Spirit vs. Scripture

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In a recent blog post, Keith Giles wrote, “The fact is that the Holy Spirit almost always contradicts what has been written in the scriptures.”

While I appreciate the desire to offer a much-needed response and corrective to biblicism, I am not persuaded that this is the best way to do it.

Texts - Scripture - Result - People - Spirit

Personally, I think it is better to recognize that the texts that eventually became scripture were the result of people who believed they were moved and guided by the spirit to push boundaries and challenge assumptions.

It is thus ironic that the texts produced by them or in response to their activities are then used to hedge in and put roadblocks in the way of those who seek to push boundaries and challenge authority in a subsequent era.

Dichotomy - Spirit - Scripture - Risks - Replacement

Positing a simple dichotomy of spirit vs. scripture risks encouraging a replacement of text-focused dogmatism with an experience-focused dogmatism.

I think it is more advisable to acknowledge clearly that the text is just a concretization of what people believed God to be...
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