Last week, I had a conversation with someone. While we were talking, he asked me if my insight was biblical.
I asked him, why does my insight have to be biblical? Isn’t that being fundamentalist?
He said that if it’s not based in the Bible he won’t do it.
I told him that we’re not required to do everything in the Bible. Now, if you tell me that loving God and loving others as myself is biblical, then I want to be biblical.
My question is, why do Christians regard the Bible as “The Word?” Why do Christians act as if nothing bad happened in the Bible and that the only way to live is according to the Bible? Why do Christians pretend that the Bible is so holy that there is nothing wrong with it? Why do some say, that when John wrote, “In the beginning was the Word…” that he was writing about the Bible itself? Can that be right?
I don’t get it. There are so many things in the Bible that I won’t do. But Christians act as if anyone who says anything bad about the Bible is in danger of going to hell. Thanks for any insight you may be able to give me.
Thanks for your email.
I read your email to my wife, Niza. Her first impression was that you are entering the Kingdom of God. Jesus said, she told me, that unless we become childlike, we would not enter the Kingdom.
I also thought your email demonstrated a humility before God and man.
I think a lot of Christians out there may actually be “bibliolaters,” that is, that they worship the Bible instead of God.
The idea that John was referring to the Bible when he wrote, “In beginning was the word…” is ridiculous and probably indicates that some have become bible idolaters. Humans seem to want to be able to hold God in their hands like an idol. It may bring them good luck in the hunt or on the job interview.
Of course, the Bible is a central conversation partner to the Christ following faith and cannot be put aside or disregarded. The Bible documents the ongoing conversation between man and the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. It is man’s witness to this conversation, not God’s.
I have come to believe in this God that the Bible points towards. That’s different than believing IN the Bible.
Our trust must be placed in the God and Father of the Lord Jesus Christ — The One who called Abram, led Israel out of Egypt, and raised Jesus from the dead.
The Bible is adequate for the task of pointing women and men to this God, but it is not to be mistaken for God.
I hope that helps.
I’ve just returned from Nashville where I spent a day with leaders whom I would gladly trust as spiritual guides for my family. Christ following lives even in the heart of the Bible Belt. At the same time, some of my conversations there, reminded me that bibiliotary lives. Becasue of that, I thought this exchange timely.
What do you think?