6/14/2008

ithink: Against the Bibliolaters

What's more important: the Bible or people?  Of course, the Bible is the chief authority on all matters of ethical judgment, and the Bible is the very voice of God which teaches us to love others, thus loving others cannot be set against the Bible as if the question were: What's more important, the Bible's teachings or loving others?  The Bible itself points us to consider love for God and love for people the supreme standard by which all ethical/moral decisions must be decided.  But consider the following scenario: 

If you lived on a deserted island, forever stranded but with food supply and a daughter of the age of 3, and your shack is burning down, and you have only enough time to grab either your only copy of the Bible, or your precious and beautiful daughter--which do you save?

If the answer to this question is tough for you, perhaps you don't love the Bible as much as you think you do, and the title of the post therefore applies.    

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5 Comments:

Blogger Kevin Hendrix said...

Hey Bro. Not real sure where you are going with this, but... oh well. I read through some of your other blogs... to be honest, I'm having trouble maintaining a sense of relevance. I'm not saying the underlying message is irrelevant, but I guess being removed from the academic world has casued me to de-value a few things that academia holds dear. Perhaps what I'm driving at is transferrance... "how can I make this tangible, digestible, or even important for the 'everyman'?"

Different strokes...

BTW, here's my blog: cpjourney.blogspot.com

Sat Jun 28, 06:42:00 AM  
Blogger Bradley said...

Kevin,

I don't really have time to write about more "relevant" things for the "everyman." I wish I did. Most of these posts are simply cut-and-past from school assignments. If they seem mostly irrelevant, it would be because my seminary education is mostly irrelevant. Some posts are probably more relevant than others. Like the critique of Jay Adam's book is probably more relevant because it directly effects the way you council people. I suppose my Bonhoeffer review is only as relevant as those who are familiar with Bonhoeffer. If your a church planter, who cares where liberal theology came from right? Who's Schleiermacher anyway? Who cares about Jay Adam's and the Biblical Counseling movement? The T4G posts are really only relevant for a small Reformed crowd. That last posts was just a random thought to say: PEOPLE ARE MORE IMPORTANT THAN YOUR BIBLE. I guess I thought it might be relevant for people who like to spend more time with their Bible, studying the in's and out's of the text, and yet neglect to do what the Bible says is most important in life: love God and LOVE PEOPLE.

Perhaps one day I'll be able to have the time to both read and write on whatever i want, but for now, just cut-and-past school assignments for the most part. The relevance of my blog with therefore reflect the relevance of my seminary education. I guess i won't know how relevant or irrelevant it is until i get out and hit the ground running. For now, there is is pretty big disconnect between the classroom and the real ministry i do. A lot of it is "interesting" but largely irrelevant. That's one of the reasons for the SAET society actually (see SAET Home Page link on the right column of my blog).

It was good talking with you last night. Thanks for your address.


Bradley

Sat Jun 28, 01:46:00 PM  
Blogger Bradley said...

oops ... i misspelled paste

Sat Jun 28, 01:47:00 PM  
Blogger Kevin Hendrix said...

Hey man. I hope I didn't offend you. I surely didn't mean to. I'm not saying what you are reading and writing about is irrelevant, I'm just saying that my mind has shifted in its understanding of significance. It's great to know where liberal theology came from, I'm just not going to file that under "useful knowledge to have ready for conversation." I fully admire your grasp of these things. I just didn't expect to see that on your blog... I thought it would be more on a personal level

BTW- I chose to get my daughter and leave the Bible.

Kevin

Sat Jun 28, 02:18:00 PM  
Blogger Bradley said...

Don't sweat it. I actually agree with you that the stuff is not all that relevant to the average person. I guess it's all about expectation. I don't have any personal posts. T4G is as close as my blog gets to "personal" reflection. The rest is just school writings.

I'm glad you chose your daughter. ;) Tell Abby I miss her too.


Bradley

Sat Jun 28, 08:25:00 PM  

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