Definition of "Inspired"


How do you explain what the word, “Inspired,” means? I know what it means, but I’m having trouble figuring out how to explain it to a layperson who is unfamiliar with Scripture. I want to discuss Bible Inspiration in my Apologetics class tommorrow and some of the people don’t have a clue. Some aren’t aware that there are other books that were written that aren’t considered inspired (i.e. Gospel of Pontius Pilate), some aren’t aware of the Church’s role in compiling the Bible and determining which books belong and which don’t (which are inspired and which aren’t), etc.


Oh man, nobody? I tried New Advent’s Encyclopedia but their description just made my head spin.


Literally I think it means “the filling or or domination by spirit”. So specifically, it means “strongly guided” by the Holy Spirit or God, as “domination” implies more than one we might normally interpret “inspired” to mean in a secular sense.



[quote=RichSpidizzy]Oh man, nobody? I tried New Advent’s Encyclopedia but their description just made my head spin.

It is the effects of inspiration or In-Spirit which are easier to relate and Tolstoy’s description of the effects of Beethoven’s music is probably an easier introduction to our sacred texts which carry the same effects to the nth degree.Loving that which we inherit through the inspiration or God given gift of others in the library of books known as the Bible , we are compelled to act.Watching the destruction or dilution of inspired works can be a painful experience and especially watching the undisciplined who feel they trundle out scriptural passages one minute and gossip over trivia the next.

"A terrible thing is that sonata, especially the presto! And a terrible thing is music in general. What is it ? Why does it do what it does? They say that music stirs the soul. Stupidity! A lie! It acts, it acts frightfully (I speak for myself), but not in an ennobling way. It acts neither in an ennobling nor a debasing way, but in an irritating way. How shall I say it? Music makes me forget my real situation. It transports me into a state which is not my own. Under the influence of music I really seem to feel what I do not feel, to understand what I do not understand, to have powers which I cannot have. Music seems to me to act like yawning or laughter; I have no desire to sleep, but I yawn when I see others yawn; with no reason to laugh, I laugh when I hear others laugh. And music transports me immediately into the condition of soul in which he who wrote the music found himself at that time. I become confounded with his soul, and with him I pass from one condition to another. But why that? I know nothing about it? But he who wrote BeethovensKreutzer Sonata` knew well why he found himself in a certain condition. That condition led him to certain actions, and for that reason to him had a meaning, but to me none, none whatever. And that is why music provokes an excitement which it does not bring to a conclusion. For instance, a military march is played; the soldier passes to the sound of this march, and the music is finished. A dance is played; I have finished dancing, and the music is finished. A mass is sung; I receive the sacrament, and again the music is finished. But any other music provokes an excitement, and this excitement is not accompanied by the thing that needs properly to be done, and that is why music is so dangerous, and sometimes acts so frightfully…

It is a frightful power in the hands of any one, no matter whom. For instance, should they be allowed to play this Kreutzer Sonata, the first presto,–and there are many like it,–in parlors, among ladies wearing low necked dresses, or in concerts, then finish the piece, receive the applause, and then begin another piece? These things should be played under certain circumstances, only in cases where it is necessary to incite certain actions corresponding to the music. But to incite an energy of feeling which corresponds to neither the time nor the place, and is expended in nothing, cannot fail to act dangerously. On me in particular this piece acted in a frightful manner. One would have said that new sentiments, new virtualities, of which I was formerly ignorant, had developed in me. Ah, yes, thats it! Not at all as I lived and thought before! This is the right way to live!`"


And I though New Advent’s description made my head spin :eek: …
Hey oriel36, do you happen to be a member of MENSA?


My summary of the Catechism’s treatment on the subject:

Inspired (re: Scripture):[list=1]
*]Having God as its Author.
*]Communicating whatever God wanted written, and no more.[/list]


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