Are Holy Books the Word of God?

Well, of course they are. Everything comes from God, and since all are manifestations of the Source, everything is the word of God, including you, a lion, a gazelle, the ego. There is a beautiful quote from the New Testament: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. But we cannot fathom the word of God while it is has been tampered with by the ego. Only the few who have surrendered the ā€œiā€ with ā€œIā€ can experience the essence of the word beyond what has been transcribed. Otherwise, we begin to follow an entire book robotically, ignoring the essence within us beyond the duality of good and evil.