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Featured Your interpretation =/= What the scripture means

Discussion in 'Controversial Christian Theology' started by Michael Collum, Jan 6, 2018.

  1. Michael Collum

    Michael Collum Everything began with a voice, use yours Supporter

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    As a point of humility, it is important to note to self that what ever conclusions you come to are not equal to scripture. Therefore, your interpretation may be invalidated, but scripture remains not so.
     
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  2. Antig

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    Everyone can have their own interpretation. Not everyone can have the correct interpretation!
     
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  3. .Mikha'el.

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    I really don't understand what point you're trying to make.
     
  4. Doulosiesou

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    I think that's manifested in all the different schools of thought on scripture that resulted in a bunch of different denominations.

    The point seems to be growing in Christ versus arguing about Christ. The more we argue points from scripture the less likely we'll be to grow.

    That's my interpretation, don't know how close I am to the truth.

    :cool:
     
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  5. 1stcenturylady

    1stcenturylady Spirit-filled follower of Christ Supporter

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    Scripture will explain Scripture so as to not confuse. However, some don't go past the verse they've taken out of context. They are like a plane that takes off a little off center and winds up in another country!
     
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  6. Michael Collum

    Michael Collum Everything began with a voice, use yours Supporter

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    During scriptural debates it becomes evident that certain individuals cannot separate their opinion on how to interpret scripture from scripture. It's related to this controversial subject.
     
  7. Antig

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    Thing is, who's interpretation is the correct one!?
     
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  8. Michael Collum

    Michael Collum Everything began with a voice, use yours Supporter

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    Yeah, that's why having a body of believers is helpful in that respect.
     
  9. Michael Collum

    Michael Collum Everything began with a voice, use yours Supporter

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    What if all of them are wrong to a degree?
     
  10. Doulosiesou

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    The Holy Spirit

    John 16:13

    But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come.

    Seek Him first.
     
  11. Antig

    Antig Active Member

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    So, which person has the Holy Spirit giving them the correct interpretation?
     
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  12. Doulosiesou

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    The Holy Spirit is given to all reborn believers, we are the Temple of the Holy Spirit. So you can ask Him yourself, and He will lead you to understanding.
     
  13. Antig

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    So, 5 people, each with the same Bible verse, each with their own interpretation, each saying it's from the Holy Spirits guidance. Which one has the correct interpretation?
     
  14. Doulosiesou

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    I think they should all get together, pray a lot, maybe encourage one another towards good works, and then discuss their issues in a civil manner constantly praying for guidance.

    I think it's the struggle that will bring understanding and growth. They may all finally decide on something entirely different than their original convictions.
     
  15. expos4ever

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    I sympathize and understand there is certainly some truth in what you are saying. But I could literally bury you in examples where people try to defend a clearly dubious interpretation by basically invoking the authority of the Holy Spirit.
     
  16. Doulosiesou

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    I don't doubt you, in that case perhaps it's better to focus on good works and agree to disagree on some topics. Apparently there will always be divisions until Christ returns.
     
  17. DennisTate

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    On the other hand back in 1988.....
    I had a hundred or more scriptures that I was sure taught Soul Sleep.......
    but I prayed and asked for wisdom with chutzpah back in those days.... and I was shown error, after error after error after error.... in my Sola Scritura view of the Bible.........
     
  18. Tigger45

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    “Moreover, in the catholic church itself, all possible care must be taken, that we hold that faith which has been believed everywhere, always, by all.”

    Saint Vincent of Lérins;

    Jude 1:3b ...contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.
     
  19. salt-n-light

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    How do you personally discern that? Because this subject is not something new, its been happening even throughout biblical days.
     
  20. Oscarr

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    Hermeneutics is the set of principles by which Scripture can be interpreted as reliably as possible, without going back to the authors and asking them what they meant about some of the things they wrote which were difficult to understand. Interpretation of Scripture depends on a number of factors:
    Who is the person writing?
    Where did he live?
    What is the historical environment?
    What is the dominant culture?
    Who is the intended audience?
    Is it written for our education or for us to follow?
    If it was written to and for Jews, do Gentiles have to comply?
    If it is written to us for us to follow, does it take the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ into account?
    Does our interpretation fit into the context of the passage?
    Just because the Old Testament saints did things that were questionable, do we have to copy their behaviour?

    These are important questions that have to be considered when interpreting any passage of Scripture. Just pulling an interpretation of a random verse out of its historical, cultural and intended context is not from the Holy Spirit. It is merely twisting the words of the Bible around to what we want it to say.
     
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