Interpreting the Bible
Here is some good advice from a Facebook friend, Joshua Agan, on how to interpret the Bible.
When people hear me say, “Take the Scriptures literally,” they are quick to say, “So you believe that Jesus is a wooden door, AND he is actual bread?!”
Don’t be stupid.
Scripture contains poetry, prose, parables and prophesies. You must take these literary types in their given sense.
But that leads to a very important conclusion. When Scripture gives us a literary device, accept it in its basic form as given. So when Scripture gives us truths that are not in some literary device, but rather given as plain fact—do we accept it as given, or do we allegorize it anyway?
Some people are comfortable reading that God created in six days, and accepting six days. But then those same people read other truths given, and suddenly try to add deeper meaning to it than what Scripture provides.
I challenge you to approach the Scriptures differently tomorrow.
Accept the text as if it was given to you as a plain statement of Truth from a Father to His child. Well, because it is.
A child does not accept a plain statement and try to allegorize and theorize on the deeper meanings of the linguistic anomalies. A child receives what he is given.
Lean not on your own understanding, friend. Ask the Spirit of Truth to lead you. Follow as a child, wherever the Spirit leads. That requires humility, by the way. It offends our intellect.
“What if this plain statement were the plain truth? What else would God need to say differently in order to get you to accept the plain statement as it is given?”
This question will turn many a tradition on its heels. Ask the Spirit to help us. Mean it. Then listen.
You won’t be disappointed.