Can Jesus and the Bible be separated? There’s this idea among a growing number of “christians” hat the Bible is a compilation of thoughts by men and not entirely representative of Jesus.
But how can you have Jesus without the Bible? Everything we know about Him comes from the Bible. What if all we had to understand Van Gogh was his art? Would we then say Van Gogh does not equal his art? Many will point to John 1:1-3 as Jesus being “The Word” for which many compare the Bible as the same name. A quick Google search will find this explanation.
By starting out his gospel stating, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God,” John is introducing Jesus with a word or a term that both his Jewish and Gentile readers would have been familiar with. The Greek word translated “Word” in this passage is Logos, and it was common in both Greek philosophy and Jewish thought of that day. For example, in the Old Testament the “word” of God is often personified as an instrument for the execution of God’s will (Psalm 33:6; 107:20; 119:89; 147:15-18). So, for his Jewish readers, by introducing Jesus as the “Word,” John is in a sense pointing them back to the Old Testament where the Logos or “Word” of God is associated with the personification of God’s revelation. (www.gotquestions.org)
John is pointing people back to the Old Testament (a part of the Bible) for a reference of Jesus’ history and character. No where else in recorded history do we find a record of the teachings of Jesus. How can anyone say they know Jesus, what he taught, and how he would behave without the Bible? Furthermore, Jesus and his followers after him used the scriptures to prove his divinity. He is neither God nor Christ without the Old Testament portion of the Bible. Can you believe Jesus is the son of God or the Christ Messiah without the Bible?
You can NOT be a follower of Jesus without the Bible. If you start tearing it down saying “these were just men with their own agenda’s writing what would help them create a religion”, you must throw out Jesus entirely as the gospels would be part of that conspiracy theory. You can’t have it both ways.
I can empathize with the growing sentiment that many Christians have of their faith being hijacked by certain groups of Christians who use it to belittle, segregate, judge, limit, or control others. Many men have taken Jesus’ words and used them for their own purpose. Jesus is infinitely more complex than the short sample we have of his life and teachings given in the four gospels. And I will agree that the Bible is in many ways incomplete or even a one sided representation of the conversation. But “Study to show thyself approved” (2Tim 2:15). Understand the Bible for more than what others place in front of you. Don’t just throw the Bible away. Because without it there is no Jesus.