pages Committee had contributed to Olympic officials in the form of cash and property for favorable consideration. This led to a scandal about the practices of the IOC and how sites are chosen to host. The bribery scandal led to a shack up of the entire Olympic world. The Difference between Lobbying and Bribery as it pertains to the 2002 Winter Olympics When the International Olympic

The Human Function As It Pertains To Happiness

1332 words - 6 pages The Human Function as it Pertains to Happiness Humans have a function, according to Aristotle, and so it would follow that fulfilling that function makes us happy. Before we can establish that fulfilment of purpose results in happiness, we must first establish what the human function actually is, and also what constitutes good and happiness for humans. Aristotle’s arguments for happiness and human purpose help to provide answers to these

White Privilege As It Pertains To White And Minority College Students

2058 words - 8 pages White Privilege as it Pertains to White and Minority College Students "My (black) Caribbean students, as a whole, tend to perform much better than my African-American students. Well, consider it -- over the years, and particularly during slavery, the best and brightest blacks in this country were weeded out. I don't believe that blacks are naturally inferior to whites, however, American blacks are the unfortunate end product of an enforced