“The Bible is the word of God.”
We hear this all the time. We don’t even think about it.
The statement is used to convince us if we have any disagreement, problems, confusion or negative feelings about the Bible, we are having those reactions against God. It is used to point out that God cannot tell a lie, and so there are no contradictions in the Bible, that creation is a literal six days, that homosexual sex is an abomination.
But there is a major problem with believing the Bible is the word of God. That problem lies in what the Bible itself has to say about the word of God:
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, andthe Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men.
— John 1:1–4
The familiar passage is John’s introduction to Jesus, and is one of the main passages used in defending the doctrine of Jesus’ Godhood.
When we hear people referring to the Bible, listen carefully. Ask, are they giving the Bible the place of Jesus? If we are to take the Bible seriously, we must recognize its acknowledgment of Jesus as the word of God, and its commands never to worship idols. Once we worship the Bible as a way of worshipping God, we are idolaters. The tradition of regarding the Bible as the word of God is so deeply tied to contemporary Christianity, we often fail to see the conflation between it and Jesus. This must be rectified.
Jesus is God. The Bible is not.
Jesus was with God in the beginning, before the creation of the universe. The Bible has only ever existed within the universe, within time.
The world was created through Jesus. The Bible had no participation in creation.
Jesus died on the cross. The Bible did not.
We are saved through of the death and resurrection of Jesus. This would be true even if the Bible had never been written. The Bible has done nothing of the work of our salvation.
Jesus is rightly worshipped. The Bible should never be worshipped.