Hey Saint Satan,
I think your right about this.
Many people feel they NEED the bible to get close to The Creator.
Id say its a really good tool though. I wouldnt want to be without it if possible.
Still, it is not a NEED.
Lets look at people in The Bible who were close to god and yet had NO written word.
1 st Adam and Eve who although sinned and were expelled taught their children to serve God without anything written down.
We know this because Cain and Able were making a sacrifice to Jehovah.
There is Enoch who was the only one serving God in his time.
Joseph, who knew better then to sleep with another mans wife.
Noah, who did just so.
Truthfully the list is longer these are just the obvious people.
The Greek scriptures bring out that god judges people by their hearts and conscience.
Your conscience is something natural that is there from birth.
Have you ever seen a crawling baby look at you guilty when you catch them taking the pots and pans out of the bottom cupboard? That is conscience.
Often people think the bible is saying one thing and their conscience says its not right. So what should you do?
Certainly you shouldnt go against the law of your conscience it will haunt you the rest of your life.
Later as you grow older you may find the bible passage may have meant something else and be relieved you didnt apply it.
Can you imagine if Jesus did things the way his Religious leaders saw the scriptures to say?
None of us would want to follow Him or feel comforted by His teachings.
I personally am glad for Jesus example of following heart, conscience, and mind as apposed to written word and Religious tradition.
Thanks for making me think Satan.