To be Lutheran is to believe God's Word. To be Lutheran is to understand that the Bible has a center--a shining life-giving center--that is, the excellent good news of what God has done through Jesus Christ. To be Lutheran, however, means we respect and hold that the entire Bible is God's Word, that we do not pick and choose which parts are worthy of our careful attention.
Lutherans understand that the Bible is an ancient book. We know it takes work to mine its riches. We know it deserves careful study. We have, however, always believed that the Bible speaks with God's authority. Those who say the Bible is simply an old book of ancient human wisdom are neither Lutheran nor Christian. We are the people of God's revealed Word. We do not make up or find truth (in regard to our relationship with God) on our own.