I have been puzzling something for the last few days, and my puzzler is nearly sore.
I'm interested in what you, faithful reader, thinks. Here's the question.
Recent interactions have made me realize that some people appear to equate the book with God Himself. As if the two are one.
But the two are NOT one. They aren't the same thing.
Jesus left us a church. The church eventually pulled together Jewish scriptures, gospel documents describing His life, and letters describing how to run that church. The church decided what documents were inspired and which were not. The church cooperated with the Spirit to develop the Bible, then published it, protected it, and promulgated it.
Jesus tells us that we are members of His body, the church. He says His body is the church.
Nowhere does it say that He is the Bible. It is an unbiblical premise. He is THE word, and the Bible is His inspired word. But those two are not the same things.
They disturb me, these recent conversations; the gesturing toward the Bible when speaking about God Himself. The comments about feeling hunger and longing, and finally realizing that what was hungered for was God's word.
The speaker was hungry for God. She explored who God is through the Bible, and that exploration of Him appeased the hunger.
The book didn't, He did.
The two are not the same.
We should not worship the Bible, nor any other graven image. And I think that in some cases, this is exactly what is happening.
What do you think?