2000-05-09 - If You Give Up The Right To Remain Stupid
John 14:26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you.
A Massachusetts man, arrested for driving without a license, used his one phone call to tell a friend exactly where to find his stash of crack cocaine, hidden in an alley. Hipolito Vega spoke to his friend in Spanish, not realizing that the booking officer, Manuel Rivera, understood every word.
Understanding the Bible is one of the greatest challenges to the Christian.
Take any verse and there is an entire theological tradition, make that two,
well three, well who knows how many interpretations there are for one verse...any
verse … in the Bible. So how do we know how to understand scripture? So often
it seems like a foreign language. I would like to suggest three things that
can help us gain an understanding of Scripture.
It is true that there are many differing ways to look at Biblical passages. It can become discouraging when the same verses are said, by those who are well learned, to say things that seem contradictory. But we need not be discouraged, because we have the Spirit to guide us, we have the rest of the Bible to instruct us, and we have each other to sharpen our skills of understanding. These among the many other tools toward understanding should be a great comfort to us. And they should motivate us to seek to know and comprehend this wonderful revelation that God has given us.
"I study my Bible as I gather apples. First, I shake the whole tree that the ripest may fall. Then I shake each limb, and when I have shaken each limb I shake each branch and every twig. Then I look under every leaf." Martin Luther
Soli Deo Gloria,