Bibliolatry

"The Fox Hunt" Winslow Homer (1893)

“The Bible says …”

I say this a lot. I hear people say this a lot. It makes sense. After all, I do got to seminary.

Today I was wondering if saying “The Bible says…” kind of misses the point. Maybe we should say ” God says in the Bible…”, or “According to the Word …” or “Jesus, the Word, says …” or “The Holy Spirit says …” or simply “God says…”.

Doesn’t that put the emphasis back where it belongs? That is, on the fact that the Bible is the witness to God’s self-revelation to us. The Bible itself is not God nor the Living Word (although it is the written word). It is a record of the Word’s (Jesus’) revelation to us in certain places and times. Maybe this is a little po-mo, but I just think the idea of a book having ultimate authority is not very resonant with people today. Rather, we should talk about the One who gives the book its authority.

Then again, maybe the semantics above is simply tickling the ears of people who don’t want to follow what the Bible says and look for a way to discount its authority. After all, the witness to God’s self-revelation is still faithfully and accurately representing God’s word and will. Maybe this is a distinction without a difference?

Anyway, I can’t worry about that right now. The Marathon is only 6 days away!

Even just writing that my stomach started to feel all fluttery and nauseous-y. I wish today were October 10th already.

6 days to the race!

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4 thoughts on “Bibliolatry

  1. ‘The Bible says’ or better yet God through Paul says “Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it.” (1 Cor. 9:24)

    Remember, this marathon is an object lesson for the future. You can do it! The Bible says so!

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