“It is Christ Himself, not the Bible, who is the true Word of God. The Bible, read in the right spirit, and with the guidance of good teachers, will bring us to Him.” — C. S. Lewis.
Backing up that sentiment:
“You search the scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that testify on my behalf.” — Jesus in the Gospel of John 5:39 (NRSV)
I suspect that not everyone will join me in affirming these quotes. In the process of verifying the quote from C. S. Lewis, I came across a website with the subtitle: “The Bible Alone is the Word of God,” that used the above passage to argue that Lewis was not a true Christian. I obviously disagree and have a hard time wrapping my head around the thought that “The Bible Alone is the Word of God.” It would seem to exclude Jesus Christ, the Word made flesh, from being the Word of God! Part of being a Christian is worshiping God and no other. Christianity goes astray when we elevate God’s word in the Bible to the same status as God’s Word made flesh in Jesus Christ. If we truly hold the Bible to be authoritative, we must heed passages such as John 5:39 and worship not the book itself, but the Divine One to whom it points.
Hat Tips: Mike Rose and Rachel Held Evans