The Inspired Word

In my second year of college I took a religious course titled "New Testament". It was a required course at the public institution I was attending. Before the course started I imagined that this class would be nothing more than a good refresher on the New Testament Scriptures. In reality, the course was built around an atheist-authored text book and based on the premise that all books of the Bible were crafted by the simple minds of men. The course presented the New Testament in a deliberate effort to undermine any notion that these words might have been inspired by an almighty God. Not surprisingly, my faith was shaken. In the next few weeks I'd like to hear your thoughts on the inspiration of the Bible and consider what the Bible itself says about its origin. If the Bible is inspired, what does that mean? What does that say about the authority of the Bible? What is the evidence that the Bible is, in fact, the work of an omnipotent God?

Here's a good place to start - 2 Timothy 3:16-17:

All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.