More on the Bible

I believe that God speaks to us, I believe in ancient prophets, and I believe that they wrote their experiences in what we call the Bible.  But despite its origin, to me, the Bible is not an example of God’s willingness or ability to teach us.  It’s an example of Man’s inability to comprehend God.  I find little appeal in theories regarding the inerrancy or infallibility of the Bible.  
It’s not that I don’t trust the Bible.  I just find it cryptic, contradictory, and archaic enough that I place far more emphasis on personal revelation than on ancient texts (or what may be a modern equivalent – institutional revelation).
I believe in a God who is capable of teaching His gospel clearly so that it cannot be misunderstood.  I don’t believe in a God that demands worship without providing us with clear directions on how to do so. 
So I worship my own God, in my own way.  And I call Him the God of the Bible, even though at times He bears little resemblance to what I actually read about Him there.  But despite my belief that the Bible represents the works of men far more than it represents the works of God, I love its teachings and its poetry.  The Bible is a powerful text, but I find more comfort trusting ‘the Spirit of the living God; [written] not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart.’ (2 Corinthians 3:3)

2 comments to More on the Bible

  • Excellently written… I especially loved the last scripture shared. I also enjoy reading The Bible yet have a hard time relating to the God of The Bible, because, to me, God is different. That is why I enjoy reading The Book of Mormon. The revelations and stories are more lucid to me, albeit less poetic, than The Bible.

  • Thanks for sharing, Sarah. I'm glad you find comfort in the Book of Mormon.