Posts tagged ‘Bible’

Four Ways to Read

There are four ways to read the Bible: contextual; devotional; proof texting; transformational.

Contextual
Here the reader studies history, language and culture to add depth to the Bible stories. For example, “heart” in Hebrew thinking was the seat of the intellect, not emotions as it is in Western culture. For example, in Psalm 119:11, “Your word I have hid in my heart” really means you memorize it. A “hard heart” is a closed mind, not emotional callousness.

Devotional
This is the exact opposite of contextual. Here the reader reacts to what is read as a personal inspiration, not a theological study. For example, the Bible says we are saved by grace, and the reader gets a warm comfort from this.

Proof Texting
Here the reader stops and notes verses that support their theological ideology without regard to any original meaning that may have been intended. For example, verses that can be made to read that women are under men will be lifted up, and the verses that say there is “neither male nor female” in God’s eyes are ignored.

Transformational
This is the exact opposite of proof texting. Here the reader has an open mind, prepared to change personal behaviour or ideas based on a mostly literal rendering of the text. For example, Jesus said, “If you hate your colleague in Christ you have committed murder”, so the reader actively seeks reconciliation with someone with whom they are in conflict.

Stories Versus Verses

Okay, I admit that this is a bit of a rant, but I do think it is justified. Read more…

Explicit Word and Principle

There are two elements of the Bible that makes it useful for people in living by faith: explicit statements about what is good and acceptable and what is wrong and undesirable; and principles that cover items that may not be explicitly addressed in the text of Scripture. Read more…

Why Blog?

And so it comes down to this. Why do I blog? Read more…

Never Get Tired – Another Thought

Have you ever felt like your spiritual work accomplished little? Did you just get tired of it? Read more…

Winning Is Losing

A lot of people like sports. Many have favourite teams. The World Cup is now being played in Brazil. Who do you cheer for in soccer (or hockey, golf, tennis, baseball)? Read more…

Election Talk

Yesterday Ontario (Canada) held an election. To the surprise of everyone it resulted in a majority government. Already I am reading vicious comments. I have my opinion, but… Read more…

Listen

A lot of people claim God does not speak to people today. Others sit on the fence and say that God does speak, but not to them. Read more…

No Help

More than once people have come to my face and said they knew I was being persecuted. They knew it was wrong. Read more…

Overwhelmed But Not Done

I was asked if I had chosen a journey in the theme of persecution/suffering for Lent. No, I didn’t; it was chosen for me. Read more…