I'm going to open a can of worms here...
What's your take on Biblical Inerrancy?
Biblical Inerrancy: The beliefe that the Scriptures of the Old and New Testament are inspired of God, are without error in the original writings, and are the supreme and final authority for faith and life.
So what do you think? Also, just for fun tell us what your educational background is.
It's not a can of worms, it's a huge tank of gasoline.
Yes... Yes it is...
But how to start? And why?
So are you thinking Papacy? And Church tradition?
Ah, so let me fan it a bit - you can't limit it to purposes of teaching and reproof. It's a phenomenological book written from the point of the human author, so it's also historically accurate in that respect. Further to your point, I think you can extrapolate beyond specific commands to generalities.
Wow - maybe we need some examples.
Church of Christ?
That's why I Cor 11 is so difficult. Without a certain amount of freedom from point by point adherence to a punitive behavioral code, passages like this expand to form a list of required and prohibited behaviors.
That's not an issue of inerrancy... That's an issue of cultural contextualization. Incidentally, I think those who hold fast to 1 Cor 11 stand on much safer ground then those of us who claim that it's cultural. We can only make an educated guess and hope that we are right. They can practice exactly what the Word says and know they are getting it right.
"This is both new and good, but what's good is not new, and what's new is not good."
When we say "without error", we imply that there is a standard for what is error and what is not. We humans tend to establish the standard for truth/error ourselves, often tweaking judgment in favor of our own prejudice.
The Pharisees were quite "right" in citing execution by stoning as the punishment for adultery, yet were ignorant of a higher law by which they had no right to judge.
They had all of this "inerrant" stuff down pat, yet Jesus called them Biblically illiterate, and in error. In what degree is Paul's word about the wearing or not wearing of hats authority for faith and life? If it is interpreted as a commandment (and such are, by legalists who would make the New Testament into a New Old), then we are in grave error for not forcing our ladies to wear hats in church, and for allowing them to speak in church and to teach men. Paul explicitly says this is a matter of correct Biblical truth, not of local custom. Yet only a few small denominations keep these practices, and the rest of us tend to sort of snicker at them for doing so.
I believe your statement is true (even though we do not possess any of the original writings, but it seems what we have is close enough, and probably exact in the vast majority of instances). So while I find the definition you have posted to be quite true, the necessity of unbiased translation, of relating Scripture-to-Scripture to solve contextual problems, the frequent use of metaphor, parable and story to teach doctrine, the open-ended nature of the many questions asked by Jesus, and a host of other sources of potential (and time-proven) error in interpretation and application of the term "inerrant" means that we have to be careful about going around proof-texting everything on the sole basis of inerrancy.
There's my gallon of gas. Anyone got a match?
I don't think we can make the argument about inerrancy in Scripture and invalid beliefe... They are two different issues.
They are two different issues -- but we do have to determine, or at least get a good idea -- of what the Scripture itself means, because we can't believe correctly unless we know what it means.
And I'm not completely sure they are two separate issues.
Our actions show what we believe (out of the heart...) The head and the heart are not two different things -- the heart is in the head, or at least the thinker, wherever that is (the Biblical heart is not the pump, which we can replace with a plastic one and still have our "heart". Sinning is an expression of disbelief, a contradiction of belief. Mistreating a wife or having a slave are two common uses of claiming inerrancy to foster error and sin. Understanding the applicable Scriptures in context will reveal the truth and inerrancy of the Scripture, and (hopefully) persuade the person that harbors such sins to repent.