Bibliolatry is what is also known as worshiping the Bible being a form of idolatry. Now, I don’t know of anyone who actually worships the Bible even bowing down, singing, and praying to it. I haven’t heard of any temples or gold Bibles that people worship. See, “bibliolatry” is actually used to refer to the act of worshiping God’s laws and not God.
“Bibliolatry” is rarely used for people who mostly spend their time honoring the laws of the Bible with little thought on Christ, but it is usually used as a slanderous label for those who believe the Scriptures to be the word-for-word inspired and all-sufficient collection of writings for all Christian doctrines and practices. The use of this label comes from non-believers and “Christians” who don’t accept the Scriptures as inspired and, or complete revelation. If a “Bible worshiper”, a “Bibliolater”, is just someone who believes in inspiration of Scriptures, then this label would be referring to the Lord, His Apostles, His prophets, and the Church for which He bought with His blood. Now, Christians must worship the Word in the flesh (John 1:14), but they must not worship paper, letters of a language, or books even leather bound books. It is true that we must not worship the Law of Christ, but worship Christ through His Law, which is essential to worship Him. Being that the Bible is the collection of inerrant inspired writings revealing the Word, Christians therefore respect the Scriptures and spend a lot of time reading them for the Spirit’s revelation is there, and this is not worshiping the Scriptures.
Strangely, these people using the label “Bibliolatry” for slander are either missing the importance of the Word, are willingly ignorant, or more likely they lack the faith to accept the Word of God as it is written. Elaborate scenarios from a little history are written to present the Bible as collected by men, polluted by men, and inspired by the imaginations of men. That’s foolishness. The scientific foreknowledge, fulfilled predictions, missing body of Christ, and conversion of Paul prove the Scriptures to be true and then there is even more evidence, which anyone may readily access if one would search. Seek and you will find. Then again, people believe what they want to, which usually does not include the Truth.
I could write a book on the Word, but God already inspired one. Look at the reasons to respect the saving Word. The Word is alive and active with no need of revival or any new life to be blown into it (Heb. 4:12). The Word gives life (John 6:63, 1 Cor. 15:1-2). One must be born of the Spirit to enter the kingdom of Heaven, and Christians are born of the Spirit by the Word of God (1 Pet. 1:23, 1 Cor. 4:15). The Word sanctifies Christians (John 17:17). The Word comforts (1 Thes. 4:18). There’s more. The Spirit guided the Apostles unto all truth for the writing of the Word of God (John 16:13). The Word presents the fruits of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22, Jam. 1:18). God’s Word also produces love (1 John 2:5, Rom. 5:5). The written Word of the Scriptures is not just another religious guide book.
The wonder of the Word does not stop here. The “words” of the “Word” of Christ will judge the world (John 12:47-48). In John 3:34, John the Baptist affirmed that Jesus has the Spirit and the words of God. Jesus stated that the words He spoke are spirit and life (John 6:63). Jesus also said that His words would never pass away (Matt. 24:35, Mark 13:31, Luke 21:33). Jesus affirmed that He is ashamed of those who are ashamed of His words (Luke 9:26). Those who do not hear the words of God are not of God (John 8:47). Then Jesus stated that He had many more things to say that He would speak all things by the Holy Spirit to the Apostles (John 16:12-13). The Apostle Paul stated that the Apostles’ words were not by man’s wisdom but from the teaching of the Holy Spirit (1 Cor. 2:13). The Spirit teaches through Jude that Christians are to remember the words of the Apostles (Jude 17). First Timothy 6:3-4 teaches that man’s godliness is dependent upon whether he or she follows the words of God. Should we read these words? Yes. Where are these words? You should know. Where does everyone go to find the words of Christ? Even those who believe the Bible to be man-made come back to the Bible for the words of Christ.
Christ’s words are not just symbols written on paper. His words are spirit and life. Can anyone else say the same thing about their words? It is based on these words that we must live. It is by these words that we know Christ enough to worship Him and love Him. We may have a general love for strangers lost and saved, but to really love someone, one has to know that person. No one can love Christ without knowing Him and the more we know Him, then the more we’ll love Him. The sole source to get to know the Lord is the written Word and all other sources learn from the Bible. I wonder how many people who label Bible followers as “Bibliolaters” are themselves biblically illiterate worshiping their own imaginations of God, their own lusts of the flesh, lusts of the eyes, or their own life’s pride. Most don’t know the Scriptures and just rely on their own philosophy, the traditions of men.
No one should be accused of the horrible sin of idolatry, because they submit to Christ’s words presented in the Scriptures. It is true that the Bible is not just laws, but it is also not just a love letter. It’s so much more. We must love the principles and ideals that Christ presents for the Church, which He has built and bought with His own blood. My heart aches to know that so many are changing to their own version of Christianity, because they think of the Scriptures as cold pages disconnected from knowing and loving God and His Son. Yet we love God by obeying His commands (1 John 5:3, 2 John 9). Where are Christ’s commands? His commands are in the book for which some would like to think is an idol of worship.