Bibliolatry: in popular culture, it means, “making an idol out of the Bible.”
The first time I heard this concept was from a email pen-pal, and from Peter Enns, who advices Christians to, “Trust God … Not the Bible.”
I think I understand what he means, but sometimes it can come off as paradoxical. We get knowledge of God from the Bible, so how can we trust the message (trust God) but not the messenger (the Bible)…?
In his thought provoking book, The Bible Tells Me So, he says our expectations of the Bible is that it’s logical and coherent, yet the evidence shows that it often behaves messy, and yet God is said to be reliable (like a rock), the shield, the buckler, the shepherd etc., — from this conclusion he seems to say that the Bible is more so just a medium between man and God … But Bibliolatry (making an idol out of the Bible) is confusing the Bible FOR God.
I get where he’s going with this … But how does one explain this concept in a more coherent fashion without sounding “wishy-washy” or implying that the Bible is One Big Mystery Book with no hope of understanding… Thoughts?