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February 22, 2008

Sola Scriptura and the Value of Books

"[Christians] often hear and repeat, ďMy Bible is all I need.Ē And while I understand and affirm the sentiment that Godís Word is well. . . . GODís WORD, the expression is full of hubris. Itís not that Godís Word is incomplete or inaccurate or insufficient. We are. Itís the old four blind men and the elephant problem. If that Eastern example doesnít do it for you, thereís always good olí Francis Bacon. In sum, idols distract us. Weíre blinded by our infirmed humanity (idols of the tribe), our idiosyncratic personhood (idols of the cave), our reified culture (idols of the marketplace), and our inadequate education (idols of the theatre). One way of seeing around those idols that stand in our way of understanding Godís Wor(l)d is through a iron-sharpening looking outside of ourselves. Otherwise, we just see ourselves in Scripture instead of seeing God. Thatís why God gave us the Church ó to edify each other and point out our blindspots. Weíre not islands unto ourselves. Or we shouldnít be!"

--Camille Lewis

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Ooooo... I like that quote! :)

Posted by: Leann at February 23, 2008 11:09 AM

I appreciate the line "Otherwise, we just see ourselves in Scripture instead of seeing God." I think that it is easy to hear God when He is agreeing with what we already believe or want. It's much easier to shut out that voice when it calls us off the track we're on.

Posted by: Sebastian (a lady) at February 24, 2008 12:52 PM


 
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