Fear-Driven Biblical Interpretation

Some really really good stuff here from my friend Scott on not allowing fear to drive how we understand and or interpret the Bible. Please do give it a read…

The Prodigal Thought

Jonah and the Whale Jan Brueghel the Elder, 1887 Evangelicals are passionate about Scripture. It’s foundational to who we are. Well, first and foremost, evangel icals are called to be passionate about the evangel  (or gospel) of Christ and his kingdom. But Scripture is still of utmost importance, a strong bedrock in our theological and life formation.

So, it would follow that how we interpret Scripture must become crucial as well. However, biblical interpretation is no easy task…AT ALL. And to champion the perspicuity, or clarity, of Scripture, as most evangelicals do, could cause a bit of confusion if you simply read Scripture itself, as well as the multiplicity of interpretive approaches across the broad scope of 2000 years of Christian church history (I, of course, am referring to the non-heretical interpretations).

I’m currently thinking about this topic (well, I think about it often, though I’m considering it a bit more today) because of some interaction I came across from an acquaintance and his study…

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