Tuesday, April 6, 2010

You can make the Bible say anything!

"People can use the Bible to say whatever that want. Many people have done evil things and found their justification in the Bible."

Have you ever heard an argument like this? I've noticed this argument used argument several often. It goes something like this:

1 - People have used the Bible to support all sorts of evil things
2 - God doesn't like evil nor does he condone it.
THEREFORE: We can't trust the Bible. We shouldn't use the Bible to test the Spirits.

Their logic is flawed. The solution to misuse is not disuse, but correct use. The scribes in Jeremiah's day were MISUSING the Law. The people who have used the Bible to condone their evil actions have taken it out of context and misinterpreted the passage. They are guilty of eisegesis. Eisegesis occurs when a reader reads his/her interpretation into (into from Greek eis) the text. We are supposed to do exegesis, (or the method of the proper interpretation of a text where you get the interpretation out of the text, instead of reading it into the text). This means that you can't cherry pick verses out of their historical and literary contexts. This means that you can't play Bible hopscotch, jumping around from one verse to another, cherry picking along the way, or "proof-texting". Any reasonable exegesis of a passage like that in Acts would lead one to conclude that "abstain from Blood" doesn't refer to blood transfusions. The WT misused the Bible. Do we throw the Bible out? GOD FORBID! We use it correctly! We tell them they're wrong in their interpretation because they are inserting a foreign idea into the text, something that the original author and the Holy Spirit never meant it to mean. What matters is what the author intended for it to mean. After understanding this, the right question for us is how can its meaning apply to us.

Your logic can be shown to be absurd this way:

1. People misuse money for many evil purposes like gambling, bribery, extortion, etc. Besides this, it is a cause for greed.
THEREFORE: We shouldn't use money.

The solution to misuse is not disuse, but correct use.

"Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth." - 2 Timothy 2:15 ESV

"And count the patience of our Lord as salvation, just as our beloved brother Paul also wrote to you according to the wisdom given him, as he does in all his letters when he speaks in them of these matters. There are some things in them that are hard to understand, which the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they do the other Scriptures." - 2 Peter 3:14-15 ESV

How does Jesus respond to the religious leaders of His day?

But Jesus answered them, “You are wrong, because you know neither the Scriptures nor the power of God." - Matthew 22:29

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