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Interpreting Scripture Correctly

Bible and TextMan’s form of religion is full of rules and rituals in order to reach God or Karma or a state of perfection. At best, it’s merely a hollow shell with empty promises.

The Bible, by contrast, is not a burdensome book of religion; it’s the living Word of God. True Christianity is a dynamic ongoing relationship with the living Jesus Christ. As a result, we cannot treat the Bible as a book of mindless rules and build formulas out of scripture. Man, however, feels safe when the words that he reads are categorized, put into boxes, and formulas are built for instruction on how to live right.

If that is how we want to interpret scripture, then we strip the Bible of life.

Interpreting the Bible should be done in our relationship with its Author, Jesus Christ, who helps us interpret what is printed on its pages. It is by the power of the Holy Spirit that the living word of God can transform our corrupt minds and make us think and behave more like Christ.

When we don’t allow the Holy Spirit to be our Counselor, then we are in danger of misusing scripture. When we misuse scripture, we can easily damage people’s lives.

Each individual situation should be treated with individual care and prayer. Don’t rattle off scripture, because you might have grabbed the wrong one for that moment. We must not throw scripture around as we deem fit, because we might cause more harm than good and push people further away from God.

Besides putting verses in boxes, we must also be careful that we don’t place our own agenda onto our interpretation of the scriptures, because we can “see” what we want to see and miss what God is actually saying. That might require us to unlearn what we have been taught in our various churches and cultures and ask God to teach us afresh.

For an example of how we can misuse scripture if we are simplistic in interpreting it, you can go to my post, Misinterpreting Scripture on our blog, Restore the Word.

Tina

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Layered Frame 2The Ecclesia in Jesus’ day were the “called-out ones” from a local community whose purpose was to bring governance to the community.

Jesus uses this same model by calling-out members of this world into an ecclesia of His own. They are called-out and trained in his ways and then sent back to offer the governance of the Lord to the people of this world. The governance of the Lord is able to affect not only individuals, but also all spheres of society.

Jesus said that He would build His Ecclesia upon Himself, “the Christ, the Son of the living God” and that the gates of hell would not prevail against it. The purpose of Jesus’ Ecclesia is in the proclamation of this truth. We are to go into the world and proclaim that God’s promised Messiah has come, bringing people into relationship with the living God and under His loving rule.

The kingdom of God is offered and not forced onto people. Where it is accepted, the life of the Kingdom begins to take hold and transform lives and communities.

Rob Morley

Genuine Christianity

The more people you have in your life that are genuine the richer your life is. You can learn from one another and encourage one another. Jesus didn’t walk among us 2000 years ago to build a religion, but to build a family. His passion wasn’t for a method, but for a people set apart and anointed to touch more people.

Religion inside the institutional Church allows people to pretend their spirituality. It keeps congregants from being open and honest with each other. If you join an institutional church, you’re expected to join the show. You become a spectator and helper of the program. The show (the program) is more important than the people. If you don’t like their particular style of program, then you’re asked to join another church. You spend your life looking for the right church with the right program, but what you really need are genuine brothers and sisters in Christ who are growing in their uniqueness in Him and not another program.

Don’t replace relationship with religion. It’s a poor substitute. It will always leave you cheated of experiencing the vibrant Christianity that Jesus was willing to die for you to have.

by Tina Morley

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