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.


~ by timbrownlee on July 8, 2009.

3 Responses to “Let’s be children again”

  1. very well put. I’ve never been a fan of the phrase “That’s your interpretation.” I’m just reading it, as you said the Holy Spirit interprets, we communicate. As a side, absolute truths really have no interpretation. That’s like saying 1+1=2 is just my “interpretation.”

    btw, I didn’t know you had blogs! I’m gonna add ya to my blogroll. God bless brother!


  2. i got pinged.. i’m somewhere down the page… i just got tired and did a word find and found me lol


  3. Aye, I got so tired of hearing, “What the bible is REALLY saying is,…”
    I’ve also been to bible studies/home groups that were endless debates… no life at all.
    The Holy Spirit is our teacher. I can often tell whether someone is spirit filled not based on their stance on the gifts, etc., but based on what kind of real bible knowledge they have, vs. regurgitating sermons. That’s the saddest part to me about going to non-spirit-filled churches. Usually the worship is sweet enough, but the word is drier than stale crackers… uggh!


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