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How To Interpret Scripture

How should we interpret Scripture from God's viewpoint, since none of us God?

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Trav-- you say "As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated.... Using John 3:16 will not convince me that God's love is universal"

You could just as well say:
"becuse John 3:16 says God loves the world, I can't believe He hated Esau."

Why do you choose to say the one but not the other?---Donna66 on 12/28/10

Christian made John 3:16 comment.
It is not supported/witnessed scripturally the way milk Christians use it though. As Christian notes, problems attached with the universal doctrine.
U & scripture have witness in the nations addressed.
Extended:
John 17:9
I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me, for they are thine.
---Trav on 1/5/11


Scriptrue should be interpreted by the plain meaning of what it says. All scripture is profitable for doctrine. 2 Tim. 3 Therefore we should look at the context, the time when spoken and to whom, what different good translations say and compare all verses that apply to the same topic.

We need to study with prayer asking GOD to guide us through the HOLY SPIRIT into truth.
---Samuel on 1/4/11


We should interpret Scripture from God's view point. He is after all the Sovereign Lord of the Universe. God after all,
"Upholdeth all things by the Word of His power" Heb.1:3. and because He upholdeth all things, therefore is God called the Preserver of "man and beast" Ps. 36:6.
---Mark_V. on 1/3/11


-- Kathr :

I hope so....Like, gee , let me bite my nails in anticipation-- Kathr

Sister, You're describing DOUBT not HOPE !!!

Those who act like you say, saying "Gee, let me bite my nails in anticipation", are fearful & acting in doubt... and are not rejoicing in Hope, Patient in tribulation nor continuing instant in prayer.

I Believe Rom.3:24 that we're "Justified freely by God's Grace through the Redemption that is in Christ" which is the Faith of Christ : Faith being the substance of things HOPED for...

Good Day
---Shawn.M.T. on 1/2/11


Scripture needs interpretation, and I believe there are Holy Spirit-filled men who can help others understand. Remember Evangelist Philip interpreting to the Ethopian Eunuch (Acts8:26-40) when the former was reading without understanding?

faraicis
---faraicis on 12/31/10

This is interesting because if you notice...what he does is add witness to the prophets he mentions. His testimoney alone would have been an opinion.

This Israelite Eunuch from Ethiopia believed the prophets and one Apostle. One would think todays Christians would.
---Trav on 1/1/11




referring to Isaiah 53:

34 The eunuch asked Philip, Tell me, please, who is the prophet talking about, himself or someone else? 35 Then Philip began with that very passage of Scripture and told him the good news about Jesus.

faraisis, I love this passage. See, men are not totaly depraved. And YES, we who are saved and filled with the Holy Spirit WITNESS the Good News about Jesus.

If the eunuch were already born of the spirit to see,as some here teach, he wouldn't have need to ask...WHO is this passage talking about.

And those who testify of Christ testify out of their own witness, not from a commentary.
---kathr4453 on 1/1/11


Scripture needs interpretation, and I believe there are Holy Spirit-filled men who can help others understand. Remember Evangelist Philip interpreting to the Ethopian Eunuch (Acts8:26-40) when the former was reading without understanding?

faraicis
---faraicis on 12/31/10


ShawnMT, Jesus is our Blessed HOPE. But that doesn't mean to some He is their blessed doubt.

Hope in scripture doesn't mean...I hope so....Like, gee , let me bite my nails in anticipation that I have remained justified.

ShawnMT my, MY HOPE is knowing as we speak when Christ returns and redeems all of me, that I will be like Him...

Christ IS my Hope, not my doubt!
---kathr4453 on 12/31/10


Romans 3:24
Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:


ShawnMT and MarkV, I believe I am justified FREELY by His Grace. It is a GIFT. I do not have to earn it, nor did I have to work for it to begin with.

I know ShawnMT you are trying to WIGGLE our of it, but you're only making it worse, and MarKv's agreement with you only desolves Your own belief of The Sovereignty of God.
---kathr4453 on 12/31/10


-- Kathr :

Justification cannot leave you-- Kathr

Amen Sister, I agree, Believe & hold Faith in Christ without a DOUBT that WE'LL REMAIN JUSTIFIED !!!

BTW ~ Doubt is the opposite of Hope... So if a person isn't doubtful, that would mean that they're Hopeful :-)

Kathr, Learn to properly comprehend the English language and your wrath probable won't get the best of you next time... as it did this time, causing you to carry this ranting & raving of yours into at least three different threads !!!

Good Day
---Shawn.M.T. on 12/31/10




--"As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated." and one continues to preach that God loves everyone, you have called God a liar. Using John 3:16 will not convince me that God's love is universal but God's people are found all over the world.---Christian

You, my friend, are deceived. Did you even cross reference where the quote in that verse was taken from? Its not talking about the those 2 men, its talking about the NATIONS of people that were their offspring. How God blessed one nation and allowed the other to fade away. Israel is Jacob and those who come to faith in Jesus CHrist are considered Israel. All those who dont are like Edom.

Talk about twisting scripture! Simply amazing.
---CraigA on 12/31/10


Kathr, lets get real here. All you are doing is looking for dirt. And on those who believe in the Sovereignty of God. Every single one you have made slanderous remarks, comments they never said, or comments they do not believe in that you say they do. Your mind is on dirt and not to debate the word of God. Just a lot of talk and you never answer to the Scriptures given to you. You make up everything as you go and string along stories after stories, with no order.
I want to wish you a happy new year and hope that things will change for you in the next year. This year did not do it. Keep safe.
---Mark_V. on 12/31/10


//Are we in HOPES of remaining Justified...according to scripture?

In simpliest of terms, justification may be defined as that single act by which unjust sinners are made right in the sight of a just and holy God.

Justification by faith alone means that the works we do are not good enough to merit justification. Romans 3:20 That is we are declared, counted, or reckoned to be righteous when God imputes the righteousness of Christ to our account (2 Cor. 5,21)

Hope is not faith, we need only to trust in what He has told us in His word.
---leej on 12/31/10


MarkV, NO! If you took the comment leej stated, you would KNOW shawnMT question is based on the ambiguous...not the EXPLICIT word of God.

I'll ask YOU the same question...what happened to YOU???

There is no such thing as the TREE of the Knowledge of sin.


The Knowledge of sin was given to Moses written on STONE.
---kathr4453 on 12/30/10


Ambiguous statements cause uncertainty/CONFUSION. Their words are vague, unclear, confusing and hazy. The opposite would mean CLEAR.
Now the Gnostics would throw out a question like this, TRYING to make you feel THEY had some higher knowledge, and if you dont get it, you are not spiritual and are unregenerate.
Those who claim to understand the ambiguous comments from Gnostics, also fail to understand the CLEAR meaning of scripture, accusing YOU of being confused and confusing scripture.
No one need be alarmed at such tactics. Stay true to your convictions and true to the Scriptures.
Satan is the Author of Confusion, not God. Know your enemy! Its helps put all into perspective.
Not all who say Lord Lord are saved.
---kathr4453 on 12/30/10


And that is precisely why the Puritans in their belief that God appointed 1 day in 7 as a
---leej on 12/28/10

I am so glad you posted this.

1: It shows that this is not of God in any way shape or form.
2: Going precept up precept, here a little there a little, it would show that only the 7th day is blessed and sanctified throught the bible

Thank you for this post.
---francis on 12/30/10


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1 CORINTHIANS 2:12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, the spirit which is God, that we might know the things that are freely given to us of GOD.

1 CORINTHIANS 2:13 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth. but which the Holy Ghost Teacheth, Comparing spiritual things with spiritual.
---RICHARD on 12/30/10


Kathr, when you said,

"Scripture teaches scripture as teh Holy Spirit alone enlightens us as to God's truth..which Jesus said, My Words are SPIRIT and they are TRUTH!"

Why haven't you been enlightened? Why are you so far off? What happened to you? If you had taken Leej's advice on how to separate the explicit from the implicit you would know, a small part, how to interpret Scripture. The Spirit should give you a passion to learn from whatever means you can, and you do not use allow the Spirit to help you.
---Mark_V. on 12/30/10


leej, using your principle, as MarkV also agrees with, how does this question measure up? Are we in HOPES of remaining Justified...according to scripture?

Did the Knowledge of sin come from a tree, or the Law of Moses? Can one actually eat tablets of STONE?





Before the Fall, man was Justified to eat of anything but the Tree containing the Knowledge of sinful evil. Why do those who are in Hopes of remaining Justified through Faith in Christ, continuing to eat/follow the law of the Knowledge of sin, originating from that Tree, which they're no longer under?
---kathr4453 on 12/30/10


Simply google "principles of Bible interpretation" and you will see that the explicit and general teaching of Scripture must always interpret the non-explicit and particular teachings of individual passages of scripture.

And there are a few other guidelines listed as well.
---leej on 12/27/10

Gee Leej, I wonder what people did before finding the definition on GOOGLE.

Scripture teaches scripture as teh Holy Spirit alone enlightens us as to God's truth..which Jesus said, My Words are SPIRIT and they are TRUTH!

Be a berean! Not a Googler!
---kathr4453 on 12/29/10


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Isaiah 28:10 For precept [must be] upon precept, precept upon precept, line upon line, line upon line, here a little, [and] there a little:

This is the start of how to study the Bible. We must add the teaching of 2 Timothy that all scripture is the foundation of truth. Then lastly we must correctly divide the word of GOD in understanding how to correctly apply all scripture.
---Samuel on 12/29/10


Trav-- you say "As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated.... Using John 3:16 will not convince me that God's love is universal"

You could just as well say:
"becuse John 3:16 says God loves the world, I can't believe He hated Esau."

Why do you choose to say the one but not the other?

"De-coding" isn't needed, for the Bible helps interpet itself.
Most people, when they find something from God's Word that puzzles them, they want to solve it. First they need to ask the Author, but then they need to seek for answers WITHIN the BIBLE. Be diligent and God will answer your questions.
---Donna66 on 12/28/10


I agree with you Eloy on this. It is very simple. We are to diligently seek the Lord through study. When I read my Bible, I ask God to quicken His word in my heart and to bring His word to my rememberance when He needs to. Yes it is line upon line, precept upon precept but the rightly dividing of the word comes from the Holy Spirit that Jesus sent that "no man shall say to his brother, know the Lord for all shall know Me". We are to have the Mind of Christ which is the spirit of prophecy which we are told to pray for.
---jody on 12/28/10


francis //I wonder why no one has mentioned the rules IN THE BIBLE for understanding scripture?

Isaiah 28:10 For precept [must be] upon precept, precept upon precept, line upon line, line upon line, here a little, [and] there a little:

And that is precisely why the Puritans in their belief that God appointed 1 day in 7 as a day set aside for worship which from the beginning of the world was the 7th day, but from the Resurrection became the Lord's day - the 1st day of the week. WCF XIX, 7.

It is the principle (or precept) that really matters.
---leej on 12/28/10


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Scripture says what it says without any decoding needed as some would have you believe. God declared -

And when God declared, "As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated." and one continues to preach that God loves everyone, you have called God a liar. Using John 3:16 will not convince me that God's love is universal but God's people are found all over the world.

Scripture does not contradict Scripture, what separates the believer from the unbeliever is FAITH from God.
---christan on 12/22/10

Christan, this was great. Scripture not for everyone to understand as witnessed in scripture also. Some had ears to hear and eyes to see...those that don't now have google or wikipedia,commentaries.
---Trav on 12/28/10


I wonder why no one has mentioned the rules IN THE BIBLE for understanding scripture?

Isaiah 28:10 For precept [must be] upon precept, precept upon precept, line upon line, line upon line, here a little, [and] there a little:
---francis on 12/28/10


leej-- Thanks for mentioning that there ARE rules for interpreting Scripture...rules that apply across the board, regardless of ones doctrine. It's true that spiritual truth must be spiritually discerned, but without rules of hermeneutics no one can explain their interpretation to others.

We hear such protestations as, "you must be an idiot to believe that!"
"That's obviously heresy". "I know what this Scripture means because God told me". And of course these statements don't help anybody understand anything!

2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
---Donna66 on 12/27/10


Donna66: By ourselves, apart from the leading of the Holy Spirit, we can't rightly divide & connect the dots of Bible truths. If Leej means explicit as in manifested (revealed by God), I'm with that. But, if he/she means to imply we can some how make formulas that'll make all of Scripture fit (like a puzzle) together, I must say ~ NO WAY!

I believe it's all a matter of who is teaching (instructing, showing, revealing). Scripture frowns on our human (private) interpretations that are full of erroneous, ambiguous, divisive opinions. Scripture specifically tells us the Holy Spirit guides (teaches) believers & followers of Jesus Christ by what "the Bible alone" says.

This is my whole point. :)
---Leon on 12/28/10


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Leej, thank you for bringing that subject up. Many make the implicit (what might imply) a fact, and others will make what is explicit (a fact) to be implicit. Rules of interpretation teach that explicit is always fact, and implicit is not always fact but implies something.
---Mark_V. on 12/28/10


Simply google "principles of Bible interpretation" and you will see that the explicit and general teaching of Scripture must always interpret the non-explicit and particular teachings of individual passages of scripture.

And there are a few other guidelines listed as well.
---leej on 12/27/10


Leon -- Do you disagree with leej's statement that The explicit and general teaching of Scripture must always interpret the non-explicit and particular teachings of individual passages of scripture ?

If so, how?
---Donna66 on 12/27/10


Frank, you are so right. The problem is how one gets that discernment from the Holy Spirit. Many think that if they come out with an interpretation it is because the Holy Spirit put it in their minds. Though they cannot prove it came from the Spirit. Only that it came to their minds. What This is what happens, the Holy Spirit guides us by giving us a passion first to search for the Truth whether by reading the Bible and using many commentaries, Hebrew and Greek words, or any means that provides information. The Spirit works through great man on particular subjects to teach us how to get to the Truth of Scripture. We have so much help that others in pass history didn't. Leej, spoke of a great lesson on hermeneutics which is very helpful.
---Mark_V. on 12/27/10


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The apostle Paul wrote that the word is spiritually discerned. The Spirit of God seeks the things of God and the spirit of man seeks the things of man.
To get the rightly divided word of truth you need the baptism of the Holy Ghost or a preacher that has it.
The spirit of man lusteth to envy.
The carnal mind is enmity with God.
Man's heart is deceitfully wicked.
The Holy Ghost will lead and guide into all truth.
---Frank on 12/27/10


earl-- There's no way I could get anything from your last post, let alone what biases you might have!

My encouragement was not specifically for you, but for anyone who would like a fresh view of scripture based on what is actually written, not just what they have been taught by others.
---Donna66 on 12/25/10


And, Alan, how can we, at each moment, know what God's will is for us, if we aren't God? If we submit to Him, at each moment, in His peace (Colossians 3:15), He will guide us personally to do what He knows He wants with us, at each moment. And we will not just be puppets, because His will for us also includes how He makes us change to become how Jesus is (Romans 8:29) so we are this-personally sharing with our Father. And all this is what God really means by His word . . . better than we can understand, deeper than words. So, the short answer is, trust God to do with us what He means by His word (c:
---Bill_willa6989 on 12/25/10


"...an established biblical principle that must be followed." Huh!? Says (established by) who Leej?
---Leon on 12/24/10


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The explicit and general teaching of Scripture must always interpret the non-explicit and particular teachings of individual passages of scripture - is an established biblical principle that must be followed.
---leej on 12/24/10


And they said unto him, We have dreamed a dream, and there is no interpreter of it. And Joseph said unto them, Do not interpretations belong to God? tell me them, I pray you.

And I have heard of thee, that thou canst make interpretations, and dissolve doubts: now if thou canst read the writing, and make known to me the interpretation thereof, thou shalt be clothed with scarlet, and have a chain of gold about thy neck, and shalt be the third ruler in the kingdom.

Do not interpretations belong to God? The answer, YES!
The first thing most people say is, I dont hear him.
Not understanding or believing all things are from God is your problem.
Mat 26:55
Heb 5:1-14
Rev 14:18
---TheSeg on 12/24/10


Genuine born-again Christians endued with the Holy Spirit have the very mind of Christ, the author of the holy scripture, and therefore we have spiritual discernment and can rightly discern the written inspirited word, which Word abides within us.
---Eloy on 12/24/10


Donna,If you are saying I have theological bias in my posts then point out please the bias.
Did you not say you cannot figure out my posted reply yet give me encouragement to to make personal changes so to put aside what you believe is my theological bias.
---earl on 12/23/10


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alan8566 of uk - Sorry for my last comment. I did not understand what you were saying until I read it again. You are right.
---Leslie on 12/23/10


Earl-- I honestly can't tell what your post of 12/23 says. The sentence structure is so odd that I cannot figure it out.
I agree with MarkV that we should do our best to put our theological biases aside when reading scripture. The best way, I think, is for Christians to read the Bible as if they were reading it for the very first time! Open your heart to the Holy Spirit and ask Him to guide you. Set aside all things you have heard about certain scriptures in the past. If some passages seem to conflict, put your questions off until another day, and keep on reading until you feel the Lord has spoken to you.
---Donna66 on 12/23/10


The poster which posted was your last remark that came from your opinion is the one that I was answering to. Are you not earl? did you not post what you did or did someone else posted it? If someone else used your name then I apologize.
---Mark_V. on 12/23/10


markv,"theological bias"?
That is an attack on the poster unrelated to the post.
If you no not believe the posted by the poster then it falls into discussion,debate or a bail,a decision made by the other party engaged in the discussion or the debate not pointing a personal finger when someone posts objectional unpauline material.If my post is untrue then you could have filled in your answer where you have filled in the finger.
---earl on 12/23/10


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To Whosoever Has An Ear To Hear?

Brethren, It's the Holy Spirit which Teaches those of us who are the Children of God by Faith in Christ.

We're kept in remembrance of everything that Christ said & did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen.

So, We know & look only to God's Holy Spirit of Truth for the Interpretation and Guidance into all Truth of any & every book we study, b/c God's Light is shining in the darkness and only the darkness comprehended it not.


Gal.3:26 John 1:5, 14:26, 16:13, 21:25
---Shawn.M.T. on 12/23/10


earl, I see the same thing coming from you on your answers. Your also all over the place just as you describe others to be. What I believe is the problem not only with you and so many others, is that when they study the Word of God they already have a theological bias. It could be their denomination, their own understanding already of what they thought was truth, and are not open for any of God's revelations. Many are also not walking in the Spirit as much as they should so get personal on their answers. If they could remove their bias, and just study to learn about God with an open heart, for the right reason, the Spirit would reveal so much to them. I fail too just like others, but I keep reminding myself that what matters is what God says.
---Mark_V. on 12/23/10


Interpretation is as it is- interpretation-a personal viewpoint.
Consider most of the posters here are claiming their posted interpretations are spirit led interpretations .
With so many spirit led interpretations who is rightly dividing the truth from error?
With so many interpretations it easy for me to say the precentage of error is outstandingly high based on this one observation alone.
In light of this observation it can be said that christians do not possess the truth as they say they do.
---earl on 12/22/10


Let's face it Leon, your feeble attempts a comprehendible communication do not concern me but the stench of the excrement in your postings does tend to burn one's eyes, thanks goodness for Murine.
---Blogger9211 on 12/23/10


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Sorry I hurt your feelings Blogger9211 but the truth is sharp & cuts deep (is offensive) especially when people like you don't want to hear it. I will however take your advice & ignore your immature posts which can't be taken serious by anyone short of an imbicile. :)
---Leon on 12/22/10


Leslie, I too do not understand why you told Alan he was wrong, he was only asking a question. But what you said in the context I believe that is how many see God. And it shows in all of their answers concerning the Sovereignty of God.
When a person begins to study the Word of God from his point of view, when he gets to God, God is but a small individual who does not mean much as far as life and salvation, but when we begin with God's point of view, His perspective, God centered. God is the subject of everything as Scripture begins, "In the beginning God" Scripture is written that way. And man is but a very small individual who contributes nothing but sin.
---Mark_V. on 12/22/10


Leslie ....

May I ask you to read my post again.

You will see that yopur second sentence "We MUST read the Bible through the eyes of the Holy Spirit since He is the one who wrote it" says the same as I had said in my post.

Since we say the same, I wonder why you added that attack on me?
---alan8566_of_uk on 12/22/10


I go with the scripture "do not lean on your own understanding..." we have to remember our minds & emotions change always, we shouldn't depend on our heart either because it is decietful...what we should hindge on IS Gods word & what he tells us, & this goes with understanding scripture as well. At the end of the day it isn't you nor your pastor that makes Gods words true, BUT God himself.
---candice on 12/22/10


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alan8566 of uk - You are WRONG. We MUST read the Bible through the eyes of the Holy Spirit since He is the one who wrote it. Your statement basicly says that you and other people are God and know better than God, so it is okay to read it from human eyes and mind - since human eyes and mind are smarter than God. I now know why most if not all of your responses on the blogs are AGAINST the Bible - because you believe you are God and know better than God.
---Leslie on 12/22/10


Leon, why don't you just ignore my post in the future, as you intelligence quotient is below the ability to understand them, much less the capacity to make comprehendible comments that other bloggers wound give a rodents posterior about reading.
---Blogger9211 on 12/22/10


"Who is/are the enemy(ies)?"

HUH?!

Apparently, you don't read nor believe the Bible Earl. Otherwise, you'd know the "enemy" is the serpent, the devil, satan, lucifer, beezlebub, the dragon, etc.

I'm not sure what you're trying to say in the rest of your diatribe Earl. Frankly, I don't want to know - sounds real squirrely. Repent!!!
---Leon on 12/22/10


"to avoid being decieved by the enemy"-leon.
Who is/are the enemy/ies?
Posters here are from many various groups who do not see eye to eye.And there can only be one clear ,unclouded truth of any topic discussed.
So of the many groups here who is interpreting a single text book with clear and unclouded mastery?
The feud goes on.
---earl on 12/22/10


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Scripture says what it says without any decoding needed as some would have you believe. God declared -

"I have not spoken in secret, In a dark place of the earth, I did not say to the seed of Jacob, Seek Me in vain, I, the LORD, speak righteousness, I declare things that are right." Isaiah 45:19

And when God declared, "As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated." and one continues to preach that God loves everyone, you have called God a liar. Using John 3:16 will not convince me that God's love is universal but God's people are found all over the world.

Scripture does not contradict Scripture, what separates the believer from the unbeliever is FAITH from God.
---christan on 12/22/10


Leej: You're obviously speaking of translating from original Hebrew & /or Greek transcripts to known world languages. Okay, good job! However, I believe Alan is speaking of interpretation that can only be given to men by God (Jn. 14:26, 15:26, 16:7-9 ~ 2 Pt. 1:20-21).

Your stmt about cultist is true. That's why the Bible says Believers must study so the Holy Spirit will show Scripture meanings (2 Tim 2:15). All Believers should be like the Bereans (Acts 17:10-12) to avoid being deceived by the enemy.

In summary, I think Alan isn't just talking about translating (interpreting) Scripture from language-to-language. It seems he's talking about revelation knowledge that can only come from the Comforter/Holy Spirit.
---Leon on 12/21/10


"One had better learn how to interpret scripture..."

So, how do you suppose "one" had better go about doing this Leej? How do you learn how?
---Leon on 12/21/10


Alan as a starting point I'd tell you not to listen to that blogger9211 guy at all except where he says to use reference books and such, for we know the scriptures are God breathed and inerrant.

Number two always observe the context and consider to whom the writer is originally writing to.

Number three no portion of the word cancels out another except when a different covenant has made a different provision. Levitical law in opposition to NT freedoms in Christ are an example.

Finally rely on the Holy Spirit to bring to remembrance the whole council of God. He will expand your understanding and make it personal. You should pray over the scriptures as you read, ask seek knock.
---Pharisee on 12/21/10


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Blogger9211: You're making it up as you go along -- right? Sounds like you're trying to write a "how to" book on the Bible.

Let me give you some advice. In order to credibly write about something, you "must" really know (have experienced) what you're writing about.

I can tell you're clueless on the subject. But, you don't have to be if you'll simply read the Bible with an open heart (mind) & be willing to believe what it says about the Savior, Jesus Christ. You have nothing to loose & everything to gain. :)
---Leon on 12/21/10


\\One had better learn to how interpret scripture otherwise one may end up believing in superstitions such as in the Eucharist, the bread & wine in actuality become the very body of Christ at the hocus pocus words of a priest.\\

Actually, this was the conclusion I came to myself when I was a Baptist, and realized I had been taught wrong on this issue.

But thank God, I got saved.
---Cluny on 12/22/10


One had better learn to how interpret scripture otherwise one may end up believing in superstitions such as in the Eucharist, the bread & wine in actuality become the very body of Christ at the hocus pocus words of a priest.
---leej on 12/21/10


to interpret the scriptures is to pray to God to make His revelations clearer to us through His words in the bible.oftentimes God speaks to us in our situations..God's revelations to each one of us is personalized and customized if we will just merely listen to HIM.sense the leading of the Holy Spirit
---mj on 12/21/10


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The first thing you have to understand is that God did not write the Bible, fallible human being did there for it is by no means inerrant. The Holy Spirit will inspire you to study but does not spoon feed you answers. You actually have to study and do the homework yourself. The Bible does not have every answer to every human problem. The bible can provide you with a lot of information but you also have to know it limitations and be prepared to look elsewhere when it is not the right tool to use. One you have these rudiments down you can begin a comprehensive study using Modern word for word translation, commentaries, Bible dictionaries, maps, world histories and cultural anthropology sources.
---Blogger9211 on 12/21/10


We should have a bible concordence for one & not have private interpretation ,but bring it to the study table with the fellowship & disscuss.What God can show us, we should then follow, & if he shows us something different then the pastors teaching I'd question the leader of the church, not God.
---Candice on 12/21/10


theres nothing to iterprut,love God,and everyone else.this mystery that so many so called christian some how they believe that scripture is open to interpretation,that there are multiple meanings,well there ain,t.
---tom2 on 12/21/10


Leon - To interpret simply means to 'find meaning of something: to establish or explain the meaning or significance of something',

'to translate something: to translate what is said in one language into another so that speakers of different languages can communicate' in our case into the vernacular'(ordinary language)

Any skillful cultist will tell you not to interpret scripture but simply take at face value what he wants you to believe.
---leej on 12/21/10


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My question was heavily edited!
I suggested that God caused the Bible to be written for us, not for Himself, to read
br>Thus we do not need His eyes (for we do not have His eyes) to read it. We need our own eyes and our own intelligence, and the leading of the Spirit.

Some, following serious study, and led by the Spirit, will be able to understand it better and be able to explain it to others.

Leslie .. when people do that, some get their own exclusive understandings, some of which are zany and dangerous!!
---alan8566_of_uk on 12/21/10


That's the heart of the problem. WE DON'T INTERPRET SCRIPTURE! :)

The way God has designed it to work is "we" 1st get into His word (the Bible) by simply reading it with an open heart (mind) & willingness to believe what it says about the Savior, Jesus Christ. We can't interpret God's word as some folk wrongly presume.

We read & then meditate upon (chew on, think about it) & wait on God (the Holy Spirit) to speak to our heart as He teaches (guides) by interpreting Bible truths we're to walk in as He grows us up into mature Believers.

Finally, our prayers are to be in agreement with God's divinely inspired word which is God's viewpoint as recorded in the Bible.
---Leon on 12/21/10


"Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again." John 3:3,6,7

"Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself, but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come." John 16:13
---christan on 12/21/10


When we interpret scripture, we MUST do so from the eyes of the Holy Spirit, since He is the one who wrote it, and can tell us what it says. Therefore, whenever we interpret scripture, we MUST ask the Holy Spirit to open up our eyes, ears, and understanding, and to TEACH us and REVEAL to us the scriptures through His eyes. Also, since the scriptures were written in the Middle East, we MUST read them through a Middle Eastern perspective.
---Leslie on 12/21/10


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Alan ,what a loaded one you have here.
We are at a disadvantage. To to have God's viewpoint would be that we are equal to Jesus and his title also.I only know of Jesus to have God's viewpoint.
Interpretation of text is a human plus spirit ingredient.
Tradition is a fixed interpretation of someone elses interpretations and is not giving up it's hold very easily in the communites if any at all.
To interpret text is stating the text is not clear but hazy,not straight foward but clouded.
one must read the pros and the cons of scripture to see clearer.
---earl on 12/21/10


I believe us should not have to re-invent the wheel when it comes to interpretation of Scripture.

God has called some into the ministry of teaching and we need to prayerfully consider what they have taught.

We do, however, need to beware of those that are false teachers as they interpret scripture to achieve their own selfish goals.


---leej on 12/21/10


From the Old Testament we learn God's views of humankind and how they are to relate to God in obedience. We also learn what God does to the people and nations who don't obey him and his Word. The Old Testament was our schoolmaster,the New Testament with the doctrine of Jesus is our Roadmap. From Christ we learn our way. To get the full picture of how that relates to our understanding of the Scripture run the references from the New Testament back to the Old and vice-versa. We are not God but we have God in us and with prayer for understanding he will lead. I always study and pray"Show me your truth God". Don't forget the Holy Ghost is our teacher and we need no man.
---Darlene_1 on 12/21/10


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