Does the Bible need your Defennce?
What if the Bible was treated by believers the way it was meant to be and not idolized and understood to be the Living Word? What if the the Bible doesn’t need to be protected and defended, by the literalist, but rightly understood in the reality that it is? What if the real problem isn’t the Bible but the false expectations religionists sometimes bring to it? If we let the Bible be the Bible rather that try and make it what we want it to be...what we think it ought to be...or need it to be...we will not only find a deeper understanding of its truth, we will also find a God that loves people without condemning them, and a Bible that does not need defending in the process.
Is it the religionists’ place to protect and defend the Bible (or I should say, their interpretation of it) from all questions and challenges that may be put to it? Hasn't the time come to expose the fear-based contradictory doctrines, the fear-based understanding and the fear-mongering preaching that is done through the misunderstanding and abusing of Bible truths?
Bible Idolaters believe that the Bible is a direct download from heaven’s computer and the writing of it was not only inspired by God but also every word was dictated by God. They believe it is a rule book, a heavenly instruction manual for godly living on this earth. Follow its direction and bingo, a believer is born, disobey it and God will beat you from here to hell where you will be punished in its fires for ever and ever.
Any challenging of this kind of thinking and believing brings a fighting ire into the religionists to defend the Bible against these "ungodly attacks."
That is until you start to read the Bible from its historical, environmental and contextual context. Then you realize that the rulebook view of the Bible is like counterfeit money...fine as long as it is kept at a distance away from close examination and questioning.
John says in chapter one. 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God....14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.
In accordance with the belief of Bible idolaters this passage would read as such...1 In the beginning was the Bible, and the Bible was with God, and the Bible was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God....14 And the Bible became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.
Sound absurd? That is because it is, because Jesus is the WORD of God, not the Bible. The scripture itself does not call the "Bible" the living word, nor does it claim that the Bible is the "Word of God". Yet in their deception, men do.
This rulebook view of the Bible does not come from the Bible...it comes from anxiety of over defending the Bible because the Bible is idolized to protect the man interpreted beliefs and religion’s manipulation and control of the “laity” and validat the man-made beliefs of the system.
Reading the Bible on its own merit you will discover that it does not behave like a holy rule book to regulate the believers life on earth, rather it is inspiring and uplifting when treated as the written word that points to the Living Word and is NOT treated as the Living Word.
The MAXIMIZING of the Bible is a MINIMIZING of Jesus.
The IDOLIZING of the Bible causes the FICTIONALIZING of its truth.
The BASTARDIZING of the Bible is COMPROMISING its correct context.
The DEIFICATION of the Bible is an ABOMINATION unto God.