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Spiritual Or Natural In The Bible

How can you tell when the bible is talking to the spiritual or the natural?

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 ---Linda on 4/12/05
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The bible is spirtual. You must have the spirit of Christ in you in order to understand it. Your carnal mind can't comprehend what the word says. To me it is spiritual.
---Rebecca_D on 12/31/07


Not quite sure what you are asking, Linda.

We are people, a mixture of spiritual & natural. We cannot really separate out what God tells us through the Bible, and say "That bit only applies to that part of me"

At least that is my answer to what I think you are asking!!
---Alan_of_U.K. on 5/18/07


if you want an easy way to discern what the Bible is talking about, just buy a Strong's Concordance and a Vine's Dictionary, or simply find a good set of Bible Commentaries (all of these can be found at nearly any Christian book store or online).
---gabriel on 5/1/05


Thank you Bruce for such a detailed answers.
Linda
---Linda on 4/20/05


PART ONE:

Here is a typical outline of sound bible interpretation principles:
1. Listen to Your Teacher!
Approach your study with a teachable, expectant attitude, desiring to be taught of God.
2. Discover the Writer's Intent
Put yourself in the writer's sandals, and setting aside your preconceptions, aim to recover the writer's intent--including the intent of the ultimate Author, which sometimes goes beyond even the understanding of the human writer (e.g., 1 Peter 1:10-12 on the prophets).
---Bruce5656 on 4/19/05




PART TWO:
3. Interpret Literally
Accept the usual, literal sense of the words unless you have reason to believe they are figurative or allegorical. Interpret figurative language in the same way we use it in normal speech.
4. Observe the Context
Interpret in the light of the setting. Harmonize with the local and larger context, also the total context of biblical truth.
5.Relate to the Historical/Cultural Setting
Interpret with the historical and cultural setting in mind. It can make a great difference as to how we understand what is being said.
---Bruce5656 on 4/19/05


PART THREE:
6. Consider the Literary Mold
The literary mold in which the language is cast is often crucial to our interpretation. Is it poetry? If so, that makes a difference, e.g., the Psalms.
7. Observe the Author's Scope and Plan
Every portion of the scripture does not cover every subject, so we must interpret in accord with the author's scope and plan, being consistent with the aim of God's total revelation.
---Bruce5656 on 4/19/05


PART FOUR:
8. Compare Scripture with Scripture
View corollary passages alongside the passage you are studying. Clear up problem areas with the clear teaching of other passages relating to the same subject.
9. Study Word Meanings and Grammar
Our normal tendency is to assume more than we really understand, thus arriving at a superficial view. We must observe word meanings and grammatical relationships carefully.
10. Remember, God Speaks in Human Terms
Recognize God's... accommodation of our limited, finite understanding by the use of human language in terms that men can grasp.
---Bruce5656 on 4/19/05


PART FIVE:
11. Use the Original Languages
In difficult interpretive problems, check the original language as the final authority. Many times (though not always), this will give the added light we need.
From BASICS OF BIBLE INTERPERTATION by Bob Smith
---Bruce5656 on 4/19/05


Philip's question was natural, "Jesus, show us the Father and we will be satisfied." So Jesus appropiately answered with a response to the natural, "You want to see the Father? Philip, i have been with you a long time and you still don't know who i am? If you see me, you are seeing the Father." Then Jesus explains his God-hood miracles as credentials of being Father God- i walk on water, turn water into wine, feed the multitudes, i save from sins, cast out devils, i heal the sick, the blind see, the deaf hear, the cripple walk, the dumb speak, and i raise the dead.
---Eloy on 4/13/05




Rebecca ... there is a huge amount in the Bible which is natural rather than spiritual (by natural I would mean pertaining to the practicalities of human life and society, rather that specifically to do with our relationship with God)

God in the Bible is giving us guidance and instruction about ALL parts of our lives.

And I suppose an example of this is that most of the Ten Commandments would be good laws for a godless society
---Alan_of_U.K. on 4/12/05


A Spiritual meaning or a natural meaning?Eph. You are seated in heavenly places with Him...is spiritual. John, Don't you know me Philip, even after I have been among you for so long, anyone who has seen me has seen the Father...Natural or Spiritual meaning?
---Linda on 4/12/05


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