Saturday, December 4, 2010

Magic Carpet 4Sale Part Deux

The Christian scriptures don't have the power to save us or heal us or make us holy enough to stand before God. Only Jesus can do that. Our faith is in Jesus, not in the church, not in signs & wonders or even in the Bible. Yes, Paul says to Timothy (depending on your preferred translation): All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:16-17 NIV).

Some argue since Jesus is the very Word of God (See John 1:1), that scripture is holy. "All scripture is God breathed..." But then, I was also "God- breathed" (according to Genesis), I was even made in His image. God created the first man & woman out of dust & breathed the breath of life into them. His breath. In fact, we are all God breathed. John 1:2 says "Through Him all things were made". Does this mean everything (me, you, that rock, that tree, that chicken or cow) is holy? No. Neither does "God breathed" mean the scriptures should be considered one in the same as Jesus. I personally don't think the two are interchangeable. I do believe (despite human errors in translation, etc.) that the principles contained in the bible are inspired by God. I believe they are the testimony of the Truth. They point, they direct. The word of God can equip us to find, to know & to follow Christ with both feet on the ground, through the flood, fire & muck. It can, but does it?

"...the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart." Hebrews 4:12 NIV

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