Archive for June 3rd, 2015

I recently saw this acronym B.I.B.L.E. on a church sign  Basic Instruction Before Leaving Earth.  First:  it sounds like the manual for what to do when the mother ship comes and “googling” this acronym it has been used that way!

I think the congregation with this church sign is one that teaches the Scriptures are the inerrant Word of God.  This is good as does The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, but I think the acronymn leaves much to be desired. This congregation is well-intentioned in this acronym on it’s public church sign, but it may be pointing the wrong way. This prompts two teaching points:

1.  We have manuals for every appliance, computer and wireless device and how to use them.  God’s Word is not to be  used faciley even by the most well-intentioned reader.  God’s Word is not a how-to manual for an appliance (the Lord?). We use things and His Word is not a thing to be used like a dishwasher.The Bible is the Lord’s means  by which we are educated and formed by the Lord in His Word by the Holy Spirit Whom the Holy Spirit can alone use, for us! (2 Timothy 3: 15-17; John 14:26;  Ephesians 6:17).  

2.  The basic problem in this acronym is the suggestion that the Bible is a “how-to” manual, so we can follow it’s instructions to get to heaven, and so we do not need the Lord Jesus Christ. In other words, just follow these rules. Then our works get us to heaven, but it is the Lord’s work alone by which we are on the Way (John 14:6).   The Bible already has an instruction manual, the 10 Commandments, and more than our computers we are crashing all the time or are about to.  The Bible does not point to itself but points to the Savior, as the Lord said, St. John 6: 39:

You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about Me…

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