I have started back on the Covenant Seminary podcast course, The Life and Letters of Paul. In reading one of the texts about Luke, I have constantly been frustrated by the "theologians" that the author is responding to.
Is the Bible the Word of God? Then how can Christians criticize it? How can we say that Luke was wrong in his assessment of history, or he was wrong in his theology? Did he write what God wanted him to write? Did God not control that?
I study the Bible to find out what God has to say to me, and to see how He works in history. That is my starting point. The position of having to defend its validity (especially to those claiming to be Christians) with history and research is a new way of thinking for me.