I had an interesting phone conversation today with a young man who believes that the KJV is both inspired and inerrant. One reason it was interesting is because the young man wants to be a Bible translator. At any rate, I asked him if he believed in either the providential or the miraculous preservation of Scripture. (I believe in the providential preservation of the mss. of Scripture.) He said he believed in both, but could not answer my followup question. Now here's my followup question and the whole point. If you believe in the miraculous preservation of Scripture, then there must be: (1) A point in time where that miracle clearly happened. Every miracle in Scripture was instantaneous, whereas God's providence always occurs over a period of time. (2) The miracle of preservation must be evident to all, because it was always that way in Scripture. Every miracle recorded in Scripture was openly visible and easily recorded by the writers of Scripture. Now, when God's providence in preservation is at work, you do not see perfection on the earth. For example, the Bible is clear that God providentially preserves the earth, but it is certainly not perfect. However, when a miracle occurs, the final result is visibly perfect. Now, the inspiration of the Scriptures was a miracle. For example, when the Apostle Paul wrote an epistle that was inspired, the Holy Spirit guided that process miraculously so that the whole was inerrant. All conservative Christians believe that. Note also that no miracle appears in Scripture that negates a previous miracle. This means that Ruckmanism cannot be Biblically correct, since his view is that the KJV supersedes the original texts of Scripture. If that were true, then the first miracle (inspiration) would be negated by the second miracle (preservation). That is impossible.