A glance through the contents has alerted me to the Virklers’ conviction that there is a significant difference between logos (‘the written Word of God – the Bible’) and rhema (‘the voice of God in your heart’; both definitions are on page 21). I admit I’m sceptical that there is such a demonstrable difference between the way logos and rhema are used in the New Testament, but I’m not a New Testament scholar and am open to correction. So, to boil away the flesh of this blog post down to its bone, I’m asking you, my reader, to help me with this all-important question: Is there a (significant) difference between logos and rhema?
Tuesday, 29 September 2015
Is There a Difference Between Logos and Rhema?
A friend from my church has lent to me Mark and Patti Virkler’s How to Hear God’s Voice. Ordinarily, I wouldn’t entertain reading such a book as it appears to stem from a US-based charismaticism with which I just don’t identify (any more). But I’m entertaining reading the Virkler volume for two reasons: first, the need to listen to God in prayer has impressed itself on me over the past few months; and secondly, the friend who has passed How to Hear God’s Voice to me had no way of knowing my state of mind on this and, indeed, has said that she felt compelled to offer me the book. Given my strong interest in God’s providence, I confess I don’t take such coincidences lightly – and so I’m going to give the book a try.