Bible Interpretationby: Keith Camp
I recently came across this quip of advice: "Don't be so open-minded that your brains fall out."
Certainly that is sound advice in view of today's promoted social
etiquette. Nowadays the "intellectual fashion" it to be so flexible, so
tolerant that you can agree with everyone about everything. It's as if
doubt were a virtue and conviction a vice. And perhaps there is not a
better illustration of this than in some of the statements of religious
For example, it is often said that "one interpretation is as good as
another." Now the intent of that statement is to justify man's practice
to hold and teach different explanations of the Bible, even
conflicting and contradictory ones! Unfortunately, it only serves to
encourage people to maintain their religious diversity rather than obey
God's mandates to "speak the same things, that there be no
divisions, but perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the
same judgment" (1 Corinthians 1:10). And people who believe that differing "interpretations" of the Bible are equally valid have failed to think that through.
The author of the Bible is God (2 Timothy 3:16) and God is NOT the author of confusion (1 Corinthians 14:33).
Therefore, the Bible is NOT a book of confusion. It does not
contradict; it has a true and correct meaning. And so, one
interpretation of the Bible is NOT as good as another. God wants it
understood and followed accurately, not in contradictory ways.
Jesus taught that all men must learn, obey and abide in His words,
the truth, if they are to be His disciples (John 8:31,32). To say that
"one interpretation is as good as another," is to say that people who
do not know, nor obey the truth, are just as well off as those who do!
But the Bible emphatically teaches that is NOT so (e.g. Matthew 7:21-27; Romans 2:6-10). The apostle John wrote there is "the spirit of truth AND the spirit of error" (1 John 4:9), and by no means are they equal or without consequence (2 John 9).
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