Originally posted by RBHILL
If man wrote the Bible and was not inspired by God then why would they put this in the Bible: 2 Thessalonians 3:10b "If a man will not work, he shall not eat."
Since I have been on this Forum we have never really had a good discussion about what Inspiration
of the Bible really means. There are a number of different schools of thought on what it means to say the Bible is inspired by God.
I fear that most skeptical posters assume this means inspired the way a work of art or a play or piece of classical music is "inspired".
is a rather particular thing. The word is common. The theological usage is unique.
I think the passage that you quoted could as well be due to common place ethics. It is not a passage I would use before all others about the bible's inspiration.
Obviously, even the non-theist wants the member of society to carry his load and not JUST consume. Does that really require divine inspiration to say "Hey, get to work lazybones!" ?