Monday, November 07, 2011

Misunderstanding the Bible



If we're to understand the Bible correctly, we must follow sound principles of interpretation. For example, take a passage literally unless there's a clear reason (from the text) not to take it literally. In this particular case (John 21:17), since Peter and the other Apostles specifically avoided working as food servers (see Acts 6), it's clear that Jesus was speaking of feeding them spiritually.

You may be thinking that I have no sense of humor. I do, in fact, have a sense of humor (see my other blog), but we must guard against being flippant about holy things.

2 comments:

dfish said...

I am offended by the flippant way some people treat the things of God. In my mind it is too important to treat lightly. The casual way scripture is sometimes interpreted is shameful, as II Timothy 2:15 warns.

Jim Swindle said...

dfish, our society has mostly lost the idea of the holy. Yet the Creator is still holy, whether or not He's recognized as holy.