The doctrinal divides over how each other’s denomination reads the Bible are futile and fruitless. The whole enterprise is unfortunate.
Jesus will not be bound by what anyone of us says about him.
But the fundamentalist would beg to differ. Consider the following from the popular young and restless Reformed Kevin DeYoung,
“If you are a Christian, by definition you ought to believe what Jesus teaches. He is the Son of God. He is our Savior and Lord. We must follow his example, obey his commands, and embrace whatever understanding of Scripture he taught and assumed. Surely this means we are wise to believe about the Scriptures whatever Jesus believed about the Scriptures” (Taking God At His Word, p. 95)
No objection from me, though a few clarifications would be in order, as we would need to parse a few expressions here and there. But then DeYoung adds,
“Jesus believed in the inspiration of Scripture–all of it. He accepted the chronology, the miracles, and the authorial ascriptions as giving the straightforward facts of history” (p. 109)
We have a problem here. Come to think about it, it is not what Jesus believed about the Bible. Rather, it is what Kevin DeYoung has concluded that Jesus believed about the Bible. Dear reader, there’s a difference.
You see, a fundamentalist like Kevin DeYoung has so framed the discussion, that Jesus has ended up in DeYoung’s own theological box: DeYoung is of the theological understanding that the chronology, the miracles, and so on, of the Bible could only be understood one way–his way.
Accordingly, Mr. Kevin DeYoung has built a theological box and put Jesus in it. And neither will Jesus be bound by you or me–for he is bigger than the Bible, and especially, our reading of it.
In the end, it’s not what we believe about the Bible, but it’s what we believe about the Jesus of the Bible.