When interpreting Scripture, these are the 6 factors that I endeavor to keep in focus at all times. Unlike personal, private, spiritual enlightening which can only truly effect the person who experienced such an event, this method is obtainable by everyone. It is a guideline that can be shared by all which ultimately leads to the same result — an historically accurate, culturally dependent, true interpretation. Continue reading “6 Factors for Interpreting Scripture”
When asked what he as a Hindu admired most in Christianity, he responded, “Jesus.” When asked what disturbed him most in Christianity, Gandhi responded, “Christians.” He continued, “But negatively I can tell you that much of what passes as Christianity is a negation of the Sermon on the Mount.”
Louis Fischer, Gandhi: His Life and Message for the World, p. 131
That is a viewpoint of a non-Christian about Christianity. Interesting isn’t it? Gandhi’s observation suggests that Christians don’t live out the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7). Christians don’t act as followers of Christ. They don’t mimic Yeshua’s example in the world. Continue reading “Gandhi’s Viewpoint”
While learning Hebrew, I thought to share more notes that I found interesting about the language. Continue reading “Learning Hebrew – Part 2”
For then will I turn to the people a pure language, that they may all call upon the name of the Lord, to serve him with one consent.
Zephaniah 3:9 (KJV)
Language – I believe the pure language that is being referenced here is Hebrew. I believe it was the language God spoke when He created everything in Genesis. We know it’s the language spoken during the 1st century when referencing religious things (Acts 21:40), and it was the language Yeshua spoke to Apostle Paul on the road to Damascus (Acts 26:14). So maybe it’s about time I learn it more fluently myself. Continue reading “Learning Hebrew – Part 1”
Let’s look at the word “heart” in five different verses from the King James Bible. Continue reading “When Translations Get Out of Control”
There’s an interesting parallel I’d like to draw attention to in Genesis. They involve two different digressions that happen within the two major stories of Genesis. Continue reading “A Tale of Two Digressions”
In the book, Rediscovering Japan, Reintroducing Christiandom; Two Thousand Years of Christian History in Japan, Samuel Lee makes some interesting comparisons. Continue reading “Interesting Comparisons”
This is a great perspective on how to approach Scripture by Skip Moen. I recommend this consideration for us all when reading the text.
The biblical text is paradigm dependent. By that I mean that just like all human language, the meanings of the words are derived from the way the words were used by the author at the time he wrote in his culture.
Skip Moen put together some great thoughts on exegesis. I recommend reading the two posts below as it puts our theological interpretations into perspective.
If you’re unfamiliar with the definition of exegesis:
critical explanation or interpretation of a text, especially of scripture.—-