Do Christians worship the Bible as God?
A catalyst for my exodus from Fundamentalism was my questioning of the Bible as the authoritative “Word of God.” I spent many years in fundamentalist Christianity where I had the importance of the Word ingrained into me. “You cannot know God apart from His Word” was a foundational viewpoint within my cross section of Christianity.
How the Bible ever could be classed as “The” Word of God now escapes me. It is a book filled with atrocities attributed to God that are contrary to the character of God as defined by Christianity. It is also riddled with contradictions. As I stated earlier, I consider myself a somewhat intelligent person and I am amazed that I overlooked and ignored so many glaring issues.
The proof that the Bible is the “Word of God” is, interestingly enough, the Bible itself. This is called circular reasoning. The Bible says it’s the Word of God and since it’s the Word of God and it’s without error, this statement has to be true. In other words, it is the Word of God. Huh?
In my final days as a Fundamentalist, my questioning the Bible as the authoritative Word of God disqualified me from the “fold” in the eyes of many of my peers. Questioning this book written by men was on par with questioning God. I was not surprised by this because, in my opinion, many Christians literally worship the Bible as a part of their “Godhead.” There are even many “worship” songs about the Word.
Here’s the Godhead of many fundamentalist Christians as I see it:
God the Father
God the Son
God the Holy Spirit
God the Bible?
The logic of the elevation of this mere book to Godhead status is the logical conclusion if one bases that conclusion on the following assumptions:
- The Word of God is God (John 1:1)
- Jesus is the Word made flesh (John 1:14)
- Jesus is God.
- The Bible is the Word of God.
If one believes all of the above assumptions, the logical conclusion is that the Bible is on par with God. While the majority of fundamentalists would disagree with this in principle, their blind defense of the Bible demonstrates this belief.
Why am I so persistent on this topic? Well, I believe this single belief leads to many destructive beliefs of Christianity including exclusivity, intolerance, and spiritual abuse. For example, one simply has to classify a group as “Pharisees” and, following the example of Christ as portrayed in the Gospels, have a full range of hateful words and actions that can be targeted to that group even if those actions contradict what is also held to as other teachings of Christ.
These Bible based beliefs are harmful to modern society as a whole. If a fundamentalist Christian treated their faith as a personal issue, they would have my full support. However, when they attempt to force their archaic beliefs on society or use them to promote discrimination against entire groups of people, they become very dangerous.
If you’re a Fundamentalist Christian reading this blog, I’d like to encourage you to take a step back, remove the glasses with which you’ve read the Bible, and look at it critically. Your glasses may look like this:
“The Bible is composed of 66 books, by about 40 different writers of various backgrounds, living during a period of about 1,600 years — yet they present one message. Such a miracle can only be explained by there being one divine Author, who was in control of all these human writers.
The Bible writers came from many walks of life, including kings, peasants, philosophers, fishermen, herdsmen, poets, statesmen, scholars, soldiers, priests, prophets, a tax collector, a tentmaking rabbi, and a Gentile doctor.
The Bible was written in three different languages: Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek.
The writings contained in the Bible belong to a great variety of literary types including history, law, poetry, educational discourses, parables, biography, personal correspondence, and prophecy.
Books written by men have no unity of thought on even one subject. Some of them invariably disagree with others. But there is perfect unity between the books of the Bible — which speak of hundreds of subjects in many fields. There is no contradiction among them.
Who but God could produce such a book?”
If you could, for one week, remove those glasses and be open to seeing the contradictions, you will be so surprised by what you find. The “perfect unity” is a lie used to brainwash you. Check out the site “What if you read the Bible literally?” and click on the different categories to see what the Bible really says. Also, take some time to browse through “The Skeptics Annotated Bible.” You’ll be surprised at what you find.
Of course, doing this may shake the very foundation on which you stand.
- The de-Convert