Is the Bible Just Another Book?
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
September 10, 2000
This past June during the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention there was a lengthy discussion regarding the new Baptist Faith and Message. Now if you’re not familiar with the Baptist Faith and Message, it is a summary of what Baptists believe.
The first one was written in 1925. The second one was written in 1963. And now we have the 2000 version. You ask, “Why is it necessary to keep updating the Baptist Faith and Message if it is a summary of what Baptists Believe?” Well, it’s not so much what we believe has changed, it is what we face that has changed.
This generation of Christians are facing things socially that the generation who wrote the 1963 BF & M didn’t face. Just as the generation who wrote the 1963 BF and M faced things that the generation who wrote the 1925 BF & M didn’t face.
And so about every 40 years the Baptist Faith and Message is updated. Now in discussing the 2000 Edition, there was a question raised on the floor of the convention: does the Bible interpret Jesus or does Jesus interpret the Bible? Well, some say that Jesus interprets the Bible while others say that the Bible interprets Jesus!
Well...while discussing it, a man walked up to the microphone and began defending the position that Jesus interprets the Bible! And while he defended his position, he made this comment: “after all, the Bible is just a book.”
No wonder he believes that Jesus interprets the Bible! He believes that the Bible is just another book! Friend, if you say that Jesus interprets the Bible, my question is “which Jesus?” The Jesus of Liberalism? The Jesus of the Mormons? The Jesus of the Muslims? The Jesus of the Buddhists? Which Jesus are you referring too?
You see, it’s not that Jesus interprets the Bible, the Bible interprets Jesus. And I want to tell you tonight with every fiber of my being that the Bible is not jus ...
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