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The Bible: An Observation

When the Bible is viewed with contempt it is treated contemptuously.  And the most contemptuous, and contemptible use to which the Bible is put is the view that every reading, every interpretation, every opinion concerning it is equally valid.

We treat no other profession as disdainfully as we treat the profession of the Biblical scholar.  Lawyers, Doctors, even Mechanics are treated with more respect than the scholar of the Bible.  How so?  Because while the skills, training, and expertise of the previously mentioned professionals are seldom denounced, the skills, training, and expertise of the Biblical scholar is regularly set aside by the massa perditionis, as it ignorantly opines ‘well that’s how you see it, but I see it this way, and since everyone’s opinion matters, mine is of equal weight to yours and should be accepted by you in spite of the fact that you are the expert”.

In other words, it is only the expertise of the Biblical scholar that is disputed.  Does this mean scholars can’t be wrong?  Absolutely not.  But it does mean that the view of the ignorant does not carry the same weight or possess the same value as that of the trained scholar.

Try this.  The next time you have to go to the pharmacy, go behind the counter and fill your own prescription.  You’re an expert on the Bible in spite of the fact that you can’t tell ן from נ or ς from ζ.  So you must be an expert on pharmacology too.  And piloting an aircraft- you have a flight simulator, right?  Or war- because you have a battle game for your x-box, right?

In sum, those people who pretend expertise on the Bible are those who actually have the least respect for it.  If they really respected it, they would understand that they don’t understand it as well as someone who has spent years and years learning the biblical languages, sharpening interpretative methodologies and skills, and living ‘in the book’ every waking hour of their life.

Nothing, after all, says dilettante quite like the soul which spends 15 minutes a week in the Bible pretending expertise.

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Written by Jim

March 20, 2014 at 14:00

Posted in Bible, Modern Culture

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  1. One of your best posts Brother Jim! That tells me a lot of good about you! (If it’d be necessary!)

    I may ruin the phrase above but the thing that I am mostly distraught with is when biblical scholars are themselves guilty of the disdain for the Bible! I often hear some of them, for example, mocking the notion of Sola Scriptura, attributing it to some mental malfunction on those who believe that the Bible should be the only guide for Christian faith and then I begin to ponder: Why if a contractor who is building a home tells the engineer that he will not use his blueprint as the only source, that “Sola Blueprintus” is idiocy and that anyone can build that home any which way they want adding other sources of information, modern ideas, advancement of the culture, etc… I wonder if I would like to live in a house like that.

    I am not in any way shape or form a fundamentalist (don’t believe it? ask the fundamentalists who know me), but I still hold the Bible in the highest regard, as the only source for “life and godliness” and will not build my spiritual house upon any other foundation because that it would be building a house on a sinking sand embankment.


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