Christianity is often depicted as a ‘religion of the book’, however, this view is deeply problematic since the Book itself states that the ultimate unavailing of God’s self is to be seen in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. This is immensely important for a number of reasons, one of them being our interpretation of Scripture itself since it offers us a hermeneutical key for how to unlock the meaning of Scripture as a whole. Let me explain this a bit more thorough. If we take the author of the gospel of John seriously, then we are forced to conclude that ‘no one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known’ (Joh 1.18). From this follows that any image of who God is presented throughout Scripture that contradicts God’s self-revelation in and through Jesus Christ must be considered as a wrongful depiction, and the same is obviously true of any doctrinal statement. To conclude this brief thought I would like to say that Christianity is not a ‘religion of the book’, it is the ‘religion of Christ’. This doesn’t diminish the fact that our understanding of who God is can be derived from Scripture since it gives us the most comprehensive picture of Christ, but as I have pointed out, Scripture must be read through the lens given to us by Scripture itself.

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