Is faith in the Bible a form of idolatry?

by Matt Slick

Idolatry is a sin that occurs in the heart when a person gives to a created thing the honor and glory due to God. If a person puts more faith, hope, and trust in the Bible than God, then that is idolatry. However, it is not wrong to have faith in the word of God as an expression of trust in what God has said. After all, the Bible is inspired by the Lord God (2 Timothy 3:16). So, trusting what God has said in the Bible and comparing all things to it is not idolatry. It is a proper response to the natural authority of the word of God.

There are people in some false religious systems (Roman Catholicism, Mormonism, Jehovah's Witnesses, etc.,) who resist dependence upon God’s word. Instead, they rely on tradition, a prophet, or an internal feeling to determine spiritual truth; and when a Bible centered Christian asks to compare the person's teachings and/or feelings with the word of God, he is sometimes accused of being an idolater. But this is not idolatry. It is submission to the word of God.


About The Author

Matt Slick is the President and Founder of the Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry.