I used to be one of those people. Frowning down upon God’s Holy Word as being incoherent and naive, contradicting itself and containing many errors. I believed I had a theology which was superior to that of all the theologians I was reading.
I even wrote a book, Ultimate Truth: God Beyond Religion, criticising what I saw as all the errors in Christian doctrine and theology. It was satisfying, it gave my ego a boost, and it made me feel proud and wise.
At various times along my spiritual journey the Lord has brought me low and humbled me, and I have really needed those times in order to avoid being puffed up in my own eyes. In order to receive the truth we need to be humble and we need to revere God’s Word as being superior to our own ideas.
Why should we do this? Because God’s Word is truth (John 17:17). The Bible is God’s message for mankind in our age; His way of speaking into our lives about everything we need to know in order to live a godly life.
Do you take pleasure in criticising the Bible? Then take heed of these verses:
Let no one deceive himself. If anyone among you seems to be wise in this age, let him become a fool that he may become wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, “He catches the wise in their own craftiness”; and again, “The Lord knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are futile.” (1 Corinthians 3:18-20)