Don’t worship the Bible more than God¶
I call Bible idolatry when you say that the Bible has been written “by God himself”, or that it is a book with “supernatural powers”, or when you refuse to accept scientific evidence when it conflicts with some formulation written in the Bible.
- Bible idolatry
When you worship the Bible instead of worshiping God.
Bible idolatry was one of the main issues condemned by Jesus when he talked to Phariseans. Phariseans considered and propagated the Holy Scripture as the primary medium used by God when talking to his people.
Bible idolatry is a temptation for every human who has studied the Bible. When you discover how much these texts helps you to get a healing glimpse into the Good News, then you are tempted to believe that the texts themselves are the source of your salvation.
Bible idolatry is partly caused by an old vocabulary problem. See Don’t mix up “Word of God” and “Bible”.
People who believe in the Bible can criticize and even kill each other because of their differing interpretations. This shows that the Bible is not a perfect image of God.
You may read the Bible thoroughly and still miss the Good News.
You may live in the light of the Good News without having read the Bible thoroughly. Though in that case you need other people who have read the Bible and who teach you the Good News.