It dawned on me today that we may have forgotten – in our efforts to explain all our views of what the Bible is telling us – that scripture holds a secondary position of importance next to the Light amongst Friends.
It is a common misconception corrected by the early Friends that “the Word of the Lord” is not scripture – but Jesus.
Fox explained how it works when he wrote that scipture in and of itself does nothing unless read in the Spirit, and his proof was in saying that the Jews had scripture and yet denied the Christ because they did not have the Spirit in it.
Many Christians have – through the ages – called down Quakers for this stance, but we have forever stated that our guide is Jesus and he is present as our priest in meeting as well as (we hope) when we study the Bible on our own.
The idea is that Jesus always takes primacy. This is hard for many *Christians* to see sometimes, but I thought it might need to be said here.