Distortions Are the Enemies of Truth

Politicians’ creed: When in doubt, make race the issue photo credit: Sky Noir via photopin cc Facts are the enemy of truth. ~ Don Quixote We live in a strange world where many people seem to believe that we all create our own reality.  Politicians speak from ideologies and biases intended…

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How to Interpret the Bible, Conclusion: The Hard-Hearted Need Not Apply, and the Hard-Hearted Example of Cooking on the Sabbath

7 But if ye had known what this meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice, ye would not have condemned the guiltless. 8 For the Son of man is Lord even of the sabbath day. ~ Mt 12:7-8 I have now published the introduction to this series as a…

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How to Interpret the Bible, Part 7: Perspicuity, and You Don’t Know What You Don’t Know

Sometimes a little clarity is needed Image courtesy of Jeroen van Oostrom / FreeDigitalPhotos.net The doctrine of the clarity of Scripture (often called the “perspicuity of Scripture”) teaches that “the meanings of the text can be clear to the ordinary reader, that God uses the text of the Bible to…

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How to Interpret the Bible, Part 6: Use the Smell Test

If it looks like a duck, Swims like a duck, And quacks like a duck, Then it probably is a duck. ~ “The duck test”, a common saying This is part 6 of the series “How to Interpret the Bible“, so if you have not yet read the introduction, you should…

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How to Interpret the Bible, Part 5: Literal Interpretation Does Not Mean Lack of Symbols or Poetry

  Page from French Psalter Another point to keep in mind has to do with the kind of biblical literature we are dealing with when seeking to interpret a passage. The Bible contains a variety of genres or styles of writing ranging from the overtly poetic, such as the Psalms,…

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