Rightly interpreting the word of God, His Holy Bible, often is a complicated, tricky, humbling, and extremely rewarding endeavor. It is also commanded by our Lord to accomplish this vital and holy activity in a way that pleases Him and causes us no shame.
2 Timothy 2:15 Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.
If the Bible is so easy to understand (i.e. to interpret) as some say, then why do we have so many sinful denominations, so many fights, and so much stonewalling over it?
Is the problem the word of God? Or man?
Man, of course. Arrogant irreconcilable pride is a terrible and heinous sin.
We all interpret God’s Word all the time, even if we don’t recognize it. How many times have we, or others we know, said, “What God really meant was…what this means is…” Or we read a commentary, or a book, or hear a message by a Bible teacher. [Read more…]