Let’s be children again
When one studies the Bible in the manner of an apologist. I find that people use the term ‘interpretation’ of a verse alot. I find this uncomfortable and very disheartening.
Why? Simply look at the definition of the word interpretation.
1 : the act or the result of interpreting : explanation 2 : a particular adaptation or version of a work, method, or style 3 : a teaching technique that combines factual with stimulating explanatory information
when someone interprets a verse, they almost imply that it was written in another language and when something is interpreted it is often up to the person interpreting to decide what the meaning is.
As an apologist I believe there is only ONE interpretation of Scripture, the Holy Spirit and he alone can accurately ‘interpret’ the scripture. We often forget the Bible was written for the intellectually inferior in the eyes of the educated. Out of the mouths of babes and infants he ordains strength, and mysteries are given to children. We often get sidetracked and lose the reality that our doctrines are subject to the scriptures instead of the other way around. So often we are blinded by pride and we refuse to be taught and to listen to one another our discussions are often riddled with arrogant statements and laced with sarcasm and pride.
So often I find that when we study the Bible we are often incensed in conversations that have nothing to do with the purpose of studying the Bible, to know God.
For example: I find people wanting to know what Paul’s ‘thorn in the flesh’ was in 2 Corinthians 12 when in the end no one will really know and it really doesn’t matter. What we often miss is the most powerful part of the exchange between Jesus and Paul when he told Paul ‘my grace is sufficient’ and as a result of trying to find out ‘what’ we lose the whole context of what Paul was trying to tell the church.
So when we are trying to prove the infallibility of the word and it’s being thrown back at us, It’s crucial to remember that most of the world was uneducated and that all believers have the Holy Spirit who teaches all things living inside of us. And we have each other and others who came before us to guide us.
But first and foremost, if your Bible study and End Times study isn’t producing love and friendship for God, then it’s a waste of time and you’re just adding Knowledge that puffs up instead of love that edifies.
So let’s be babes and infants again.