Bibliolators?

One of the pet terms that theological liberals like to call authentic Christians is bibliolators, implying that we worship the Bible more than Jesus.  I imagine they release plenty of endorphins over their supposed cleverness but the pejorative fails on two levels.

First, it is false.  We don’t worship the Bible, we worship the God who revealed himself in the Bible.  When in doubt we side with the truth revealed in scripture (read in context, of course) versus the wisdom of the world.  We trust in its claims to speak for God and derive our knowledge of him through the means He chose.

Second, their dig implies that we worship whatever we  turn to for knowledge of God.  Since theological liberals make up their own version of god (small “g”) and use it to judge the Bible, then by their own reasoning they are idolizing themselves (or whomever they follow to arrive at their views).

Chance said it best:

I use the Bible as the final authority on my views (or at least try to). Apparently that makes the Bible my idol. If I make myself the final authority on my views, does that mean I worship myself?

Once again, a cheap rhetorical trick is used to demonize instead of doing the honest work of analyzing and defending scripture.  I suppose it is easier to do that, but it accomplishes nothing.  That is why I weary of liberal theologians and the endless fallacies they provide.  They’ll debate to a point, then when they realize they are losing they fall back on these ploys.  Then the circles begin.

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  1. Just ran into this myself. The funny thing is the Word and Christ are one in the same!

    John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

    John 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

    Of course trying to get them to come to terms with that truth would probably be a feat of impossibility.

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  2. Hi Neil,
    You wrote: “Since theological liberals make up their own version of god (small “g”) and use it to judge the Bible, then by their own reasoning they are idolizing themselves (or whomever they follow to arrive at their views).”

    I think another principle found in what you just wrote is that whatever liberals accuse us of doing, is usually the very sin that they commit themselves. God is mocking them and making them fools all over again.

    Blessings

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  3. Neil, you said “When in doubt we side with the truth revealed in scripture”.

    Just like Lonewolf said “the Word and Christ are one in the same!”

    God can not and will not contradict himself. I agree with you taht we side with the scriptures when in doubt, but let’s make sure no one misunderstands. Christ will not tell us something contradictory to the scriptures. We can always use the scriptures to find out what He is saying.

    Maybe I’m reading too much into what you said, but my fear is that someone will say “God told me xyz and it doesn’t matter what the scriptures say.” (I think I know you well enough to know you wouldn’t say that)

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  4. Lone Wolf Archer — those are two of my all-time favorite verses! I just started going through the Gospel of John again this week.

    Timothy – yep.

    Randy – Agreed, Jesus won’t contradict scripture.

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  5. Not everything the Bible teaches works well in the liberal Christian’s world. (Either that, or like everything else in the world, we just don’t understand “nuance” like the liberals do.) So when we stand with the plainly written Word of God as revealed in Scripture, we are then making a god of Scripture, because it’s far easier to make that accusation than to defend their position.

    That works better, Neil. Please delete my original comment.

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  6. I appreciate your insight. I just blogged today about a similar concept that keeps creeping up in my journals and studies:

    If what I believe is in conflict with what the Word plainly teaches, which is in the wrong, me or scripture? And which ought to be changed or conformed to the other.

    If I am following Christ I need a standard to live by, so I make every attempt to conform to His Word.

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