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I agree the bible is invaluable and critical, both in general and for the Christian. But I’ve also seen people, who called themselves Christian and by all we could tell were, use the bible to unspeakable ends. I’ve often seen those same people lauded by others I consider some of the most biblically learned Christians.

Satan quoted scripture! Jesus didn’t just quote scripture back, he showed Satan did not understand what he was quoting.

The bible itself is not the only revelation of God:

Rom. 2:14–15, “For when Gentiles who do not have the Law do instinctively the things of the Law, these, not having the Law, are a law to themselves, 15 in that they show the work of the Law written in their hearts, their conscience bearing witness, and their thoughts alternately accusing or else defending them.”

But back to my point, the fathers of our faith believed God before anything was written and it was accounted to them as righteousness.

Back to the OP’s point, we cannot have a relationship with the bible. We can only have a relationship with a living God. We do not worship the bible, we worship God.

Joe