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Is the mustard seed the smallest seed?

We have heard many people doubt the inerrancy of Scripture. Some say, well Jesus said that the mustard seed is the smallest seed and yet there are other seeds that are minute and microscopic and others are the size of spores (much smaller and modest than a mustard seed). So did Jesus get it wrong? Well, R.C Sproul explains….

In the 1980s, I was involved with the International Council on Biblical Inerrancy, which sought to call the church and the church’s scholars back to a firm defense of the inspiration and infallibility of Holy Writ. There was a New Testament professor at one of the largest seminaries in America who had abandoned the doctrine and was teaching his students that no one could believe in the inerrancy of sacred Scripture because there is a clear mistake in Mark 4:30-32. He would tell his students, “Jesus said that the mustard seed was the smallest of all seeds, but botanists have discovered seeds that are more minute than the mustard seed.” This man had rejected the inerrancy of Scripture based on that issue.

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