Read the whole thing before you send me nasty messages. I came to this conclusion not after months of research or philosophical debate but after I listened to a GREAT message on my way home from West Virginia. The message was “Hermeneutical and Exegetical Integrity” by Scott Golike.
I have simply concluded that I do not treat the Bible with the respect due to the Word of God. I believe that your actions reveal more about your beliefs than a doctrinal statement or your words ever can. My actions say I don’t believe the Bible to be the word of God. I haven’t read and studied like I should have since I left my youth pastorate, I have a plethora of reasons but none that are valid or worth wasting your time discussing.
If we truly believe this to be God’s message to us then reading it is not an option. It was CS Lewis who said, “Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and if true, of infinite importance. The only thing it cannot be is moderately important.” I believe this can be said about the Bible as well. I have not given my time to study. I have abused it by trying using it to make my point, I have ignored the authors intent and inserted my own. As a minister I have used it as a spring board to make my own message sound biblical, and I will never do it again.
I will make God’s word a priority in my life, despite the cost.