Understanding Christian Apologetics Hi, I just found your site and it is awesome!
If many more Christians learned to interpret the Bible in context, quite a few denominational differences could disappear. When interpreters from various groups have worked together to unfold the meaning of a passage, agreement on many significant conclusions have been reached.
Thus hermeneutics [biblical interpretation] is a potent unifying force in the Christian church. Eerdmans,p. Unfortunately, many people would like to have churches unite by compromising the truth. A much better unity will result by going to the Bible and studying it in all it's contexts, allowing it to teach us.
The test of what is true should not be denominational creeds or doctrinal statements. What we believe should not be based on tradition, church history, personal opinion, wishful thinking, prejudice, bias, or unquestioning acceptance of what we have been taught.
The final test of truth is the accurate interpretation of the Bible in any area it touches upon. God has shared with man a part of His infinite knowledge. We must find out what He meant by what He said. Simply stated, the task of interpreters of the Bible is to find out the meaning of a statement command, question for the author and for the first hearers or readers, and thereupon to transmit that meaning to modern readers.
The interpreter will observe whether a given statement tends to be understood by a modern reader identically, similarly, or differently from the sense intended by the writer, and will adjust his explanation accordingly. First there are the surrounding verses.
Second is the cultural setting. Third is the book of the Bible the passage is in. Forth is the teaching of the rest of the Bible. Voice Of Melody, p. You, dear children, are from God and overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.
However in verse 1 of this chapter, the one in the world is defined as being a false prophet. Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.
The words "spirit" and "spirits" in this context refer to intelligent beings - men, not demons or Satan. Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God.
This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world. An Expanded Translation, Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, Mat 8:Preaching is the activity of a redeemed man, standing in Christ's stead, by His (Christ's) authority and in obedience to His command, proclaiming, explaining, illustrating, and strongly urging the word of God, the gospel of Christ, in such a manner as to make it possible for responsible people to understand it and accept it unto life or reject it unto death.
The Bible says, “God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, [Jesus Christ], that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life” (John ).
Verses Whereas verses stress the importance of listening to the Word, verses emphasize the necessity of applying the Word— putting it into practice—in our lives.
The call to “do what it says” sums up the message of the whole book of James.
Jesus uses the Parable of the Sower to explain the different responses to the Gospel. The seed, which is the Word of God, falls onto four different types of soil. The growth of the seed reflects the the condition of the heart to receive the saving Gospel.
The purpose of this study is to examine the idea that one belief or interpretation of the Bible is as good as another. and applications to help explain the meaning of the Bible (cf. Neh. ). It necessarily follows that God's word has a true and correct meaning. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.
For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.