Professor Torrance - "Fundamentalism stumbles at the consubstantial relation between the free continuous act of God's self-communication and the living content of what He communicates, especially when this is applied to divine revelation in and through the Holy Scriptures. It rejects the fact that revelation must be continually given and received in a living relation with God ¬ i.e., it substitutes a static for a dynamic view of revelation. …The practical and the epistemological effect of a fundamentalism of this kind is to give an infallible Bible and a set of rigid evangelical beliefs primacy over God's self-revelation which is mediated to us through the Bible. This effect is only reinforced by the regular fundamentalist identification of biblical statements about the truth with the truth itself to which they refer. …The living reality of God's self-revelation through Jesus Christ and in the Spirit is in point of fact made secondary to the Scriptures."
This is how we can think that we have a relationship with God when what we have is a relationship with a belief system. Of course we do have a relationship with God. But it's diluted. We are insulated from genuine interwoveness with God - not because we are not worthy but because we have married ourselves to a substitute.
We can live a religiously respectable life as an adherent of a set of beliefs in a framework that is a construction built by ourselves and others. The Kingdom is lived in community but is it is the community of those who have taken John 14.20 seriously? Thus Jesus encourages. 'I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.' The issue is whether we are fruitful as daughters and sons because we share Christ's spirit and life or whether we have placed our faith in a definition or position of the letter.