Sep 25, 2018 by Marina

Is God's Word an Idol in Your Life?

The Bible shouldn't be worshiped. It should motivate us to search for the One worthy of worship, John Pavlovitz writes on the website of Relevant Magazine. This is why the Bible shouldn't be worshiped.

The Bible says it, I believe it, and that settles it. You’ve heard that phrase before. You’ve read it on bumper stickers. You may have even said it a time or two. It’s an odd little religious mantra that perfectly captures the strange, often paradoxical relationship we modern Christians have with our mysterious ancient text.

Single pillar of faith
Many of us have made the Bible the single pillar of our faith, but not all of us have a complete grasp on what it actually says (Especially not the earlier, weirder stuff).

We’ll agree without question that it is filled with words from the very mouth of God, and yet we can’t really be bothered to crack it open all that often (and again, definitely not the earlier, weirder stuff).

We so crave a Bible that we can use quickly and neatly to support our various arguments and discussion points, but that Bible doesn’t really exist.

That doesn’t mean the Bible isn’t true, or divinely inspired, or “useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.” It just means that it is not a simple book, and should not be treated like one.

Try putting any well-meaning, good-intentioned, faithful handful of seminary students, pastors, or pew sitters in a room, and you’ll be hard pressed to find any two who can find unanimous agreement on very much, let alone the totality of its 800,000 words.

Reflect and respect
As Christians, we should read, study, reflect on, respect, and where we feel personally convicted, obey the Bible, but we should never worship it.

The more honest option when coming to difficult parts of the Scriptures, might be for us to say, “The Bible appears to say that in this particular passage, I think I believe that interpretation, and now, let’s talk about it.”

Read the whole piece on John's website.

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