You have neither heard the Father's voice nor seen his form. But you do not have His word abiding in you, because whom He sent, Him you do not believe. You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me. But you are not willing to come to me that you may have life. This quote leads me to beleive that Jesus does not equate the scriptures with the Word of God. Yes the scriptures testify of Jesus who is the word of God. Yes the words of God are contained in the scriptures. Have we mistakeningly put our trust in the scriptures, rahter than the God who inspired the scriptures? Have we failed to recognize the difference between the Word of God and the scriptures? Rhema, Logos and Graphe. Are they all the same thing? I don't think so. The Rhema and Logos are recorded in the Graphe, but does that make the Graphe the Word of God? If I write a song and include some of the words of God in song, does that make my song the Word of God? I think not... I know I will likefly get blasted, and accused of being a heretic or fallen away for proposing this. I know Daciple will be all over this and he is free to do so. I'm more interested in what some more open minded people might have to say on this. I love the Bible and will continue to read it for the rest of my life (yes I will even continue to read the words of Paul!). I know the Word of God because I have the Bible and that is a miracle in an of itself. However my relationship with the person of Jesus Christ is what my salvation is based on, not some words written in scripture. I don't want to make the same mistake that Jesus pointed out to the Jews in John 5. Life is not found in the scriptures, life is found in the Word of God, and Jesus is the living Word of God. The scriptures can point us to God, but life is found in Jesus, not the words on a page.