I never once said it was not necessary to study the Scriptures. If you are familiar with my posts, you would have to see that I value handling the Scriptures as accurately as possible, and that they are crucial for knowing God, and what it means to live as his people in this world. Even if you disagree with my conclusions or theology.
But, that brings us to the issue at hand. The fact that you, others, myself, and so many Christian groups have various and sundry disagreements on what the scriptures are saying in many places, should alert us to the fact that there is a dichotomy between the Scriptures and God. While they are the primary revelatory source to learn about God and Christ, they are not the same as God. They are not God.
The Scriptures in their production and their study involves human beings. It is humans, while inspired, who wrote the Scriptures. And, much of it reflects the limitations of human language, culture, and even understandings of God. Read the Psalms where the writers ask for God to break the teeth of their adversaries, visit vengeance on their children and grandchildren, and speak of him as if he was a warrior, tribal god as one example. See the general idea that the writers had of the earth being flat and the atmosphere being a dome above as another. There is more.
Add to that the reality that we are all engaged in the work of interpretation, and that none of us, with our own limitations, and personal or traditional biases, comes to the bible as a blank slate, or has a God’s eye view of truth in totality. Thus, it is clear that there is a difference between our human engagement with the Scriptures, even led by the Holy Spirit, and God himself.
This means that we need to approach the scriptures and tout our doctrinal knowledge with humility, knowing that we know in part, as Paul stated. It means that we also need to be ready for God to sometimes move even in opposition to what we think biblical truth is, as we see he did in the Scriptures themselves.
The story of Jesus and the gospel, and the dynamics of the early church reveals this. No one, not one person in Israel, expected a dying and rising messiah outside of Jesus himself. The guardians of the Scriptures and the orthodox readers of it missed him. They could point to plenty in the OT texts that pointed to a national liberator as messiah. A warrior king like David. We try to pass this off with the statement that the Jews should have known that this was about Jesus’s second coming, not his first. I don’t buy that reasoning. The fact is, there is next to nothing in the OT that makes the delineation between two advents of the Messiah. There is plenty that points to a national liberator of Israel as messiah.
How did the NT writers come to see the OT in the way that they did? I would say that they experienced the power of Jesus in his dying and his rising. They received the Holy Spirit through their faith in him, and their eyes were opened to see the Scriptures and their entire world in a brand new light. Jesus, and the power of his Spirit were first, the Scriptural proof and reshaping of the OT narrative by the apostles and NT writers is what followed. Jesus, and experiencing him, was clearly above the Scriptures and their understanding of them.
It was the same for the acceptance of Gentiles into equal fellowship in the community of believers, totally apart from circumcision and the covenant of the Torah. Again, the biblically orthodox could point to scads of textual evidence that supported circumcision and the terms of the Sinai covenant as necessary for belonging. What happened? Jesus was preached, and the Spirit was poured out upon believing Gentiles, just as it was upon believing Jews. It was this experience of Christ and his Spirit by Gentiles apart from the Law that was argued at the Jerusalem council as the evidence of God’s move, over against all the Scriptural arguments against it. The theology for this didn’t come until later in letters like Galatians and Romans. God and his sovereign action came first.
History continues to display where those who hold the Scriptures and their views of them on a practically equal level with God have been on the wrong side of it. The biblical support for slavery, on the basis of explicit texts, that were used by many US southern Christians, is an example, while the Holy Spirit was moving others to call for freedom for the oppressed. The similar reactionary use of scriptures during the Civil Rights movement, while others were moved by the Spirit to call for and even give their lives for equality. And, I would go as far as saying the use of scriptures to squelch the obvious move and power of the Spirit through female pastors in China and all over the world is a contemporary example. The Spirit moves upon dedicated women equally with, and more powerfully in some cases, than many men, and instead of celebrating and supporting what God is doing through them, the scriptures are trotted out to say why women cannot be recognized as pastors.
Unless we want to adopt the 1st c. view of Judaism of the Torah, that it was the workman at God’s side through which he created the world in wisdom, and that it was a living power itself, (practically an idolatrous view of the scriptures), then we need to admit that the scriptures, and our view of them is limited, that we are all involved in the hermeneutical circle, all engaged in the task of interpreting as best we can, and that God and his Messiah are above the scriptures and us all.
In fact, this is what the gospel of John says in its prologue… that Jesus was actually the one at God’s side, through whom he created all things. It puts him above the scriptures…to quote scripture!