Do you suffer from BPS [Bible Psychosis Syndrome]? It’s more common than you might realize. Here are some questions you can ask yourself to diagnose the symptoms:
*Do you find yourself easily confused by statements in the Bible that suggest that the Bible isn’t your authority?
*Do you often use the phrase “But you wouldn’t know that if it wasn’t in the Bible!“, especially in response to statements from the Bible that point to Christ [but not to the Bible]?
*Do you sometimes think that statements in the Bible are more significant than the ideas they communicate?
*Is your experience of God limited to the words you read about God in the Bible?
*Do you find it impossible to hear God’s voice without your Bible?
*Do you treasure the Bible more than you do the fellowship of the Holy Spirit?
*If you had a choice between your Bible or a direct connection with Christ, which would you choose? [If you said, “The Bible” then you should seek immediate help.]
*Do you know the difference between a Biblical truth and a Christlike truth?
*Which is more important to you: The truth communicated in the Bible, or the fact that the Bible contains the truth. [For example: If Jesus says [in the Bible] that all authority in Heaven and on Earth was given to Him, does that mean the Bible is your authority [because you read this in the Bible] or that Christ is your authority [because this is what Jesus says in the Bible].
*Ask yourself: If the Bible wasn’t Canonized until the Fourth Century, then how did Christians know God for the first 400 years of Church history?
*How would you react if someone said, “There is no life in the Bible!”
*What if that person was Jesus?
*What if that phrase was in the Bible?
*Does the fact that Jesus is recorded in the Bible as saying that there is no life in the Bible make your brain explode?
*When Jesus rebuked the Pharisees for blaspheming the Holy Spirit, it was because they refused to believe what they were experiencing in that moment [based on their understanding of what was written in the Scriptures]. Are you in danger of committing the unforgivable sin because you refuse to let go of what God was doing 2,000 years ago so you can see and experience what God wants to do in the world today?
If you have any trouble reconciling the differences between the Word of God [Jesus] and the Bible [the Book that we wrote about God], you may suffer from Bible Psychosis Syndrome. The only cure is to recognize that the Word of God was made flesh, dwelt among us, revealed the Father to us and now abides in everyone who abides in Christ.
Jesus is not bound in any book. Jesus is the living, active Word of God. To know Christ is to know the Father, and this knowing is an intimate encounter that conceives new life within you.
Listen to the voice of the Word of God. His still, small voice is speaking even now.
Can you hear it?**
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Keith Giles was formerly a licensed and ordained minister who walked away from organized church 11 years ago, to start a home fellowship that gave away 100% of the offering to the poor in the community. Today, He and his wife live in Meridian, Idaho, awaiting their next adventure.
His new book “Jesus Unbound: Liberating the Word of God from the Bible”, is available now on Amazon and features a Foreword by author Brian Zahnd.
He is also the author of the Amazon best-seller, “Jesus Untangled: Crucifying Our Politics To Pledge Allegiance To The Lamb” with a Foreword by Greg Boyd.
Keith also co-hosts the Heretic Happy Hour Podcast on iTunes and Podbean.
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