I want to thank each and every single person who commented on Tuesday’s post Is Our Studying Of Scripture & Christ An Idol?.
From what I received in the comments, I did add a little note of clarity at the top that read –
*Just a little clarity from the feedback I’m getting, thanks everyone for your help 🙂 I am not saying to not read scripture, even if for the wrong reasons. Also, I am not saying scripture by itself is bad. This has to do moreso with us. Hope this helps!!!”
It’s my job as a Christian blogger to be clear, and best as I try, that does not always happen. I’m grateful to be able to grow with a community who shows concern when it comes to Christ and His word. So feedback on big topics I cover always helps me grow, and I’m thankful God is kind in showing me mercy through it.
First, I was not saying scripture itself is an idol, rather the studying of scripture referring to the manner in which we do it. As others pointed out, rightly so, scripture is the word of God.
I used the studying of scripture as a potential idol, in the same way, I was saying we could make church an idol, or worship an idol.
Post | Church Has Become An Idol
We are told to gather with others. We are told to worship. But the manner in which we do can be a problem. The reason we do it can be a problem. Christ wants us to know the truth, but He may not approve of the state in which we know it, seen with the Pharisees. This was the direction I was trying to go with.
(BSB) John 5:39, “You pore over the Scriptures because you presume that by them you possess eternal life. These are the very words that testify about Me, yet you refuse to come to Me to have life.”
Worship, Fellowship, Studying of Scriptures they are the “face” of the issue. They, in themselves, are not wrong.
It’s the heart. Our heart.
The reason why I didn’t have a post on spiritual pride, which was a good point that was brought up, was because spiritual pride is too broad for this series. I specify the topic in these posts so it is easier to look at one particular part of our life.
Second, I was not saying that if someone should realize they are reading scripture for the wrong reasons, then they shouldn’t read at all. As Olivia and Sullivanspin noted, even if people are reading scripture for the wrong reasons, God can use scripture to point out the truth and edify the heart of the individual.
I think it’s very possible for our heart not to be in scripture when we read it, but that doesn’t mean we have made the studying of scripture an idol either.
Third, I was not intending to imply that studying particular topics in scripture was wrong. As I stated in the post, “I don’t think it is wrong to understand what we claim to believe in, in fact, it is important we do. Our faith cannot be rooted in empty words.”
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In saying that, I need to share…
I realize I should have been clearer on this. I sometimes make assumptions that people will understand what I mean so I am a little vaguer than I should be. This allows the potential for things I am not saying to be misunderstood as if I was saying these things. I also rely on past posts I’ve written, and why scripture is important was a topic I covered in multiple posts.
As a Christian blogger, we can’t make these assumptions. We don’t know our readers and their walk with Christ, or what they have read. A reader can only go with what we provide in a post. I should have posted links to the scripture posts in addition. (Which I since have.)
It’s important we understand and study scripture to draw close to Christ for many reasons. ❤ Sue brought up this point in her comment, which I am thankful she did and the reasons she listed like knowing the truth and being able to resist the devil.
We can get caught up on particular topics. People get caught up in the history of the Bible, or End of Times, legalistic topics, etc. This does not mean we shouldn’t know the truth of what scripture says on these topics. WE SHOULD! WE ARE ENCOURAGED TO KNOW THE TRUTH! That’s why the scripture is there in the first place. Never shy away from a topic scripture gives us.
(NLT) 1 Corinthians 15:34, “Think carefully about what is right, and stop sinning. For to your shame I say that some of you don’t know God at all.”
(NIV) 1 Corinthians 10:01, “For I do not want you to be ignorant of the fact, brothers and sisters, that our ancestors were all under the cloud and that they all passed through the sea.”
It’s just that we need to seek Christ and ask Him to examine our heart, and show us if we are using scripture and what we know in the wrong way either in understanding, how we discuss it with others or if the topic means more to us than it should. That’s all. 🙂
When we use scripture in the wrong way, in a way God does not approve, nor shows Christ’s love towards others, it not only stumbles others up, but it stumbles us too.
I hoped this clarification post helped 🙂 , and again, very grateful for your comments to help point out these things. I always want to make sure I am clear, and I know I’m not perfect. I’m grateful to be able to share mistakes and ways to become better as a Christian Blogger.
To God be the glory, thank you, everyone!
In case you didn’t see them and would like some more references on scripture you can check out.
How To Study & Apply The Bible- Series
Page | Bible Study & Help (Resource of these posts, and all of the posts of the Bible Summaries I’ve covered thus far. Genesis – 2 Samuel in OT and covering Matthew in NT currently.)
Monthly Scripture – (NLT) 1 Timothy 1:19, “Cling to your faith in Christ, and keep your conscience clear. For some people have deliberately violated their conscience and as a result, their faith has been shipwrecked.”
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