The Bible suggests that the Bible is unnecessary!

Even Gentiles, who do not have God’s written law, show that they know his law when they instinctively obey it, even without having heard it.” Romans 2:14

It seems that the Bible recognizes that the Bible is not necessary for moral guidance.  Go figure!  Could it be that morality is reached naturally over time and experience?  Hmmm …

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6 Responses to The Bible suggests that the Bible is unnecessary!

  1. Monica Chin says:

    Actually, the Bible says that although the Gentiles do not acknowledge God’s laws of righteousness, they follow laws of morality only because it is written in their consciences and hearts. Take Romans 2:14-16 for example…
    …14For 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, 15in 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, 16on the day when, according to my gospel, God will judge the secrets of men through Christ Jesus.”
    Also, in regards to the Bible being unnecessary, look at Joshua 1:8.

  2. Monica Chin says:

    Meaning, God’s commands are written in our hearts, even if we do not acknowledge Him or believe in Him.

    • jasonjshaw says:

      Even if you take the perspective of it being instinctual, it still suggests that the Bible is not necessary for moral guidance.

      The book mentioned in Joshua 1:8 seems to only be the book of Deuteronomy.

      • Monica Chin says:

        I see what you’re saying, and I can see it through your perspective. But In my opinion, the Bible is not suggesting that it is unnecessary. It is simply stating in a verse that God’s laws are instinctual, as He designed us this way. I understand the idea that: well if it’s instinctual, why read the Bible?
        Well the Bible is the Word of God and given to us for knowledge and wisdom about Him and what is to come. (Morality is not the only thing that Scripture is for). Yet even in the case of morality, not every being on this planet has righteousness in his heart (we are all born evil as stated in Genesis), so morals written by God may actually be necessary. There are many passages that emphasizes the Bible’s importance in our lives.
        And about Joshua 1:8, I took “the book of the law” to be The Bible in its entirety, since “The Law” is usually a reference to it. I know at the time, Deuteronomy was a part of the book Joshua followed at that time however. I see your perspective though!

      • jasonjshaw says:

        That’s interesting, God’s laws are instinctual while at the same time we are all “bent toward evil” (Gensis 8:21)? That is a little confusing!

        I did make the title of the post a bit more provocative than the content of the post. My focus is on morality, as there are those who believe the Bible is necessary for morality.

        At any rate, thank you for dropping by! I appreciate your willingness to look from other perspectives.

  3. Nathan says:

    Hey Jason, it’s been some time!

    Here’s the previous verse for more context.

    13 For it is not those who hear the law who are righteous in God’s sight, but it is those who obey the law who will be declared righteous.

    The righteousness of people is based on actions rather than the scripture they here or their subjective definition of good. Essentially passage implies, from what I understand, that those who never heard the law can be judged righteously if they “do” the law according to God’s judgment of their hearts. It’s a common counter to “what about those who never heard about Jesus or read the Bible”.

    15 They show that (((((the requirements of the law are written on their hearts))))), their consciences also bearing witness, and their thoughts sometimes accusing them and at other times even defending them.)

    16 This will take place on the day when God judges people’s secrets through Jesus Christ, as my gospel declares.

    In fact things are a lot more difficult to those with scriptural knowledge, as it says in James 3:1-2

    1 Not many of you should become teachers, my fellow believers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly.

    2 We all stumble in many ways. Anyone who is never at fault in what they say is perfect, able to keep their whole body in check.

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