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According to the Random House Dictionary the word inspire means to infuse an animating quickening or exalting influence into or to communicate or suggest by a divine influence This definition indicates when applied to the scripture that the stories and writings in the Bible did not come solely from the minds of the respective authors but rather from a divine source This suggests that the authors were scribes reproducing what was instilled in them by God This idea is strengthened by looking at distinct examples from the scripture that show that scripture is inspired and not made up By using the form of criticism known as literary criticism we can analyze certain installments of the scripture and use them to prove that the scripture is in fact inspired not a collection of false statements There are times in the Bible and in Biblical history that the prophets themselves are confronted with people doubting the validity of the scripture and trying to discredit it All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching rebuking correcting and training in righteousness so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work Here Timothy is relating a charge given to him by Paul As a story that is being told it can be easily inferred that Paul had confronted opposition to the belief that scripture was in fact inspired by God and therefore valid Using literary criticism allows us to stay on the surface of what is being said and not necessarily have to dig behind it to find the true meaning well leave that to historical criticism and therefore by looking at the phrase scripture is God-breathed we can further say that God breathed His word into the authors and they recorded it God can be viewed as an indirect author and the inspiration for scripture We did not follow cleverly invented stories when we told
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