Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Superficial Interpretation of the Bible

One of the most frustrating issues a pastor faces is when people interpret Scripture by their experiences and emotions. Have you ever heard "My God is not like that"? One the problems of superficial interpretation is "This verse means to me." It doesn't matter what it means to you or me. The question you should ask is "What does that verse mean if you did not exist, if you didn't live?". What does it mean period is the issue!

It seems that people interpret the scriptures by their stage in life, their emotional attachment to past beliefs, feelings about averse, or their circumstances that they have experienced. When it comes to accurate biblical interpretation it does matter what the verse means to me or to you.

The following video from Cross TV on "How to study the Bible" is very good:

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