|“The myth of progress has come at the expense of developing the soul, leading instead to moral and spiritual degeneration. Distracted by a deluge of unimportant information, we neither know how to think nor what is worth thinking about, which is all the more dangerous because we live in a time when ideology is the new idolatry. Instead of being “transformed by the renewing of [our] mind[ s]” (Romans 12: 2), we conform to the world. Biblically illiterate and incapable of reasoning about the ideologies we embrace, we are driven instead by desire and passion. Professing to be wise, we have become fools, and God has given us over to the lusts of our hearts (Romans 1: 22, 24). Yet mimicking the children of Israel, we refuse to repent. Like the adulterous woman of Proverbs 30: 20, we “eat and wipe [our] mouth[ s], and say, ‘I have done no wrong.’”” from “The Discipline of Delusion: How Secular Ideas Became the New Idolatry” by Jerry Bangert
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter A Henrichsen (“Walt”)
“First of all you must understand this, that no prophecy of scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation, because no prophecy ever came by the impulse of man, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.” 2 Peter 1:20-21
God did not give us the Bible so that we can make it say what we want it to say. God communicated the truths of Scripture to men who wrote exactly what God wanted, not what they wanted. So too, we must interpret Scripture in that same spirit, seeking to understand what God wants, not what we want God to want.
When you interpret Scripture you must ask and answer three questions: First, what does the text say? This requires a simple, straightforward approach, handling the text much the same way that you read a newspaper. Second, what does the passage mean? Generally it means exactly what it says, although there are times when the author uses a parable or some symbolic form of speech. For example, Jesus said, “I am the door.” 243 Third, how do you apply it? Application is the goal of Scripture.
Often, those who claim to be followers of Christ are less reliable interpreters of the Bible than those who make no claim to be under His authority. The believer, when answering the second question anticipates facing the third question, and manages the text in order to avoid application. For example, a woman may read Paul’s admonition in I Corinthians 11 regarding women covering their heads, not want to apply it, and argue that the passage is culturally irrelevant. The culture of today rather than the culture of the Bible makes it “irrelevant.” You must take care when interpreting the Bible that you don’t misinterpret a passage because you don’t want to apply it. Because it is an issue of your motive, only you and God know, but never forget that God does know and He is the One that will judge you.
243 John 10:7
Nehemiah 10-11 Acts 4:1-22 (New King James Version)
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