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Not one jot or one tittle

bible-scrollIt is alarming to see how every day there are more people who profess to be Christians and say that they believe in the Scriptures but do not believe in its inerrancy, nor believe in its sufficiency, they say that science and history contradict the Bible and that theological statements must be distinguished from historical and scientific facts on which the Bible is not necessarily inerrant (this position is called "limited inerrancy").

However, the position of our Lord Jesus Christ in this aspect is completely different. In the Sermon on the Mount He said: "For truly I say to you, Till the heaven and the earth pass away, not one jot or one tittle shall in any way pass from the Law until all is fulfilled." (Mat 5:18). The word translated here as "Jot" is a reference to the tenth letter of the Hebrew alphabet, which is the smallest of all the letters in that alphabet. The word translated as "tittle" refers to a small mark that was put on some letters to distinguish them from other similar letters.

What the Lord is telling us is that the inspiration, infallibility, and inerrancy of Scripture is not limited only to theological statements, as some say; not even to the ideas expressed; furthermore, not even to the words but to the letters themselves, and even a little mark put on a letter to distinguish it from another are divinely inspired and therefore infallible and inerrant (in the original texts).

One of the main points where the opponents of the total inerrancy of the Scripture tell us that the Bible contains errors is in the first chapter of Genesis. They tell us that science has proven that the earth could not have been created in six days, but in millions and millions of years, and that the man appeared much later, and they also tell us that one need not be a creationist to be a Christian. What a contrast with the words of our Lord! The Lord Jesus answered the Pharisees about divorce doctrine stated: "From the beginning of creation, male and female made he them." (Mark 10:6). It is obvious from this statement that Christ was a creationist, but note also that he says that man was created "at the beginning of creation", not billions of years later but at the beginning.

The Lord also said that Scripture can not be broken, it was also obvious that he believed in the flood (something that "science" denies), that Moses wrote the Pentateuch, that Lot's wife became a pillar of salt; He also believed in the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, in the literality of the story of creation, in the miracles of the Old Testament and the history of Israel as it is described in Scripture.

But if Scripture contains errors, and if the Lord taught the inerrancy of Scripture, why did He do it? Why did He teach something contrary to reality? There are only two possible answers:

1-He knew that Scripture contains errors but still taught the inerrancy of the it.

2-He did not know that Scripture contains errors.

If the first option is true, then, we must conclude that Jesus was a deceiver who taught something which is contrary to reality. The question is: How can someone called a Christian believe that Jesus was a liar? It's impossible, we have to discard that possibility.

On the other hand, if the second option is true it means that Jesus himself was deceived, but how can we trust the rest of his teachings? How do we know he was not wrong about his statements that he is the messiah and savior of the world? How do we know he was not wrong in their statements about life, death, heaven and hell, the Last Judgment and the afterlife? And if we have all these questions, how are we called Christians?

As we can see, it is impossible to be Christians and yet deny the inerrancy of the Bible.


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