Terry is right.. There is far too much emphasis placed on the Bible Now.. There is also too much emphasis placed on "Doctrine" & "Bible Knowledge"
In a few ways Jesus showed that the current "Bible Worship" Mentality is not how it is supposed to be.
1. He never wrote anything down himself. (If he intended to create a doctrine he would have wrote it himself)
2. His father has not protected the Bible from Manipulation and Misinterpretation.. (If The Bible were Intended to be an exact Road Map for life and beliefs, Yahweh would have made sure the bible was infallible)
Acts 1:6 shows that Jesus did not place any importance on his Disciples understanding every detail of Bible Propphecy and future events..
" So when the apostles were with Jesus, they kept asking him, "Lord, has the time come for you to free Israel and restore our kingdom? 7 - He replied, "The Father alone has the authority to set those dates and times, and they are not for you to know."
He could have simply said "No Israel will not be restored at this time, it is for a future time that you are not permitted to know" instead he left them guessing, essentially ignoring their questions. They may have lived many years anticipating "the end" just as some do today.
The Book of Enoch is a fascinating Book, it contains very accurate prophecies.. Here is one interesting statement by Enoch in the book "
9 He taught men the art of writing with ink and paper, and through this many have gone astray, from eternity to eternity, and to this day.
10 For men were not created for this, that they should confirm their faith like this, with pen and ink.
11 For men were created no differently from the Angels, so that they might remain righteous and pure, and death, which destroys everything, would not have touched them; but through this knowledge of theirs they are being destroyed and through this power death consumes them."
Enoch is claiming that a fallen angel in Noah's time taught men the art of writing down their religious opinions, and he then goes on To state that this has lead many astray..
If you think about it, the Bible (And Religions based on the bible) has caused as many wars as Lust and Greed have caused.
This being said.. The whole bible is not worthless.. As a matter of fact, there are portions that are so profound, they compensate for all of the useless, contrived content.
Matthew 5-6 are the Greatest and most meaningful books ever written.. The Sermon on The mount is not truth, it is Absolute Truth. anyone that spends a good portion of their time Studying these 2 chapters and applying them in their live will see a complete transformation, and they will see God.
PM These 2 Chapters changed Leo Tolstoy's life and view point of life he went from being a Nialist to a Disciple of Christ, and in turn Martin Luther King was changed by Tolstoy's writings on these 2 Books. Other Great Sages of history have based their life and teachings on the sermon on the mount, or the Principles in the Sermon on The Mount.. (Gandhi,Tolstoy,The Dalai Lama,MLK) Even Budha came to understand these principles and he found Nirvana because of it.
Take the Scriptures with a grain of salt... Implement the good in your life, and ignore the Bad.