I’m having bible studies with a Presbyterian friend (ex-Catholic) and after reading through John 1 we both agreed that the Word mentioned from 1-5 is Jesus. To further consolidate this point I mentioned how the Word was translated from the Greek word Logos and did a bit of explaining and research together.
I was actually really surprised that we could agree on this: a couple weeks before he used John 1 as evidence for his argument that ‘THE BIBLE IS ENOUGH’ and at the time I didn’t know how to respond which was quite a shame. I was also happy we could gain a deeper understand of Jesus’ importance via looking at connections in Genesis 1.
When I took a toilet break and came back, he (unfortunately) began to question whether the Word that is being referred to also means the bible. He believed these were equal or meant the same thing and drew a triangle diagram with Jesus, The Word and Bible at each point. I explained how Jesus cannot = bible. His rationale (not perfectly described here) was that if the bible is centered around Christ and it’s purpose is to explain our salvation through Him, then the bible is the Word. It was confusing logic to me and he in turn regarded my logic as confusing.
This was my logic:
The ‘Word’ used in the bible doesn’t always mean the same thing: it can refer to Jesus (John 1) or scripture (words written down and inspired by the Holy Spirit). Somehow we ended up on the major implication of the bible NOT being enough and that tradition is needed.
In explaining tradition I mentioned how the new testament canon was not formed until around 300 AD. I also pointed to the fact that things were said and done that were not recorded in the bible (end of John).
THE BIG WORRY: I then asked my friend if he would refer to the words that Jesus said as the ‘Word of God’ since He spoke using words and is God. He said yes. Then I said something along the lines of well there you have it, the bible isn’t the only source of the ‘Word of God’. He said that was HERESY!
Was I wrong here! Was that heretical? It actually got me a little scared :eek:
We plan to go through more of John as well as explore the concept of Christian tradition.
I purposely described the gist of our discussion so you could critique or give advice for the future (PLEASE GIVE ME ANY FEEDBACK :D). I feel like I’ve come a long way in a short period of time doing apologetics. I’m being as loving as possible whilst relying on God (not me) to change hearts. Hope, Faith and Love. Thanks to those who read the whole thing.
God bless and HAPPY EASTER!!!