Um, this came across my Facebook feed today and lots of people liked it. Why? I have no idea.
The statement on the photo creates a false dichotomy between knowing the Bible and knowing God. It champions the second and looks down on the first.
The problem is that to know God, one must know his book. The Bible is an autobiography. God, the author, has told us all about himself in his book and if we want to know him, we read, we study and we do it some more.
Now, it is true that you can know all about the author and not know the author. So, you can accomplish the first without the second. However, it is impossible to know the author without knowing the Bible. You cannot accomplish the second without the first!
The picture above would be much better if it said something like:
Do you want to know God? Read his book that tells you all about him.
The Bible is not just any book. God wrote it that we may know him and love him.
Knowing the Bible is an extremely important thing, because it helps us know the Author.
Consider how important knowing the word of God is according to Scripture:
- Isaiah 55:10-11 – the word of God accomplishes the will of God.
- Romans 1:16 and 1 Corinthians 1:18 – the word of God is the power of God for salvation.
- Romans 10:17 – the word of God creates faith.
- 1 Thessalonians 2:13 – the word of God performs God’s work in us.
- Hebrews 4:12 – The word of God is living and active. It convicts.
- James 1:18 – The word of God brings new birth.
- James 1:21 – the word of God saves us.
I bristle whenever I hear or read statements like the one in the photo above because of the great necessity of knowing the word of God. God wants us to know him and he has revealed himself to us. He did it through his book. We need to know it.