Thursday, October 12, 2006
Is the Word Flat?
No that’s not a typo. This post isn’t about whether or not the earth is flat. It’s about whether or not God’s Word is flat. By that I mean, is it all of equal importance?
Please notice that the question says of equal importance. All of God’s Word is important, but it’s not all equal. Oops! I let the answer slip.
How can I say that? Because the Bible itself says it. Jesus spoke of the “more important matters of the law” (Matthew 23:23). Paul spoke of some of his teachings as being of “first importance” (1 Corinthians 15:3). And when Jesus was asked about which commandment was most important, He didn’t reply, “You silly man… they are all of equal importance.” No, Jesus said, “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” (Mark 12:29-31)
Some parts of the Bible are more important than others. Some teachings are more important than others. Some commandments are more important than others. In another post, I’ll talk about figuring out which are which.