What does it mean that the Bible is "inspired"?
Here's the answer:
Inspired means spoken by God.
If we discuss the way the word "inspired" is used in the Bible, we see that it talks about something that has been created by a supernatural force—which we know is really God. God gave the people who wrote down the Bible's words the exact thoughts and ideas that He wanted to share with us. This means that we can trust that the Bible is true and that it accurately tells us everything we need to know about life and about pleasing the Lord.
By the way, sometimes we say that people are "inspired" by a good idea or an interesting piece of music. In this case, we're usually talking about a different kind of inspiration. God can definitely give us good ideas that He wants us to share, but this type of inspiration is about creativity, not the trustworthiness of something.
"God has breathed life into all of Scripture. It is useful for teaching us what is true. It is useful for correcting our mistakes. It is useful for making our lives whole again. It is useful for training us to do what is right. By using Scripture, a man of God can be completely prepared to do every good thing" (2 Timothy 3:16–17).
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