An Idol of the Bible?

“Bibliolatry” is a word that has been used as an accusation against those that love and honor the Scriptures. They are accused of worshipping the Bible itself. Because they believe it is Divinely inspired, they want to advance evidence to show that it is the very Word of God. They want to honor and proclaim its Truths. They resist those who would weaken or destroy its content. All of this is extremely important, worthwhile and essential. Nevertheless, there is a subtle danger here. We can worship the Book as an end in itself. In other words, the idea of the Bible becomes as important as, or more important than, the message itself and its revelation of Jesus and God’s plans, purposes, promises, etc. Can we come to worship the Bible itself more than the Author of the Bible? Can our devotion to the Book exceed our devotion to its central Person, Jesus? We need to be completely dedicated to honoring and communicating God’s Word. We must be even more dedicated to Jesus and proclaiming His Person and message. Jesus, in John 5:39-40, rebukes the devotees of religion. He told them, “Search the Scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of Me and ye will not come to Me, that ye might have life.” They were so involved with Scripture, as an end in itself, that they didn’t recognize that He, Whom the Scriptures reveal, was talking with them at that very time. They were so absorbed with information about Him, that they didn’t see Him! There is a timely excerpt in Mary Ann Lathbury’s Hymn, “Break Thou the Bread of Life,” that we need to pray,Beyond the sacred page I seek Thee, Lord; my spirit pants for Thee, O living Word.”  Selah! The Bible is God’s means to reveal Jesus. It is not intended to replace Him!   Ron

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