If objective interpretations are possible…

From a hypothetical conversation between an Atheist and a Christian.

Atheist: If objective interpretations are possible, then why are there so many different interpretations of the Bible.

Christian: Why do so many people get their math sums wrong? Is there no right answer to arithmetic problems?

Atheist: Language is different. I think that there are many interpretations of a sentence or a Bible verse that are true. That’s why you get so many denominations. Continue reading

Avoid mishandling God’s Word…

Avoid error and mishandling of God’s divine Word by taking the explicit over the implicit, by reasoning along with the writer in his context, and by avoiding superficial conclusions when biblical writers employ rhetorical devices in the course of their arguments.

Douglas Bond, from Stand Fast In the Way of Truth, p. 275

If you take the Bible out of context…

Any time you take the Bible out of context you destroy the intent of God’s Word. That’s why you cannot take instances of special revelation and make them normative for the Christian experience…. When he [Paul] did experience a special revelation, seeing a vision of a man calling him to Macedonia, he obeyed. But the special revelation of God was a rare and unique experience, even for Paul…. We cannot take special circumstances and make them the norm by which we live our lives. Special revelation for guidance was not the normal apostolic experience. And at the time it was received (by Paul, by Philip, by Peter as he lay on his roof) it was not being sought…. Special revelation came at a time when God wanted to lead them apart from the normal way in which His people make choices.

 

Bruce Waltke, quoted in Just Do Something by Kevin DeYoung, p. 71