Context is important!

Odd, the less the bible is read, the more in is interpreted. C S Lewis

Did you know that God comes from Teman?
That’s right, the bible says that, so that must be true, no doubts about it, that’s what the bible says…

Hab 3:3 God comes from Teman, and the Holy One from Mount Paran. Selah. His majesty covers the heavens, and His praise fills the earth.

See, I told you.

I am just making a point. The point being, a text without a context is always a pretext.

What is a pretext? It is the following…

1. something that is put forward to conceal a true purpose or object; an ostensible reason; excuse: The leaders used the insults as a pretext to declare war.

So, when people pick a verse from here or there to use an argument against the context of the message they are really is saying nothing at all. Not only that, but the bible did not originally come with the chapter and verse like we have today. Versification has served us well as far as knowing where to find things and committing verse to memory, but unfortunately it has been abused…

The impulse to conceive of verses as independent, isolated units of meaning is strong, despite efforts on the part of Biblical scholars to discourage this.

As much as any sentence in any book, any statement in the Bible is designed to be understood in its own context. Interpretation of isolated verses often leads to misunderstandings that would be clear if the same words were studied in context. Wikipedia

What we should do it this…

2Ti 2:15 Give diligence to present yourself approved to God, a workman unashamed, rightly dividing the Word of Truth.

Biblical Hermeneutics and rightly dividing the Word of Truth and using sound methodology …is not optional for the true disciple of Christ.[…] Paul describes the one who “rightly divides” the Word of Truth as a “workman;” thus proper interpretation comes through effort. Christian Apologetics – Hermeneutics

So let us be like the Bereans and search the scriptures diligently. They were nobler that the rest…

Act 17:11 And these were more noble than those in Thessalonica, for they received the Word with all readiness, daily examining the Scriptures if these things are so.

I just thought I would blog about that just to clear things up a bit because some people will quote one verse and think that’s the end of the argument when really they have not a clue about the context of the given whole.

Like Lewis said…

Odd, the less the bible is read, the more it is translated.