Starfleet Regulations By The Book
Greetings, The following is part of an ongoing conversation I have been having with a good friend of mine. Concerning my view of The Bible and his concern for me and my "Low view" of scripture. For the purposes of this BLOG lets call him Spock. Spock said: " You would not have known that you have eternal life were it not for the (Biblical) writings you seem to imply you don't need." Kirk replies: This is just flat out NOT a true statement Spock. One can most certainly know by The Spirit these things, even if they never encounter a written word. One can know these things via direct revelation from the Holy Spirit. And to be totally honest Spock, no we do not need a bible to be saved or discipled. The Spirit is fully capable of communicating FATHER'S truth in love to us. Now, is the bible a very often used way of HIS communication? YES! Absolutely! But NOT the only way. Because if given a choice of The Spirit and no bible, or the bible and no Spirit....the ONLY choice that would result IN LIFE is choosing The SPIRIT. Because HE can write upon our hearts all we need for life and Godliness through our knowledge of HIM. And by the way, that "knowledge" is not just via learning, reading or studying, but rather through HIS touching our very essence of being with HIS Spirit of Truth and Love. I know this to be true because as a four year old child I first encountered Jesus and The Holy Spirit long before I ever came in contact with a bible. Jesus held and comforted me as my earthly father abused me in just about any way imaginable. Then Jesus led and taught me about salvation, fellowship, love, grace, mercy and the church. I asked questions and HE gave me answers and HIS truth never led me wrong. It was literally nine years later that I actually encountered a bible and all that the bible did was confirm what HE had already been teaching me by The Spirit all those years. Plus I still hear HIS voice even today. Spock continues: "..this is what I fear for us who have come to Christ from whereever - IC HC, dog house or what ever, complete with the benefit of studying the content of the Bible and the first Christians; and then recommend that If you have Christ you have all you need - forget the Bible..." Kirk replies: Spock, But Christ really is ALL we need!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ... and if HE leads one to the bible, which HE usually does, great! But if not and HE does not always, great too! You have never heard me say "forget the bible." Far too many times man has went to it and found what they wanted to instead of waiting for Jesus to teach them what they really need to know in any given circumstance. Spock, I will not dishonor Jesus who IS all I need by elevating a book to being a "need" also. HE is The Lord of Lords and not just the Lord of Lords when a book is added to the mix. HE is still LORD when the book is nowhere to be found. Now having said that you know full well Spock that I read, know and meditate on that darn book as often as HE leads me. But picking it up on my own could be likened to a toddler picking up a loaded gun. It is dangerous!!!! I want Jesus to lead me in my experience with the scriptures. Instead of picking and choosing passages in my flesh on my own. I know because I used to do it that way because I thought and was told that that was the only way to know and serve God. WRONG!!!!!!! Intellectual exercise and pursuit are dung, seeking HIM and abiding in HIM is where it is at my friend. I don't understand how you or anyone else can call my view of the bible "low" when I fully believe that its value and authority is just below that of the Father, Jesus the Son and the Holy Spirit. I love and appreciate the written Word. I just don't believe that it is greater than or equal to GOD Himself. Seems to me that to elevate the bible, an inspired and created thing, to a place on par with GOD is nothing short of idolatry. If given a choice between an Old Rugged Cross and an Old Rugged Bible...I am going to cling to Christ alone and the cross for sure. Love and, Kirk Out!