One group will not study the scriptures, because they have no interest in learning the history between God, angels, and man, or the precepts of God.Continue reading Three Views of Bible Study
I have so much to say about this, and I have attempted to be brief, but I have failed. So here are my hard-hitting thoughts on the subject:Continue reading Does the Holy Spirit Really Tell the Church How To Interpret the Bible?
He’ll not understand the end
If he has not given himself over
To the beginning.
The one who loves the truth
Will learn how to get at it.
The others, not so much.
As I ponder the difficulties of translating the Bible documents from their original languages, two particular ones come to mind:
- Rendering a passage whose meaning in the original language is unclear or ambiguous. And,
- Rendering a passage whose meaning in the original language is undesirable.
In the first, you have to render it somehow; you can’t just leave it blank. And how unsettling that must be!Continue reading Two Particular Difficulties in Translating the Bible
If you were willing
You could listen intently
To the words of Jesus and hear
That he was calling humans to a life of
Love deeper than most will want to realize.
And many think it the end of his calling
But if by chance you were willing
Those same pages would
Call you to a love of
Wisdom and of
To which few
Will ever attain in
This not-listening world.
And if you should be the sort
Who’ll shush his soul so as to hear
Even to the last whisper of the echoes
Those sacred and ancient pages
Would reveal to your heart a
Calling seldom perceived:
To take up that grand
Moral courage of
Do what is right
Even as you continue
On this beautiful-ugly Earth.
And only then, my friend
Will you understand
Why it pains me
To hear love
As if it
Whole of the
For love without the rest
Is but an incomplete treasure.
And this truth I am telling you now
Is one that this Earth’s hordes
Of non-listening believers
Are quite obviously
When reading a passage in the Bible
What person is there who can set aside
What he wants it to mean
Or expects it to mean
Or thought it meant yesterday
Or has always heard that it means
Or what his friends want it to mean?
Who is there among us
Who is truly free
Simply to listen
It can take quite some time to learn how to work the Bible puzzle—and for many of us, one of the first steps seems to be coming to the realization that it is, indeed, a puzzle at all! I remember taking offense when I heard a certain author call it that sometime in the early 2000s. My view of it at the time went something like this:
- We’ve been “given everything we need” in the Bible, so it’s all in there.
- If we were just faithful and diligent, it would all make perfect sense. It’s very “clear”.
- The Spirit helps us understand it, so what’s to puzzle over? (The way I understand it, therefore, must be pretty close to being right.)
While there are indeed some contrasts between the Old Covenant and the New Covenant, it is a grave mistake of hermeneutics to assume that they will differ at every point of doctrine. I do believe that they have much more in common than many have been taught to believe. And many will assume a difference before ever checking for similarity.
When the man submits his own conclusions
In his list of evidences for the thing
He’s showing you right there
That he doesn’t understand
How it works.