What is the scriptural method of finding scripture TRUTH?
So many people do not understand that there is one way and only one way to interpret scripture to receive scriptural truth. Do you know what it is?
I am asking this on the Christian side(new testament) and will delete any answers from a different perspective.
By studying the word of God (the bible) through the help of the Holy Spirit during study. And nothing else that I know of.
Thanks for the question celafoe.
But I caution this, as it tends to put cart before horse. The newcomer should read and learn and not wait for the Holy Spirit, for somehow one has to be receptive to the Holy Spirit. We must not say "only" for that limits God.
eric, not so - if the original apostles, taught by Jesus, were to wait on the Holy Spirit why not us? And if the conversion is proper they will have been baptized , water & Spirit,right away and understand. God said HS necessary for understandin
Interpret literally unless the context demands otherwise. The context is the surrounding verses belonging to a given passage of Scripture. The Bible should be approached as we would approach any book. Take the words to mean exactly what they say, unless the context pushes you toward an allegorical interpretation.
For instance, "In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth" (Gen. 1:1). This should be interpreted literally, given that the context does not imply that this is figurative.
Judges 9:8-15 is a good example of an allegorical or figurative text. The context shows you that this story was given to prove a point.
Great question. Thanks.
The things of God are revealed to us by His Spirit and are confirmed in His Word. Additionally, do not take the word of any man, but search the Scriptures to confirm that it is truth.
Because we are fallible, we will not be 100% accurate at all times that is why we have our brothes and sisters in Jesus Christ to keep us in check. As it says in Peter, no prophecy of Scripture is open to private interpretation.
Paul admonished Timothy to faithfully handle the Word. We have to understand that the meaning of Scripture is fixed; therefore, it is up to us to discover its meaning, not to alter it. Studying the word definitions and to whom the audience the words are speaking to is important. Individual verses are parts of a whole, not isolated fragments. Understanding the historical background, the societies in that day, and the genre of literal, parable and symbolic should be understood; otherwise, one will be led astray.
The most important is allowing the Spirit of Truth to guide us in what God has FREELY given us. The run of the mill hireling pastor will not freely guide you, but will happilly do so after the TITHING PLATE has been passed around. The Holy Spirit freely guides to what is written in the Word, but does not communicate new truth, doctrine, or instruct in unknown hidden agendas.
There is complete sufficiency in Scripture alone that is proftable for doctrine, reproof, correction and instruction. It is not through the lens of what the hireling's say, but what God says. Most modern "churches" preach another Jesus, and another Gospel because of their shallow understanding of finding Scriptural truth that relies on hirelings to dispel "truth" for a price.
We must search for truth ourselves; many rely on others to do it for them.
Scriptures interpret scriptures. So staying in the Book while searching with earnest prayer for God to open our understanding is the best way, But we must also hear a preacher, as it says in 1 Corinthians 1:21 It pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.
It's through preaching that God reveals most of Himself to us.
not true , preaching is to bring the lost to Christ, then they are responsible to study themselves and the Holy Spirit will show them truth. Very few preachers these days lead people to Jesus, most lead them to their "church".
So then all the letters to the Churches (People that were already born again) that the apostles wrote weren't to give them better understanding and revelation of God and His ways?
absolutely, thats what we study the bible , to understand. not what men say but what the scriptures say. We have the holy Spirit who will teach us all truth, no man does that. . the modern "church" preaching at the people, is not NT church
The Bible still says that "Preaching is for the perfecting of the saints...for the edifying of the body of Christ:" that's why God gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; Eph. 4:11-12
actually i am not against preaching or teaching, just against people being sucked into the modern "church" system and preached at instead of have church like NT where all participate. 1 Cor 14
I agree but just because some twist the rule to fit their thinking don't mean we should shun the rule.
And my last line got cut off last post, it was supposed to say preaching is to bring folks to Christ but it is also to keep folks in Christ.
actually we are pretty much in agreement. I have seen too much preaching condemnation that I just prefer teaching , which is really what Paul and the others did, they taught and always toward redemption. no condemnation except with troublemakers
"Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life" (2 Corinthians 3:6 KJV).
Too many Christians think that they know the "one way" to interpret scripture. This leads to disagreements.
"The Lord's Servant must not quarrel; instead, he must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful. Those who oppose him he must gently instruct, in the hope that God will give them a change of heart leading to a knowledge of the truth" (II Timothy 2:24-26).
As we walk the narrow path toward salvation, we grow in understanding. Early in the path, scripture might mean one thing, but we are still young. Late in the path, scripture might mean something completely different, but we must remain humble and hungry for God's wisdom.
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