Today I am grateful to Micah J. Murray of Redemption Pictures for sharing some of my words regarding the Bible, our treatment of it, and it’s purpose. This is a modified (for space) excerpt of my book The Path of Freedom. After you read my post over at Micah’s place, please do yourself a favor and browse around while there. You will find Micah to be one of the most real, raw and provocative giver of words on the internet. He is authentic and unique – and his words spring forth from One who is Authentic and Unique. You will be blessed to follow Micah, and his blog.
It’s imprinted on the genuine leather cover and spine of most Bibles you’ve ever picked up. It’s so ingrained that there is a good chance you’ve taken for granted what it might mean.
On the surface, it makes sense; we tend to think of things associated with the Divine as “Holy.” But is the Bible itself “Holy,” really? Can something be declared sacred to the point where it becomes worshipped?
It is ok to view the Bible with reverence, appreciation, love and respect – but to worship the Bible itself is idolatry.
This is where I get worried about the idea of the “Holy” Bible. We worship it, above the purpose and the Person it has been given to reveal (which are the source and fullness of “Holy”). When this happens, the Bible itself can become a barrier to seeing our Freedom.
I want to be clear. I love the Bible. I am thankful for it. I believe it is inspired by the Divine, relevant, profitable for His people.
I see revealed in its words the narrative of God’s eternal plan of love and the reality of eternity now. I see in its pages the person of Christ. I see in it the Gospel of His Kingdom.
In this sense I think the Scriptures are Holy – and worth worshipping the Author Himself.
But holiness is lost when this text itself is set as loftier than These.
This happens, often.