Brief question about inerrancy

The question that must be asked of inerrantists is this: Is it Scripture or man’s wisdom that is the ultimate basis for Christians’ belief system?

If you answer that Scripture is the foundation of our beliefs, you must also believe that even our beliefs about the Bible should be scriptural, free from the impositions of man’s so-called wisdom. Please tell me then, inerrantists, where you can find in Scripture that the Bible, meaning the canon as canonized by the Catholic Church, is inerrant.

Experience tells me that I will be directed to 2 Timothy 3.16-17. But this won’t work for multiple reasons. Number one, it’s only talking about the OT at best, since there was no “all Scripture” apart from the OT at the time it was written. Do you want to argue (as someone I know has) that this applies to the NT because 2 Peter apparently calls Paul’s writings “scripture” (Gk. graphe)? Laying aside the fact that graphe is the typical word for “writing” in Greek and not Scripture with a capital “s”, we have the significant issue of 2 Tim. not actually saying “inerrant”, “no errors”, “perfect”, “the very words of God” or anything approaching it; therefore, “inerrancy” is man’s imposition on the actual text of Scripture. What will happen here is that the inerrantist will claim that “inspired”/”God-breathed” means “error-free”, because God cannot lie. But this is where man’s wisdom comes in: the Bible nowhere says that “God-breathed” means “God dictated”, and no one except for an unhinged Fundamentalist claims the Bible is actually divine dictation, so they then must come up with the idea that God insured the accuracy of the perceptions of those to whom He revealed truth in Scripture. This is pure human speculation. It is not in Scripture. It is an extrapolation based upon man’s wisdom that has no biblical support. Therefore, the inerrantists’ belief system is based not upon Scripture, but upon the human philosophical proposition that God wouldn’t let authors of Scripture misinterpret any truth pertaining to science, history, or theology. Sure, it’d make sense for that to be the case, but it’s just not there in the Bible, and it violates no Scripture to believe that God’s inspiration entailed something a little less extravagant.

If they can think of no other prooftexts to produce, this is the part where they will change the subject and start talking about how the world will come crashing down around us if we throw inerrancy out. “How can we know what’s true and what’s not?” “We’ll all become self-serving Hitler apologists if we don’t have an absolutely inerrant witness from God Himself.” But need I say again that what this stuff amounts to is “man’s wisdom” about Scripture rather than any claim it makes for itself? That’s not to say it’s incorrect reasoning, but it’s certainly not sola scriptura – it’s depending on man’s reasoning to invalidate man’s reasoning. And it’s bad reasoning at that, for it depends on the argumentum ad consequentiam, the appeal to consequences. However undesirable the consequences, I’m personally committed to pursuing the truth.

So how about it? Can you point me to any Scriptures that dictate outright (and it must be outright, since weaving this and that passage together by logical train of thought is the work of the wisdom of man) that the Bible is inerrant or infallible?

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