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How To Teach The Bible

Can we build a doctrine or teach an issue with just one verse to prove a point?

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The best way to teach and also study the Bible is book by book, chapter by chapter, and verse by verse.
---Rob on 11/26/07

Many strange doctrines are based on a single obscure verse.

The Catholic doctrine of purgatory is supported by a single verse in the apocrypal book of Macabbes that refers to giving alms for the benefit of the dead.
---StrongAxe on 11/26/07

Mormons practice baptism for the dead based on 1 Co 15:29
"Else what shall they do which are baptized for the dead, if the dead rise not at all? why are they then baptized for the dead?"

We are ALL baptized in the name of Jesus - who died. So we are all baptized "for the dead", and if he as not raised, our baptism is in vain. This is the whole thrust of this part of the chapter. Only by taking one half of the verse out of context does one concoct this weird doctrine.
---StrongAxe on 11/26/07

This holds true for your neighbors. The more you get to know your friends in Christ, the better you become by helping each other stay on the lighted path. Megachurch preachers lack in this, that's why home churches having only a few people are more powerful in growing with Christ. Each person loves each other so much that he or she wouldn't want the friend to stray off course. The vine grows when the home church becomes too big and then is divided in half so you can bring more people into your vine.
---Steveng on 11/23/07

It depends upon the point that you are trying to prove, whether it is Christlike or not. For many use and abuse verses in the Bible for the wrong reasons. If you are walking in the Holy Spirit of Christ, then you will know if it is proper.
---Eloy on 11/23/07

It's risky to base something on just one piece of evidence. That one piece may be enough to raise our suspicions and get us thinking, but shouldn't be something you get dogmatic about. The same goes if only one writer is the sole source for a doctrine. If Paul is the only source, I give it far less weight than if Matt., Mark and Luke all say it. Many widely accepted "christian" teachings fall into both categories. So, I am a lot more skeptical about particulars than most other christians.
---Grant on 11/21/07

The Bible says that in the words of 2 or 3 witnesses, truth is established.

This is like building a table with several legs - the more legs, the better, the more stable the table. A table with one leg will be very unstable. A legal case based on a single witness is very shaky. So is A doctrine based on a single verse.

Important doctrines are not mentioned as a footnote to some other text, but are mentioned again and again (often in several different ways) to demonstate clearly what is meant.
---StrongAxe on 11/21/07

God says that we are all to come in agreement with His word because it is His word, and only His word is the truth and it can not be changed. Many people can take one verse and get 2 or 3 things out of it and all 3 people can be right. You can not change God's word, but you can interpret it in a different way.
---Victoria on 11/16/07

Very many strange (and contradictory) doctrines can be derived based on taking a single scripture verse out of context, and building an entire theological house of cards out of it.
---StrongAxe on 11/16/07

I feel that the Bible should be tought as is, a religious book...or as it so often thought of now...a novel. Either way, it should be left out of the public schools. If its to be tought in schools it should be in special classes, with parental concent.
---Kris on 11/16/07

The word says that in the multitude of counsellers there is safety.
That safety is from pride, deception, false doctrine, blasphemy and such.
Those who use one or two scriptures to justify what they want to believe need to repent and believe the gospel.
Sadly that is also the multitude today that shall not be a part of the remnant that is saved.
Sadly, it abounds here.
A mockery of Christ for the world to see.
Done by Christians.(?)
---Frank on 11/16/07

Soul sleep is one of those doctrines that was developed on one verse.
All false doctrines are based on one verse, such as that a woman's covering is her hair.
One verse, an entire doctrine.
All Scripture is balanced. One church refuses musical instruments based on one verse.
Fringe and splinter groups take one verse and run with it, and start a new church.
---Bob on 11/16/07

Wallow in what, pride?
Without the Scriptures, how many churches have you prophesied in, Katherine?
How may shepherds have allowed you in to speak over their congregations?
What do you actually speak over them besides condemnation?
---Bob on 11/16/07

I know that the preacher's wife probably has a captive audience up there in the pulpit, but what are you teaching them?
Soul sleep, perhaps?
---Bob on 11/16/07

You cannot build your own doctrine. However, God will allow rational preaching alone with scriptural preaching or teaching. One of the beauties of the gift of prophecy, You don't have to study for hours before you go into the pulpit. You just wait on God until the words from God starts to form on your lips. You open your mouth and wallow, Let the words fall where they may. Always Powerful, FIRE.
---catherine on 11/16/07

Never!!! When you take scripture out of context it becomes a pretext for false teaching; it is an act of Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit it do so. And the reason I never include scripture in my posts only verse references which should be read in context.
---Phil_the_Elder on 11/16/07

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God's Word will always have more than one verse on the same subject, not just an obscure verse.
---Helen_5378 on 9/26/06

All the Godly people - Moses, Solomon, the Prophets, the Apostles - never relied of worldly written scripts, they solely relied on the Spirit of God to bring them the knowledge and understanding they seek. Most, as children, used the Torah to get to know God. As adults, they relied on getting accurate knowledge straight from the source. People today have the same ability to develop a relationship with God, but can't seem to peel themselves away from the world.
---Steveng on 9/26/06

Its easy to listen to one verse from the Bible and say in your mind that it is true. Then listen to another verse and say it is false. Both based upon your Earthly knowledge. A strong foundation is formed when reading the Bible from beginning to end. Throw away your concordances and rely on the Holy Spirit for guidance not what other men say. But once your relationship with God congeals, He reveals more of himself and mysteries not written in the Bible.
---Steveng on 9/26/06

Different times speakers in the NT, including Jesus, would quote one passage of Scripture from the prophets or psalms etc. to make their point.
However, regarding Paul's teaching we are told; Acts 17:11, "These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so."
It doesn't matter who is teaching. Check it out for your self!
---Bruce5656 on 9/26/06

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Do you mean like Matthew 6:2? Yes.
----mous on 9/26/06

Yes you can, but you shouldn't do it that way. There's usually other versus in the bible to back it up and they should be taught as well. Plus, it leaves room for too much error to do it that way.
---Donna9759 on 9/26/06

Not a good idea. The Bible never contradicts itself. So if you have at least two scriptures, then generally that is enough to prove a doctrine. Too many people pick and choose a particlular scripture they like, take it out of context, and make a doctrine to suit their itching ears.
---sam on 9/26/06

Sure! if there's only one verse pertaining to the toipic.
---Pharisee on 9/26/06

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Yes you can, that is why we have so many fasle teachings today. Some even ues only one book of the bible such as Acts without reguare to the rest of the bible. People take one verse or one book and twist it to make it say what they want it to instead of rightly dividing the word.
---Rev_Herb on 9/26/06

This is called proof-texting. It's considered the "drive-by" equivalent of Bible teaching.
It CAN be done--but should not.
---Jack on 9/26/06

You can, and I have, but only for the purpose of getting commitment of acceptance from an individual about God. Growth takes place later, and in fact never is completed. Experience shows that the mind can be taught by single doctrine or issue if stated in a clear concise manner this in fact is what witnessing Is all about.
---mima on 9/26/06

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