Scripture by definition is God Breathed. Scripture is perfect. The Word by definition is the expression of God. Creation and Salvation are both products of the Word of God. The Word of God is perfect. The Word of God is God.
Before the year 260 (aprox.) there was not a Christian Bible. Many of the sixty-six books we call the Bible traveled one at a time from church to church. These and other books inspired and instructed the early church. New testament books were especially copied and passed on.
Around 260 a group of people decided the most important books and letters should be collected and preserved. We know very little about these people but they did us a great service and gave us a package of very old, very beautiful books. Today, with just a few changes, these books make up the sixty-six books we call the Bible. These sixty-six books have been held to contain a great deal of scripture, useful instruction and first hand accounts of the very first days of Christianity. Until lately only a few people considered the Bible to be perfect. The Bible “contained perfection” in that it contained scripture but this scripture needed to be found and understood by people lead by the Holy Spirit.
In the early 1950’s the Pentecostal church was growing rapidly. The largest non-catholic denomination, the Southern Baptist, were also growing rapidly. Southern Baptist feared having their churches overtaken by tongues speaking Pentecostals. The Southern Baptist found a verse in 1 Corinthians that could help them maintain order in their churches. “Prophecy and speaking in unknown languages and special knowledge will become useless. But love will last forever! Now our knowledge is partial and incomplete, and even the gift of prophecy reveals only part of the whole picture! But when the time of perfection comes, these partial things will become useless.” (1 Corinthians 13: 8-10)
The time of perfection for the most part, had been accepted as the time when Jesus returns. The Southern Baptist realized that if they proclaimed the Bible as perfect it would take care of the problem of tongues in early Christianity and allow them to keep it, the gifts of prophecy and new knowledge out of their churches.
Why is this a problem? First: there are still the gifts of tongues, special knowledge and prophecy in God’s churches. Second: Following a personal, loving Word of God gives the Church the personality of God. Following a group of books makes the church judgmental and harsh. Putting the Bible in authority by claiming it perfect (and as such equal with God) makes the Bible an idol.