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how do you know your interpretation of the bible is corr

Postby Hi Ho Silver » Tue Jul 02, 2019 1:35 pm

how do you know your interpretation of the bible is the correct interpretation of the bible? that your denomination has the correct interpretation of the bible?
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Re: how do you know your interpretation of the bible is corr

Postby jimwalton » Sun Aug 11, 2019 6:05 am

Bible interpretation follows rules, just like interpreting literature, statistics, or economic trends. Through the years we have determined there are accurate ways to read and interpret a text. With complex texts coming from some linguistic ambiguities, distant cultures, and ancient worldview, it's not always an easy task, but there is enough reason and reliability in the process to make responsible interpretation possible.

Things like:

    1. Assume a word means what it normally means unless some indicator leads you elsewhere.
    2. Interpret words in harmony with their meaning in the times of the author. Don't just assume a word means what we take it to mean. What did it mean in their time, in their culture, and in their context?
    3. Interpret a word in relation to its sentence and context. "Faith" can mean different things: The creed of what we believe, or our trust in God, for instance. "Blood" can mean the fluid in my veins, my family group, or a metaphor for Christ's atonement. Sentence and context help us understand.
    4. Interpret a passage in harmony with its context. Paul means different things by "death" in Romans 12 an d1 Corinthians 15. Look at the whole verse, the whole paragraph, the whole chapter, and the whole book. It matters.
    5. When an inanimate objects is used to describe a living being, we can understand that to be figurative, not literal (Jn. 10.7: "I am the door of the sheep.")
    6. When an expression is out of character with the thing described, the statement can be considered to be figurative (Paul called his oppressors "dogs." John called Jesus "the lamb.").

This is enough to give you the idea. By following the rules and good sense about grammar, culture, and context, we work hard to identify the correct interpretation of the text. It's no different than what we do with literary works, legal documents, and statistical analyses.

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