This is my response to a post on Mike Duran’s blog titled “Does Jesus trump Scripture?”
Mike, been following you for a while and appreciate the sensitive balance you presented to this most controversial topic.
It caught a central nerve with me as I am currently writing a book titled, “The Daughter’s Blood and How the World Began”, where my central agenda is to show how Satan found the concept of “Canonicity” and a “Book” or “Orthodoxy” as the perfect hiding place for the Christ.
I marvel how many times in a debate folks use Paul or Moses to “balance” out a statement by Christ.
While I fully agree that the Scriptures reveal Christ, I don’t think you can reverse engineer Christ into the scriptures. The incredible difficulty in the language used to reconcile an unchanging God between the Old and New Testament, is just that, -incredible. It almost completely blurs the distinction between our hermeneutic and the Muslims’ whose embarrassing passages in the Koran establish their error.
To humanly decide what belongs in the canon and what doesn’t, really translates into God’s mouth being under human control. To then in turn establish each passage as equally authoritative introduces profound relativism, (e.g. when everything is absolute, nothing is) at best, and unbelief at worst, -along with a dangerous amount of human deification.
Although I consider the “red letter” distinction to be too simplistic, I do take a strong view that God set out to “insert” a “Person” rather than a book, into the human story.
In this regard I consider myself rather pragmatic as I consider that most of what plagues Christianity today is an overly academic hermeneutic blinding the stark beauty and simplicity of Christ. As an example; in my culture, “conservative anabaptist”, family trees are beautiful examples of God’s original design in human flourishing, e.g. divorce and remarriage is practically absent. In this culture, we tend to have a clearer commitment to a Christocentric hermeneutic.
Contrast that with most of reformed denominations whose biblical hermeneutic is unmatched in academic sophistication. Their family trees have more divorce and remarriage than many secular cultures around the globe.
In this example it seems to me that Satan has been able to use biblical sophistication to shield the birthplace of humanity from the power of the Gospel. That is a huge win for him.
What do you think about these reflections, if you care?