Sjolander Road Fellowship




Declaring the God of Unconditional Love

does the bible make you god's agent?

8/6/19

 

The belief that the Bible represents the very words of God lends itself to the understanding that those who read it can know with certainty what God knows, what God wants, what constitutes and separates right and wrong. By using the Bible one can operate as God.

 

The Bible as the access to the mind of God in effect makes one into a god, commanding respect and behaving with divine and therefore unquestionable authority. The Bible in this way becomes the perfect extension of the knowledge of good and evil which got Adam into trouble in the first place, a grasping after godlikeness.

 

Though we generally fail to see the corrosiveness of this sort of belief system when it is our own, we readily see it when another religion proposes to operate as God’s agents on earth. The problems we note in a foreign religion turn out to be a reflection of our own religious heritage- pointing to a divine text as irrefutable, claiming a divine obligation to promote God’s stated will by whatever means necessary, and in the process dividing humanity into those accepted by God and those rejected by God.

 

I’ve asked this question before about the account of the original sin. When Adam and Eve ate of the forbidden tree did they become all knowing like God? Were they afterward able to discern the intent of the heart of another as well as God could? If the knowledge of good and evil was wrong for Adam, why is biblical knowledge which supposedly divides humanity into the saved and the lost such a revered thing in Christianity?  What was the problem with the knowledge of good and evil in the Garden, and how has that original wrong become the sacred, divinely endorsed right in Christianity?

 

To a very great extent, the prevailing view of the Bible as the ultimate standard of divinely sanctioned human judgment simply repeats the same mistake Adam made way back there.