What a great, thought provoking topic.
If we were going to go down the whole post-modern track we could say that truth is nothing, truth is everything. What you believe is truth, what I believe is truth, because we make our own realities and truths.
So if we construct our own truths - do we need the Bible (an instruction manual of truth)?
Post modern thought falls down in the area of acountability. If there is no ultimate truth, then we are not accountable to anyone or anything. I don't believe God is a post modernist - but that is not to say he isn't available to post modernists. If God was a post modernist, the 10 commandments would become open to any interpretation, in fact the whole Bible (even Jesus) would be open - and each one of them aceptable. This doesn't sit well with me.
So do we need the Bible to know God? This is how I see it - the Bible is a literary representation and account of the Truth. So by reading it we get to know the Truth. However, the Truth is more than the Bible, it is God. God does not need the Bible to exist, but the Bible exists because of God.
It is therefore possible to know God without the Bible (such as Enoch did), but impossible to know the Bible without God.
Thats' my 2cents worth.
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Like Pr Dave Edgren I wouldn't be without my bible but there is also the growing concern that there are so many major differences between versions of Holy Bibles. In some versions you can prove Hell, yet in others you can prove that we don't die that the spirit lives on (Greek word for Spirit is also breath). Truth! What is Truth? I believe is getting harder to find the full truth that was written down by the bible writers and that we in a post modern world are changing the bible to better suit our beliefs.ReplyDelete
The bible the message is a good example. This bible has had Ellen G White's writings incorporated into the bible. Now I don't have anything against Ellen White, as I believe she was a prophet of our time, but in her writings she says that her writings are not to be taken above the bible but to give a clearer understanding.
I believe as Christians that we shouldn't get to wrapped up in this issue that we miss GOD but on the other hand not go oh well and miss part of GOD.
I believe that it is very possible to know GOD without a bible or hearing from the bible. I believe that the Holy Spirit talks to all of us and the more we listen the more we hear.