Fallacy or Inerrancy?


If the title was not forthright enough, this article is pretty much going to be a bunch of theory and speculated jargon, so if theorizing theoretical theories is more than you bargained for just hold on, it should make sense by the conclusion (hopefully). Ultimately, the point to be discussed here is the idea of fallacy and inerrancy. Fallacy defined as, “a mistaken belief” and inerrancy defined as “incapable of being wrong.” It is important to note that you are reading my opinion which is arbitrary and depending on what side of the nature versus nurture debate you fall on could also be the result of a few thousand other people who have affected my life. 

I believe we can all agree that there is nothing worse that just being flat-out wrong, and not realizing it until after you have started some argument, or made some point, and was quickly made aware of your error. Nobody likes being wrong; it’s pretty much that simple. It’s even worse when we are wrong about something we are so dead set on and have adjusted aspects of our life or future around. Take for an extreme example the numerous apocalyptic predictions that have gone viral the last few years. Those crafty Mayans gave us a run for our money, eh? There were thousands of people out there who were 100% percent convinced that the Mayan calendar ending in 2012 was our four-leaf clover for besting the rapture. This is somewhat of a dramatic example, and I never said that fallacious thinking always make sense, but it’s without a doubt a pandemic that has corrupted the cognitive reasoning of pretty much every single human being at one point or another. 

The consequences of fallacious thinking can range from thinking a single piece of cake isn’t going to ruin your diet to having eternal consequences, you knew I was going to weave religion into that at some point (I warned you in the beginning). After all, that momentary feeling of just being flat-out wrong is bad enough on the temporal level where if you’re lucky eventually it will go away, and people will forget about it. What about being wrong eternally though? It’s a scary thought of being so determined on a point in this life, and then at the end of the day, being wrong, forever. I am not saying that I have all the answers or that I am 100% right, but I, like you, don’t want to be wrong forever, so this is why I’m bringing up the point. 

So how do we escape fallacious thinking and walk into the marvelous light of inerrancy? Well, it all starts with this deep theory of self-introspection perusing through the innate recesses of your preconceived cognitive process. If you would like, you can simply call it bias. In short, bias is like the blinders they place on a race horse to prevent it from seeing the rest of the world  that would distract the horse from its primary task, running, fast. Having a preconceived bias on a particular topic prevents you from seeing the light of different ideas. If you’re not careful, you can fall into the problematic predicament of having a fallacious bias. (I originally wrote an example here of fallacious thinking involving edge of the world theory combined with dueling-dragons of destruction and then I realized my example was solely fictitious and void of any form of bias.) Having a bias prevents you from seeing all the elements of an argument because you are so caught up in your own redundancy. 

Getting back to the point, and showing how this is even relevant to our everyday lives, we need to look no further than Isaiah 5:20. The verse begins with, “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil…” This is the heart and soul of the point that I’m trying to make. How is it possible to call evil good? Evil is evil and good is good, right? Well, if it were that easy the world would look a lot different. Coming at this from a Christian perspective the adherence of evil is the result of neglecting God. The key in the verse is that people are calling evil good, evil is still evil but the interpretation of evil has changed. The entire essence of this verse can be summed up in a simple point that God is the source of all good. If we believe in God and believe in the word of God, then we will quickly come to the conclusion that God is inerrant, that is, “incapable of being wrong.” 

(Let me just take a moment here to say that God does not make mistakes, despite what might be going on in your life. The trials of life are the context for your future. If there is one thing I can tell you hands down in this article it is that the greatest lessons of your life are taught in the darkest valleys. The entire course of my life changed in a few seemingly endless days, but those days were the dark tunnel that led me into experiences I wouldn’t trade for the world, and ulimately who I am today.) 

Back to what the article is actually about. If we believe that God and His word are inerrant then, we can conclude God is the litmus of major fallacy. People who fallaciously fall to calling evil good have lost perception of this litmus test. The problem though is that the problem is no longer the problem. The fallacy that is made is the result of a deeper fallacy deep within the confines of the human mind. Take an argument, for example, where someone is just flat-out wrong but simply does not realize they are wrong. They will argue their point all day long until they realize they are wrong (and some will still continue to argue). 

A fallacy is always a fallacy despite who believes it, or how many people believe it. If the leaders of the United States of America decided tomorrow to mandate that George Washington was not the first President, barring some radical new evidence, they would simply be wrong. “If 50 million believe in a fallacy, it is still a fallacy” (Samuel Warren Carey). My personal favorite quote on the topic is by G.K. Chesterton, he says, “Fallacies do not cease to be fallacies because they become fashions.” There are too many people today who base their personal stance on critical issues from the opinion of acceptance. They fall guilty to the argument to the masses fallacy stating the people who support their beliefs, or the amount of people in favor. “A comprehensive demographic study of more than 200 countries finds that there are 2.18 billion Christians of all ages around the world, representing nearly a third of the estimated 2010 global population of 6.9 billion” (http://www.pewforum.org/2011/12/19/global-christianity-exec/). Those 2.18 billion people mean nothing to the atheist who has a personal conviction that there is no God. We must stop believing in something simply because it is what someone else believes, and we must get it for ourselves. Philippians 2:12 says this, “Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. There is nobody responsible for your soul more than yourself.

Personally, I believe that God is the creator of the universe. In order to have eternal life, I believe one must be saved by the formula given in Acts 2:38. We must be saved in the name of Jesus Christ as Acts 4:12 and Matthew 28:19 are careful to note. Acts 4:12 goes as far as to say, “Neither is there salvation in any other…”  This is my opinion of truth and is based on both my personal experiences with God and on studying the Bible (II Timothy 3:16). I believe the Bible to be the inerrant word of God based on Biblical teaching, studying the historical context of how the Bible was formed, and my personal experiences from studying the Bible. If the Bible is inerrant then that makes its teachings absolute. I cannot believe the Bible is 100% truth, but refuse the plethora of verses that the Bible teaches for salvation and theological doctrine. In order to be consistent we must believe that the Bible is the fully inerrant word of God, or a meaningless old book, there simply is no middle ground.