idolatrous relationships to the Bible and scriptures [Part 1 of 2]

There is a TRUTH that has been burning in me for a long time concerning our relationships, as Christians, with the Bible.  It is a revelation that rocked my world and has totally changed my own relationship with the Holy Scriptures.

Let me preface this Word by saying I am not bringing into question the Divine Origin of the Scriptures nor am I questioning their in-errancy.  I believe all scripture is inspired by God and profitable for the believer. [You may need to read this paragraph again.]

However, The Word of God is a Person, not a book!

In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. John 1:1-2  “The Word” is not a book.

Many Christians in the church today have a more intimate relationship with the Bible then they do with The Word of God Himself, who is Jesus Christ.

THIS IS IDOLATRY!

The reason for this idolatry is usually because we have been taught, and we believe, that the Bible is the Voice of God to us.  That is not what Jesus taught.

I have yet many things to say unto you, but you can not bear them now.

Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he hears, that shall he speak: and he will show you things to come.

He will bring glory to me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you.” John 16:12-14

The Scriptures are inspired words given to people in the past that have been written down and recorded for our benefit.  They are spiritual words that are intended to impart the life of Christ when they are ministered to us by the Holy Spirit.

If the Spirit of the Lord does not breathe His Life into the words of the Bible as we read them they will have no more life than words from any other book. They will be dead letter.

Can the Bible become the Word of God to you?  Yes!  God can use the words you are reading to speak to you.  God, who is Spirit, can and does use the words of the Bible as a medium of exchange to speak to our spirit.

But, God speaks Spirit to spirit, the Bible itself does not speak.  We must be able to know the difference!

Let me give you an example that may help clarify what I am saying.

When Jesus and Peter needed money to pay their temple tax, Jesus commanded Peter [in red letters] to go to the sea, cast in a hook, open the mouth of the fish he caught, extract the money from the fish’s mouth, and go pay their tax.  Peter obeyed.  These words are recorded in the Bible.

Can you take that particular command as God’s word to you just because you are able to read printed words on a page?  Can you go to the sea and catch a fish with money in it’s mouth?  Can you pay your taxes that way?  The only way you can do this is if God speaks this command or “word” to you by His Spirit.  Otherwise your tax payment could be very late!

I repeat, the Word of God is a Person, not a book!

He speaks in many different ways in our lives, including through other people.  A vital key to being able to hear Him is humility, humbling ourselves to be willing to hear whatever He wants to say, in whatever manner He wants to say it.

We have been taught every word in the Bible is God speaking to us and is His Word for our lives.  We hold our Bibles aloft and say confidently,  “This is my Bible!  I am what it says I am.  I have what it says I have.  I can do what it says I can do,” or ,“This is God’s word.  This is God’s word to me today!” or the infamous, “God said it, I believe it, and that settles it!”

Because of such religious quotes like those listed above, many have assumed a thorough knowledge of the Bible is an indication of knowledge of God or God’s knowledge of us.  Nothing could be further from the truth.

Knowledge about the Bible and knowledge of the Bible coupled with inability to hear by the Spirit tends to make men puffed up and religious, not righteousIt produces Pharisees, not sons of God.

The Apostle Paul had an extensive knowledge of the scriptures, having been taught at the feet of the prominent teacher called Gamaliel. And yet, Paul’s “education” sent him on a pursuit to find and persecute true believers because he did not know The Word of God.

The Bible has actually replaced God in many people’s Christian life and experience. Rather than a means of helping us in our pursuit of communicating with Him,  we are busy searching the Scriptures for principles we can use and apply to control our world and our lives.

The Bible is not God in paper and ink form! Neither is the Bible a written version of Jesus. The God we serve is a Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  He is not a quadrant, Father, Son, Holy Spirit, and the Bible.

{please see part 2 of idolatrous relationships to the Bible and scriptures}

 

{For more Bible Talk, we’ll also be reading over at Rachel Held Evans’, Bible Series.}

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About Geneva

The road in my rear view mirror is marked by hard places. My Guide has been faithful. He came into my life and I was branded. Marked. Labeled. Ridiculed. Judged. Stoned. But the road ahead always looks grand and full of light! The furnaces from the past have only caused the fire of His Spirit to burn hotter. The edicts of man have tried many times to make me bend in worship to him, yet I have met the true Flame who delivers me in every furnace!
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3 Responses to idolatrous relationships to the Bible and scriptures [Part 1 of 2]

  1. Laura says:

    Preach it!

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