I believe the Bible, as Hebrews 4:12 states, is “alive and active” and, as 2 Timothy 3:16 states, the Bible is “breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness“. In other words, the Bible is never wrong, never irrelevant, and always a powerful way God communicates to us.

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It’s crucial for the Christian to believe the above paragraph.

If you believe the Bible is simply the work of men, who made countess errors, then your picture of Jesus (among all spiritual beliefs) is, at best, hazy and incomplete.

At worst, you’re not actually worshipping the Creator of the world, but rather the creation of your mind. You just make Jesus into whatever you want. Scripture helps limit our misunderstandings concerning spiritual things.

We should believe the Bible is entirely true, but we shouldn’t believe the Bible has the entire truth.

Before you label me a heretic, hear me out.

What’s the problem with thinking the Bible has all the answers?

If we think the Bible has all the answers to our problems, then what need would we have for the Holy Spirit?

The Holy Spirit has a major role in the life of the Christian. In fact, Jesus said, “the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things” (John 14:16).

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Jesus said the Holy Spirit, not the Bible, would teach us all things.

The problem with believing the Bible has all the answers is that this encourages the neglect the Holy Spirit, which is already heavily present within Christian circles.

Why run to the Holy Spirit for answers, when the Bible has all the answers?

This is what most Christians do. If you have enough conversations with Christians, you will quickly learn that most Christians hold inaccurate beliefs about the Holy Spirit.

To sum it all up, we just flat out act like the Holy Spirit doesn’t existence.

Francis Chan wrote an enlightening and convicting book about how we ignore the Holy Spirit (Forgotten God: Reversing Our Tragic Neglect of the Holy Spirit).

Jesus said the Holy Spirit, not the Bible, would teach us all things.

Instead of reading ridiculous articles like “What The Bible Says About Online Dating”, how about you ask the Holy Spirit to guide you in that particular problem. The Bible was written before the existence of the internet and dating, so, as Tim Keller says, good luck finding something in the Bible about those topics.

The Apostle Paul commands us to “walk by the Spirit” (Galatians 5:16). The Bible is profitable in many aspects, but the Bible is only powerful when it’s paired with the Holy Spirit.

Let’s strive to be orthodox in our view of Scripture, but not at the cost of being unorthodox in our view of the Holy Spirit.

What your thoughts on what I wrote?

Leave your comments below

Jordan Kranda
Follower of Jesus. Husband to Ariel. Master’s of Theology (Greek Track) Graduate. Future Pastor. Present lover of cheese, Blink-182, & watching sports.

6 COMMENTS

  1. As usual, a pretty brutal and honest post, I’m still trying to get my head around it as growing up in a Christian home and my dad is a pastor, I was always taught that the Bible had all the answers. I don’t know if it’s correct to say that it doesn’t, especially since I have never come across a situation which the Bible cannot or has not answered, but I do agree that the Holy Spirit’s presence in our lives also fulfills the role of counselor when we cannot always find what we are looking for in the scriptures or understand it. I personally believe the Bible has answers to everything, whether it be through commandments, parables, people’s life stories, proverbs or songs. And I also believe that sometimes as humans we cannot see, understand, or find those answers and the Holy Spirit is there to guide us and teach us. Just my thoughts 🙂

    • Dee, I completely agree with what you said, and I was basically thinking the same thing the whole time. While I agree that it is important and crucial to not neglect our connection with the Spirit, I do believe that the word of God does in fact have all the answers. It always has, and always will. And if we study and apply it, we find that this is true, even in regards to how we should act and worship in spirit, as well as being comforted, moved, renewed, and guided by the Holy Spirit. Yet, we sometimes do not always fully understand or yet appreciate what the word is saying, and that is when the Holy Spirit can guide us into all knowledge and wisdom in the truth, but we must first have the word in our hearts, actively seeking truth and God’s will, his answers to our lives; and it is then that we find.

      • Exactly Tyler, The two work together, none is any lesser or any less helpful than the other. I just think that if we start to say that the Bible cannot provide us with every answer, then how can we even begin to say that it 100% true or that it is Divine and powerful. It just seems as though it could be a slippery slope that could lead to some misunderstanding and even heresy. I mean I get the point put across, but where do we draw the line.

        • Hey Dee and Tyler. I appreciate your willingness to share your thoughts. What does the Bible say to the girl who has been hit by her husband? What does the Bible say to person about online dating? Those are what I”m saying. The Bible doesn’t answer those questions. Some people love to pull out Biblical passages to answer questions like that.

          I remember pastor Tim Keller saying that he laughs when he reads articles entitled, “What The Bible Says About Dating”. Dating wasn’t invented until much later than the writing of the Bible. Everyone was arranged in their marriages. We just due damage by ripping apart the Bible to answer questions that were meant for the Holy Spirit and Christian counselors.

          My main concern is people making the Bible into an idol. They turn to the Bible for answers, instead of God. They limit God to the pages of Scriptures. This is a very Pharisee-like thing to do.

          One last thing, Dee, you said the following:
          “I just think that if we start to say that the Bible cannot provide us with every answer, then how can we even begin to say that it 100% true or that it is Divine and powerful”

          The Bible is not Divine. The Bible is not God. It is inspired by God, but not God. I assume you didn’t mean it, but that’s interesting that slipped from you, since that’s exactly what I’m scared of happening.

          Just something to think about.

          Again, your words were both encouraging to read.

          God bless.

          • Thank you for sharing that Jordan. You have addressed some very real and deep seated issues that are not directly addressed and spoken about in the Bible, but I think that through people’s stories (biblical characters of course) we can sometimes find an answer. Dating, for example isn’t a ‘Biblicaly’ discussed subject, and yet throughout the Bible we see examples of courtship, stories concerning premarital relationships, etc…and perhaps these can help/guide us. However, as you rightly said, because there is no clear and direct commandment, it is vital that we learn to live by the Holy Spirit and the convictions that we have concerning those matters. Love that you pointed out how easy it was for me to label the ‘Bible like God’, unintentionally of course, but I understand where you are coming from when you challenge our perceptions of the Word of God, that are often so human and therefore wrong. we are always learning 🙂 God Bless you! always looking forward to your posts

            • My pleasure, Dee. I’m in complete agreement that we can definitely glean some things about dating implicitly throughout the Bible. Excellent point to bring up. The Bible is such a treat for us. We should need to not exalt higher than God. Thank you so much for your words. I enjoyed hearing your thoughts. God bless you.

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