Many people think they cannot understand the Bible and others misunderstand even without realizing it. What causes so much misunderstanding?
Writer, musician, activist, single father from Chicago. The Bible is the Word of God The truth is that the bible is a human product, each book written in a time and place for a specific audience, by authors who were shaped by their experiences of God.
Is it a collection of scriptures written by men, or something more? Whether or not they accept the scholarly consensuses on authorship of specific books and some do not they do believe that these authors' pens were guided by the hand of God, and thus the bible is in a sense perfect. This can be expressed in two nonexclusive ways: This idea is the source of all misuse and misunderstanding of biblical passages.
If you believe God wrote the bible, it is quite easy to imagine a certain passage applies directly to you and the world you live in.
Obviously; God is timeless, so why would He write something intended only for a specific time period? The problem with biblical inerrancy is that it's utter nonsense, as a basic reading of the Bible will show.
In Genesis 2, God creates Man first, and then plant life. Both of these things simply cannot be true, even in God's omnipotence, for omnipotence doesn't extend to the logically impossible.
A couple other brief examples: If you read each gospel's account of the 12 apostles, it is clear that there are more than 12 names and none of the gospels precisely agree on who they were.
Jesus says he comes not to bring peace, but a sword, and then He also says that all who live by the sword shall perish by the sword. In Galatians Paul writes "there is neither slave no r free," but then in Titus, Paul apparently writes that slaves are to be subject to their masters.
Similarly, in 1 Corinthians Paul says that women may "pray or prophesy" but only with their heads covered, but then in several other letters Paul apparently tells women not to speak at all.
If the Bible is perfect, how can it contradict itself so much? Some may look at these and other examples and shrug, grunting something about "God working in mysterious ways. The truth is that the bible is a human product, each book written in a time and place for a specific audience, by authors who were shaped by their experiences of God.
Therefore, in order to correctly understand and interpret the bible, you must place the book you are reading in proper historical and theological context.
We will take some examples. In a famous scene from the synoptic gospels Mark, Matthew, and Luke, Jesus is in Jerusalem during the last week of his life when a group of his enemies Pharisees in Mark and Matthew, "spies" in Luke ask him, "Teacher Taken on its own, as it often is, this statement is used by mostly well-meaning but ignorant Christians to support the idea that for Jesus, religion and politics are meant to be separate and Christians are meant to be obedient to earthly authority.
This reading betrays a fatal lack of context. First, it is said that the purpose for the question was "to trap him [Jesus] in his talk" If Jesus answered yes, it's fine to pay taxes to Rome, he risked losing the support of the crowd, which earlier had prevented his enemies from seizing him.
If he answered no, then he was committing treason against Rome and could be arrested.There is much more than can be written on this topic, but this should help to simplify the issue of the “Kingdom of God” or the “Kingdom of Heaven.” Hopefully you can see that it is much simpler than we have made it out to be.
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20 Jesus entered a house. A crowd gathered again so that it was impossible for him and his followers even to eat. 21 When his family heard what was happening, they came to take control . One of these legends is who wrote the Bible. There is a fundamental misunderstanding as to who wrote the Bible, who actually was instrumental in the hand of the Almighty God to hear the words and to pen the words on scrolls which were later transferred over .
Misunderstanding can lie hidden in the heart; you may think you have dismissed it or forgotten it, but actually it is just festering away, smoldering like a fire that refuses to go out. but a great heart of love that is unwilling to let you miss the love and the joy of God.
That is why I wrote." This is a marvelous picture of the spirit in. THE BIBLE – “The Bible is the Word of God” 2 1. The oldest books of the Bible were written some years before Christ, or some years ago.
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