Quote of the Day

Finally, if you base your belief in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord on the truth status of the Bible rather than the other way around (basing its truth on its power to transform through relationship with Jesus Christ), you are risking idolatry. Jesus is the “Sache” of Scripture. Luther knew it as did Calvin. But fundamentalists and neo-fundamentalists put Scripture over Jesus when they try to make belief in him as Savior and Lord dependent on the inerrancy of the Bible. The Bible, then, becomes the gift in place of Jesus Christ. It should be (and is) the other way around—Jesus is the gift. The Bible is simply the Christmas-wrapped box that delivers him to us. I believe in the Bible’s truth and authority because of him. But that in no way requires belief in absolute, technical, detailed accuracy of every statement of Scripture.

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2 Responses to “Quote of the Day”

  1. Gillan Says:

    Nice quote! There’s a danger that people can misinterpret what’s been said in that it could come across as liberal in a ‘well believe what you like’ sort of way, but that’s not what it’s saying. The Bible is the word of God and even if we can’t work out every point, that doesn’t take away from it’s value.

    It would be very odd to be a Christian because of the Bible first and then because of a relationship with Jesus. The Bible reveals Jesus to us. It’s only through the light of Jesus that the Bible makes full sense and that’s what gives it its authority and that means I can’t pick and choose which bits I believe.

  2. Richard Barker Says:

    Good one Stuart – thank you for this solid source.

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