This post was taken entirely from a comment I made on The Naked Convos, in defense of my post The Classic Conversion Mistake, which was republished and renamed The Gospel Truth. I think these are good questions that all true Biblical inerranists need to contemplate and find answers to.
I want to ask you some questions too. The first and most obvious question for me is: “Why the need for infallibility?” By that, I am asking, why do you or anyone need to believe that the Bible is infallible in order to receive its account by faith and trust it? Your parents, teachers or doctors do not claim infallibility – but in their areas of responsibility over you, they claim to be trustworthy, authouritative and profitable! The Bible doesn’t demand more than this.
Now, Paul said concerning the Jewish Scriptures (as you will remember that there were no other acceptable Scriptures that Paul could have been talking about) as being “given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness” (2 Tim 3:16). Paul did not once say that the Scriptures are without error! Neither did Jesus or any other gospel writer…