The Word

People in all ages have tried to understand themselves, and the world they inhabit, through the medium of narratives and pictures. The library of books contained in the Bible is overflowing with evidence of this human capability. Like all libraries, it is full of books which differ in character and form, books which reflect and confirm each other as often as they enter into both dialogue and conflict with each other – mystical depictions, poetry, historiography, books of law, collected thoughts, pamphlets, drama scripts.

To the Church, the Bible is the word of God, which means to say that, through the Bible, God seeks us out with His Gospel. On the other hand, the Church does not preach fundamentalism – belief to the letter. The Reformation made the Bible message of special importance to the Church of Sweden, and indeed to all Protestant denominations. The Reformers argued that everyone must be enabled to read the Word of God and understand it at first hand. In Sweden this resulted among other things in the majority of the population already being literate in the 17th century.

Words are necessary to understanding and communication, but God cannot be pinned down in words. The Bible tells us that God is the Word – not primarily a text but Jesus Himself: the Son of God made man.

You find it in the north ambulatory before the Jagellon Chapel.