I have been discussing with some protestants lately about various topics and the terms "word of God" seem to be getting thrown around quite a bit. They refer to the bible or scripture as "word of God". Yet, we agree that Christ is the Word of God, "and the Word has become flesh". I guess I'm just looking for some Orthodox interpretation regarding this concept. Do we consider the 'word of God' (as pertains to scripture) and the "Word of God" to be related in some way? What is the relation?
Scripture as the "word of God" is true, but it is limited, in the same way that the Atonement theory of salvation is true, but to a limited extent. Protestants take one aspect and run with it, while neglecting far more important things. It is far more important that Christ is the living Word of God, the divine Logos.
The problem is that many Protestants turn scripture into the W
ord of God, leading to things like practical atheism
and bibliolatry. The Word of God is not a simple book, divine though it may be. The Word of God is a Person.
Also, many protestants refer to scripture as being 'alive' and speaking to us. What do Orthodox say about such an idea?
This is the idea that if I sit down and read the Bible, the Holy Spirit will speak through the text. Which is true, but it can't be taken in a "Just Me And Jesus" context, which of course is how most Protestants undertake this activity. In my personal experience, it's not so much about what Christ is trying to teach us, it's about "What it means to me." It's all based on one's personal conviction, and of course nobody can tell anyone else what it means.
When we want to have our own personal Jesus, we tend to create a false Jesus in our image, rather than us being remade in His image. (That was my experience as a Protestant anyway.)
John 1:3 shows Word of God as an instrument, not a Creator, maybe this means something?
Genesis 1 (which is what John 1 reflects) says the Word is the Creator, though. God speaks and things are created, which means the Word of God—Christ—is indeed the Creator.
This meaning is shown in icons of the Creation, which clearly shows the Word of God as Creator:
Isn't Christ non-literal word and wisdom of God? If he is, then God the Father doesn't have wisdom without Son, that will make him dependable, and yet we know he Himself is Auto-Theos and Fully God.
It depends what you mean by "God." If you mean the Trinity, then the Son is indeed the Wisdom of God. That does not mean the Father and Spirit have no attribute of Wisdom unto themselves, because the Trinity cannot be dissected in that way. The Trinity is one in essence and undivided. But Christ has been revealed as such, and since the Father is completely unknowable, we say this in a manner of speaking insofar as the Trinity has been revealed to us.
And yes, the Father is Autotheos and "God unto Himself", but that cannot be taken to the detriment of the Son and Holy Spirit, who are fully divine, fully God, all-wise, etc.