Tony Reinke on the Difference between Scripture and Man-made Literature

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Author and blogger Tony Reinke made an insightful distinction between the Bible and man-made literature in his book “Lit! A Christian Guide in Reading Books”. Reinke writes:

Scripture is the ultimate grid by which we read every book. Scripture is perfect, sufficient, and eternal. All other books, to some degree, are imperfect, deficient, and temporary. That means that when we pick books from the bookstore shelves, we read those imperfect books in light of the perfect Book, the deficient books in light of the sufficient Book, and the temporary books in light of the eternal Book.

Man-made literature may be inspiring, but it is not divinely inspired—not in the way Scripture is inspired. Man-made literature may be empowered by the Holy Spirit to embody biblical truth,

but it’s not breathed out by God. Man-made literature may contain truth, goodness, and beauty, but it is also fallible, imperfect, and of temporary value.

 

(Lit! A Christian Guide to Reading Books Copyright 2011 by Tony S. Reinke Published by Crossway pg. 26)

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