The lowly Bible

Peter Enns posted this quote on his blog today:

Christ became flesh, a servant, without form or comeliness, the most despised of human beings; he descended to the nethermost parts of the earth and became obedient even to death on the cross. So also the word [the Bible], the revelation of God, entered the world of creatureliness, the life and history of humanity, in all the human forms of dream and vision, of investigation and reflection, right down into that which is humanly weak and despised and ignoble. . . . All this took place in order that the excellency of the power . . . of Scripture may be God’s and not ours.

Herman Bavinck (1854–1921)

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I live in New Zealand, am an ICT Engineer for Rhema Broadcasting Group (http://rbg.co.nz), and have a Bachelor of Ministries degree from the Bible College of New Zealand (Now called Laidlaw College, http://www.laidlaw.ac.nz) I can be IM'd at geoff at gurutoo dot com.

4 thoughts on “The lowly Bible”

  1. I find myself very uncomfortable with language which draws too near a parallel between Christ and Scripture. There is a great deal which can be said about the authority of Scripture without succumbing to the tendency of many Christians to apotheosize the Bible.

  2. T.I.M,

    I kind of agree, however, Christ is “the Word”, right? Besides it is more of an analogous statement regarding how we view the nature of God. We say that Christ is “in nature” God, but we also see that he suffers from all human foibles as we do. Like wise, the Scriptures are “in nature” God’s word, however, they suffer from human foibles also – we are not perfect, therefore what is written can also not be perfect. An imperfect medium can not create a perfect result. That is, our understanding and ability to know is imperfect and limited, therefore the scriptures, are also imperfect and limited… if you catch my drift.
    I am not saying they are not true, nor divinely inspired or anything… You dont give shakespeare to a 3 year old and expect them to comprehend it – you read Dr Seuss. The bible came from the minds and hands of humans, and is written in a manner that humans will understand – you know?

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