“In the Beginning was the Word…”
My argument here is with the idea of equating Jesus with the Bible. The two are NOT synonymous. They are separate entities.
Of course, it is a given that in some passages of the Old Testament, prophets would utter pronouncements said to be God’s word but certainly this is not all of the Old Testament.
Clearly, the New Testament was\is different.
Christ is the LIVING WORD. The presence of Christ is Life itself.
The problem with utilizing the Bible as the ‘Word’ is that more often than not, Christ is avoid altogether. In fact, Christ is often not even part of the equation when HE should be at the center of the discussion.
I think at least part of the problem here is that we skirt Jesus because it is so much easier to quote scripture than to live the life Jesus has called us to live.
It comes down to pointing fingers. We can salute the Scriptures with all attention to it, back away from the situation and thus avoid responsibility as to actually doing something. In this way, the entire onus falls of Scripture rather than on us, the Christian who claims to have the faith of Christ.
Another way of saying it is that this is another progression of either putting up or shutting up. Post Hoc Ergo: the fingers should be pointing to us, the Christians as we model our Lord, Jesus.
As any excuse is as good as another, we can’t have that. We must blame anything but ourselves, thus, we blame the Scriptures as we only refer to them rather than become part of them.
Insomuch that Jesus is the LIVING WORD, we too are to be a reflection of our master. We are also to be living examples of much more than mere words. We are to provide service through ACTION. IN this way, it too becomes alive and vibrant, independent of mere words to be judged on their own merits of goodness.
Finally, the accountability lies within us as Christians. We can either quote or we can do. The testament lies in what we do as an example and produces what others will also testify as our actions of our last word.