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How can you take the gospels as inspired when they don't even make that claim for themselves?

While it is true that the gospels themselves don’t claim to be the Word of God, 2 Timothy 3:16 does say that all scripture is God-breathed. If it can be independently demonstrated that the gospels (as well as 2 Timothy, of course) are scripture, then it follows that if the statement in 2 Timothy 3:16 is true, the gospels are to be taken as God-breathed as well. Since the term scripture (Greek: graphe) simply means “writings”, the statement is most naturally taken as referring to the contents of the collection of writings used and viewed as authoritative by the Church. Since it is undoubtedly the case that the gospels are viewed in that way by the Church, it follows that they are properly called scripture. Thus if the statement in 2 Timothy 3:16 is correct, then we ought to regard the gospels as God-breathed.