Recently, I received several letters scolding me because I refuse to take the Bible literally, obeying all of its supposed proscriptions. It is a sad commentary on those who, in taking the Bible literally, reveal that they have made the Bible an idol to be worshipped and obeyed. It goes all the way back to the 1500s when Martin Luther helped to initiate the Protestant Reformation. When Protestants no longer had to obey an “infallible” pope, many turned to their Bibles and made them an infallible substitute.
It is a good article, although I may disagree with him on several points.
Often times, people do make the physical bible an idol. They just look at it, afraid to touch it, believing that the physical object has some sort of power or connection to God. They don’t open it, waiting for it to somehow speak to them.