Common Views of the Bible

The Bible is definitely viewed differently today than it was even ten to fifteen years ago. I think it’s worth it to think through what I think are some common views of the Bible.

These are views that sum up a lot of reaction and interaction I’ve had both personally with individuals and through what I read. What would you add to this list?

1. The Bible is the Word of God.

I’ll start with the only view that matters to me, and the only view that should matter to Christians.  God has a standard, He always has.  He’s miraculously communicated His Word to us, and it is useful to us in every way as we seek to live our lives for Him. If you want to know anything about how to relate to God, you can find it in the Bible.

Important to this view is that the Bible is a large collection of writings. God’s Word was written with different purposes in different time frames, and it does take some work to understand it well.  You should not expect to easily grasp something this large and written over such a long time period.

2. The Bible is the hateful words of a hateful God.

This view is that God is hateful and the Bible is used to thump people.  I have witnessed first hand some very negative opinions about the Bible, and they seem to be tied to a direct hatred of God.

3. The Bible is convenient for what I want.

This is the view that the Bible teaches nice things, but we shouldn’t really go to it looking for anything meaty.  This type of view will be fine with a surface understanding of God and His Word, but won’t seek much deeper than that.

This type of view fits very well with our current culture. Most people in culture think they’re free to determine right and wrong like they are their favorite flavor of ice cream. The Bible is useful to our culture in this way.  Lots of people know Matthew 7:1 – “Do not judge, or you too will be judged.”

4. The Bible should be interpreted with the current culture.

Never mind that a day really means a day. Never mind that the overall thrust of the Bible points to certain kinds of relationships that glorify God. If we want to believe what the world is telling us, then it seems many believe we should re-work how we think of the Bible.

This is most sad to me when it comes to creation.  The Bible says God made the earth in six days and there is plenty of great thinking that backs this up.  I know it’s a “non-essential” but can’t we admit that really as briefly as hundred years ago the Church by and large wasn’t looking to add evolution into Genesis?

I hope this gets you think about God’s Word. What do you believe about it?

In Christ,

Pastor Kevin

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