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Is It Possible for Christians to Idolize the Bible?

My comment: As I discuss scripture on social media, I am often accused of making the Bible an idol. Those who accuse me of this do not like it when I constantly appeal to scripture to make my case concerning the topic under discussion. I am usually told by many on social media that we are not to make the Bible an idol, but the main thing is for a person to have Jesus in their heart. Now I would absolutely agree that we need to know Jesus as our Lord and Saviour, but where and through what medium does our Lord communicate his will to us? Christ’s will can only be made known to us through sacred scripture.

Scripture tells us that the very words of holy writ are inspired of God. In 2 Timothy 3:16-17 Paul says, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God,……..” Paul’s declaration of scripture’s inspiration refers to its origin. He uses the Greek word ‘theopneust’, which means ‘God-breathed’. Though the word is usually translated ‘inspired’, which means to breathe in, technically the word ‘theopneust’ refers to a breathing out, which might more accurately be translated ‘expired’. Paul is saying that scripture is expired or breathed out by God. This breathing out is the breath of God.

The Reformers had a high view of scripture. They believed that the Bible is the Word of God, the verbum Dei, or the voice of God, the vox Dei. Matter fact it has been said that justification was the material cause of the Reformation, while the issue of authority was its formal cause. The battle cry of the Reformers and now my battle cry also, is sola fide and sola scriptura. Faith Alone and Scripture Alone is what I stand on. With this much stated, I want to point you to an article:

 

 

By Colin Smith

A few months ago, I read the following in an article by an author who self-identifies as an evangelical: “While the Bible is an important and authoritative guide for Christian faith and practice, it isn’t the foundation or center of our faith- Jesus is… Studying Scripture is valuable, but nowhere near as valuable as cultivating a day to day relationship with the God incarnate.”

This author has a number of views that make him a bit of an outlier in the evangelical movement as it’s been traditionally defined. However, I’m finding that his view of Scripture is increasingly common. More and more, I hear sentiments within the Church like:

 

•“Many Christians are putting too much emphasis on the Bible instead of Christ and the Holy Spirit.”
•“The Trinity is not Father, Son, and Holy Scripture.”
•“Beware of making the Bible an idol.”

Hence the question: Is it possible for Christians to idolize the Bible?

 

 

 

Read the entire article here.

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  1. January 26, 2015 at 5:07 am

    Reblogged this on Talmidimblogging.

  2. January 26, 2015 at 5:32 am

    Well said dear friend!

  3. January 26, 2015 at 7:49 am

    Reblogged this on My Delight and My Counsellors.

  4. January 26, 2015 at 8:28 am

    The essential problem is that the premise from which your whole argument proceeds, that “Christ’s will can only be made known to us through Sacred Scripture,” cannot be found anywhere in Sacred Scripture. Christ did not come to give us a book; he came to give us a Church, outfitted with God-appointed teachers (cf. Ephesians 4:11). The idea that Christians are supposed to submit themselves to a book is completely foreign to Scripture and to nearly the whole of church history (cf. my post, “The Epistemology of Sola Scriptura”). And yes, not only do I think that many Protestants idolize Scripture; I think that, since they are ultimately exalting their own interpretation of Scripture, this basically amounts to self-idolatry.

    • February 1, 2015 at 8:19 am

      Thanks again Joseph for following my blog and for your comment. I do believe however, that we have discussed this topic before and never reached an agreement. Therefore we have to just agree to disagree. Blessings.

  5. January 26, 2015 at 8:30 am

    How now, brown cow? My comment just disappeared into the ether. Have I been blocked?

    • January 26, 2015 at 9:14 am

      I am not quite sure that one can be blocked on WordPress. However, no comments are visible till I approve them.

      • January 26, 2015 at 10:06 am

        I think the difference is my moving my blog to my own site, maybe. When I was solely on WP.com, I could see my “comments awaiting moderation” on yours and other blogs. I guess I can’t anymore. Sorry to suggest you would have blocked me. Hope you are well, and His peace be with you!

      • January 26, 2015 at 12:12 pm

        No problem Joseph and no hard feelings. I just wanted to clarify that I hadn’t blocked you.

        Also I am doing well and hope you are too.

  6. January 26, 2015 at 10:41 am

    We’re sinners. We can idolise anything – including the Bible. Having said that…. It’s all to do with your ultimate authority. It sounds very pious to say I follow Jesus, but where do we find what Jesus tells us? And it isn’t just the NT. See Reformed confessions. Having something (authoritatively) written (The Scriptures) saves me not only from my own fantasies & delusions but from everyone else’s.

  7. Truth2Freedom
    January 26, 2015 at 12:40 pm

    Reblogged this on Truth2Freedom's Blog.

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