Can we, or should we believe the Bible in its entirety. When someone ask a question like this or something similar, what they are asking is the Bible truly God’s word. Whether or not they understand it, the question they are asking is referring to the inspiration of God that divinely influenced the human authors of the scriptures we know was the Bible.
The question then is do we believe what the Bible says? Unfortunately for many Christians and even the unbelieving world its often found that many do not. Yet, some still see value in what the Bible has to say, but cherry pick verses that fit a life situation rather than the overarching story of God’s redemptive plan for humanity from its wicked and sinful ways. This of course leads to bad interpretation of scripture and our understanding of God’s character as a merciful and loving God who seeks to reconcile humanity to Himself. The Bible must be taken literally and within context. It is one of those things, you are either all in, or all out. There is no straddling the fence on both sides.
The word inspiration really just means that “God breathed.” The Bible makes the claim to be the very words of God (1 Corinthians 2:12-13, 2 Timothy 3:16-17, 2 Peter 1:21). Its application is that it is “useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in the righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” Some translations tell us that it’s not just useful, but we profit from scripture.
Because scripture is inspired by God it is also authoritative as it relates to all matters in human life and as a result, they are life changing. Because of God’s nature, He is the source of all truth and cannot lie, therefore scripture is without error or inerrant. The scriptures are to give us a correct view of God which in return give us a correct view of His Word. Because God is all-powerful, all-knowing, and perfect, His word will have the same characteristics.