I reject the bible as THE Word of God, yes. I hope I explained that well enough so that you can see the difference.
I see it clearly
I didn't just say misunderstood. The bible has errors. Translation errors, at the least. References and sayings that we've lost the meaning for. And there are errors in context also- Jeremiah 8:8 How can you say, "We are wise, for we have the law of the LORD," when actually the lying pen of the scribes has handled it falsely?I think its just a matter of which is more important. God can teach people through the Holy Spirit. He doesn't need the bible, nor has the bible always been available. And Jesus IS the Word of God. People did not read his writings. They heard his voice. Which we can still hear now via the Spirit. Ink and paper are certainly a guide, but they are a poor substitute for hearing Jesus' voice.
Not only is this a rejection. Here you are in the place of judging the bible (God's Word). Do you really hear an audible voice? If not, how does he speak to you and how do you know it's JESUS speaking to you and not your own heart?
John 5:39 - "You diligently study the scriptures because you think that by them you possess eternal life. These are the Scriptures that testify about me, yet you refuse to come to me to have life."
I'm just a little curious why you would quote something you believe has errors. Anyway. I believe that passage to be true. Jesus is speaking to unbelievers about the Old Testament Law. They think (like the JWs) they can possess eternal life by keeping the Law, apart from faith in (Christ) the gospel of grace. Jesus is saying the OT testifies of Him, whom they reject. I don't reject Jesus. My faith is in Him, not me or my inability to keep the law.