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MadCornishBiker
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5/27/2013 8:12:22 AM
Posted: 3 years ago
I find it hard to understand why people insist on interpreting scripture when it is, in fact, more than capable of interpreting itself provided one has a broad enough knowledge of scripture, and especially of what scripture reveals, overall, of the personalities of God and Christ.

That is what John 17:3 means, because until you learn to understand how God and Christ think, you will never truly understand scripture. That is why Christ said that taking in such knowledge is the main criteria which brings everlasting life.

Letting scripture interpret itself brings unity amongst those who do, as Christianity demands from it's true followers, insisting on human interpretations only brings division, hence the confusing mass of "churches" all of which claim to be Christian.

As Paul said, "The word of God is alive and exerts power" and he alter added "All scripture is inspired of God and beneficial for teaching, reproving, for setting things straight, so that the man of God may be fully competent, equipped for every good work.

It really is all we need to tell us all we need to know about God and His purposes for us.
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5/27/2013 8:19:42 AM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 5/27/2013 8:12:22 AM, MadCornishBiker wrote:
I find it hard to understand why people insist on interpreting scripture when it is, in fact, more than capable of interpreting itself provided one has a broad enough knowledge of scripture, and especially of what scripture reveals, overall, of the personalities of God and Christ.

It leaves it open for change, because even though it should not be changeable in many people's views, this leaves it weak and created a target for people to rip down.


That is what John 17:3 means, because until you learn to understand how God and Christ think, you will never truly understand scripture. That is why Christ said that taking in such knowledge is the main criteria which brings everlasting life.

How could anyone "understand" how "God" thinks?


Letting scripture interpret itself brings unity amongst those who do, as Christianity demands from it's true followers, insisting on human interpretations only brings division, hence the confusing mass of "churches" all of which claim to be Christian.

And creates a target for sceptics.


As Paul said, "The word of God is alive and exerts power" and he alter added "All scripture is inspired of God and beneficial for teaching, reproving, for setting things straight, so that the man of God may be fully competent, equipped for every good work.

"All scripture is inspired of God"? All scripture? I don't believe anyone could read "all" scripture.


It really is all we need to tell us all we need to know about God and His purposes for us.

All we need to know about a god is a story humanity has recently created?
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Fruitytree
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5/27/2013 9:20:24 AM
Posted: 3 years ago
People intentions for interpreting the scriptures are three:

-Some do it to prove it's full of contradictions according to their understanding.
-Some do it to support their belief, even if their belief isn't literally supported by scripture, but they still will find ways to twist the meanings and conform them with their desires.-and few really interpret in order to understand what God wants from them, to acquire knowledge and to be successful in the hereafter.
MadCornishBiker
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5/27/2013 9:58:03 AM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 5/27/2013 9:20:24 AM, Fruitytree wrote:
People intentions for interpreting the scriptures are three:

-Some do it to prove it's full of contradictions according to their understanding.
-Some do it to support their belief, even if their belief isn't literally supported by scripture, but they still will find ways to twist the meanings and conform them with their desires.-and few really interpret in order to understand what God wants from them, to acquire knowledge and to be successful in the hereafter.

You could add to that the two most common reasons, ones which the Pharisees of Jesus day employed and many still do today:-

To achieve and maintain prominence, or power, amongst their fellow men.

To make their teachings more acceptable to those who don't want to change to fit in with God's requirements and thus get more (bums on pews and pennies in the collection plate".

Unfortunately changing the faith to suit the people does no good to the people as they need to change to fit the true version of the faith in order to be acceptable to God and Christ.
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5/28/2013 12:25:33 AM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 5/27/2013 8:12:22 AM, MadCornishBiker wrote:
I find it hard to understand why people insist on interpreting scripture when it is, in fact, more than capable of interpreting itself provided one has a broad enough knowledge of scripture, and especially of what scripture reveals, overall, of the personalities of God and Christ.

That is what John 17:3 means, because until you learn to understand how God and Christ think, you will never truly understand scripture. That is why Christ said that taking in such knowledge is the main criteria which brings everlasting life.


Letting scripture interpret itself brings unity amongst those who do, as Christianity demands from it's true followers, insisting on human interpretations only brings division, hence the confusing mass of "churches" all of which claim to be Christian.

As Paul said, "The word of God is alive and exerts power" and he alter added "All scripture is inspired of God and beneficial for teaching, reproving, for setting things straight, so that the man of God may be fully competent, equipped for every good work.

It really is all we need to tell us all we need to know about God and His purposes for us.

Let me guess, YOU truly understand scripture, its the OTHERS who don't.

The easiest thing in the world is to pat one self on the back and proclaim or imply about how ones self has the "truth" it's the others who are in error.
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