Posted by: the warrioress | November 26, 2012

Subjective Interpretation of Biblical Truth

King James Bible

“A wise man’s heart is at his right hand; but a fool’s heart at his left.” —Ecclesiastes 10:2 King James Version (KJV)

“Every way of man is right in his own eyes but the Lord pondereth the hearts” —Proverbs 21:2 (KJV)

During this last election cycle, I observed a few blog posters claiming they were correct in their choice of political party because of what the bible says.  They based this accuracy on their subjective, personal interpretation of bible scripture and even interpreted particular scripture that proved without error how Christians are to stand on a particular issue or even political party.  I paid attention because I was a little amazed at this interesting “tactic.”

Certainly I’m not surprised to discover any Christian believing he has the correct bible interpretation of what scripture attempts to tells us. What I’m unaccustomed to, however, is someone’s certainty that they know accuracy of scripture that is absolutely murky, a little puzzling, and has been interpreted numerous different ways by even renowned bible scholars and theologians.

None of us can say without question that we have the perfect and only correct interpretation of what a bible scripture says.  We can only agree with those who have come before us, or offer our opinion based upon the Holy Spirit‘s guidance, or even our minister’s; still this is essentially manipulating the bible so that we can further our own agenda forward  — political or otherwise.  Only the truly objective can be trusted to assess the unvarnished truth.

For those who interpret as they will, based upon their own agenda, I have to wonder if this is akin to adding something to scripture or taking something away; we all remember what God warned about that, I hope….

“And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.” — Revelation 22:19

So…are we then to vote Republican or become Conservative in our thinking because of this scripture, for example? “A wise man’s heart is at his right hand; but a fool’s heart at his left.” —Ecclesiastes 10:2 King James Version (KJV)   No, I think not.  This scripture is absolutely not telling us that we should vote conservatively or veer to the right, (ie: Republican), when we vote, though I see how many Right-Wing Christians might choose to view scripture in this manner; it’s not the case though, no matter how much they want it to be so.

Close-up of green leaves in front of text

(Photo credit: Horia Varlan)

I also have to wonder how many bible passages are being mis-read and misinterpreted in an attempt to see and believe what one wants, or prefers. It’s always easiest to digest something that may better fit with our own particular way of seeing the world, than to try and swallow down someone else’s.

This is kind of scary stuff though, or it could be, depending upon how one perceives what the bible is saying about how we should act, think, and behave. Any of us could be seriously off the beaten path and think we’re completely in the right! I believe it is probably safest to go with the bible interpretation that the majority of bible scholars and theologians agree with. These people are usually more studied than the average lay person is;  nevertheless, allowing anyone to twist scripture to their own biased devices and interpretation is a dangerous course that begs for erroneous bumbling.

Allowing one wing of a political party to have the only truth, (alleged gospel), on accurate interpretation of the bible also begs for some serious error. There is just way too much bias; thus we should strive to find a reliable, objective interpretation that is not biased toward the extreme religious right or the left and strive for something that willingly looks at all sides.

Perhaps we might ponder on this scripture too, which doesn’t seem too difficult to interpret.  I think this is something we can all trust in and it seems pretty accurate to me.  Even personal bias cannot misinterpret this:

Every way of man is right in his own eyes, but the Lord pondereth the hearts. —Proverbs 21:2 (KJV)

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  1. Are you a bible warrior?

    can you see this scripture
    11 Let a woman learn in silence with full submission.
    12 I permit no woman to teach or to have authority over a man; she is to keep silent.
    13 For Adam was formed first, then Eve;
    14 and Adam was not deceived, but the woman was deceived and became a transgressor.
    15 Yet she will be saved through childbearing, provided they continue in faith and love and holiness, with modesty. (1Ti 2:11-15 NRS)

    34 women should be silent in the churches. For they are not permitted to speak, but should be subordinate, as the law also says. (1Co 14:34 NRS)

    5 but any woman who prays or prophesies with her head unveiled disgraces her head– it is one and the same thing as having her head shaved.
    6 For if a woman will not veil herself, then she should cut off her hair; but if it is disgraceful for a woman to have her hair cut off or to be shaved, she should wear a veil.
    7 For a man ought not to have his head veiled, since he is the image and reflection of God; but woman is the reflection of man.
    8 Indeed, man was not made from woman, but woman from man.
    9 Neither was man created for the sake of woman, but woman for the sake of man.
    10 For this reason a woman ought to have a symbol of authority on her head, because of the angels. (1Co 11:5-10 NRS)

    Be quiet women!

  2. I’m an atheist, but I agree 100%

  3. I’m the son, grandson, and great-grandson of ministers of the gospel of Jesus Christ, and I must say it is not very hard to decipher what ideologies support and defend the morals, values, and teachings of the Bible and those that do not. And I’ve never, ever met a single person who used that particular verse to decide their particular ideology. That’s just silly and I think you know that. Red herring arguments make poor posts.

  4. Hi, Dave the Sage! Thanks for stopping by to comment.

    Well, of course you defend how the right interprets and allegedly defends the morals, values, and teachings of the bible; you are an obvious, hard right, conservative political thinker, are you not? I used to subscribe to your points of view and your blog, so that’s how I know. 😉

    Unfortunately, this isn’t a ‘red herring’ argument contained within this post; this is pure honesty in written form and thus it may chap a few right wing booty’s; I expect it to and apologize if that is the case… heh heh. I always appreciate other points of view, regardless if they agree with me or not, though, so thank you again for your thoughts.

  5. Blue Dela Kanluran, thanks so much for stopping by here. I’m glad we agree. I know it’s rare for a Christian to agree with an atheist, but now and again this can happen. 🙂

  6. Bring Freedom, good evening!

    You’ve offered a wonderful example here, via your commment, of exactly what my post is talking about. Thanks!

  7. @Bring Freedom

    I thought I would share something, related to your subjectively interpreted biblical passages about women. These passages you’ve cited and have interpreted are another excellent example of biblical interpretation gone awry. Your verses on the veil are addressed in this reading via the link below as well.

    “The context of 1 Corinthians 14:33-35 is talking about interpreting and understanding the gifts of tongues and prophecy (1 Corinthians 14:26-32). Therefore, 1 Corinthians 14:34 is not commanding women to be absolutely silent in the church all the time. It is only saying that women should not participate when tongues and/or prophecy is being interpreted and tested (1 Thessalonians 5:19-22; 1 John 4:1). This is in agreement with 1 Timothy 2:11-12 which says that women should not teach or have authority over men. If women were involved in deciding whether a prophecy was truly from God, they would be disobeying what the Bible says in 1 Timothy 2:11-12. Therefore, Paul tells women to be silent when tongues and prophecy are being interpreted so that they will not be disobeying God’s Word.”

    http://www.gotquestions.org/women-silent-church.html

  8. You’re so pretty and lovely.
    but you do not understand what I saying and you ignored me.

    if you are the really understand Bible women like Sarah
    You heard my words, and did not rebel.

    I’m not cited

    and that “http://www.gotquestions.org/women-silent-church.html” like dung posts I did not even know.

    and you yourselfs say “abstain from every form of evil. (1Th 5:22 NRS)”
    in [rophecy is being interpreted and tested (1 Thessalonians 5:19-22; 1 John 4:1). This ]

    but you acting evil by ignired my commant

    why paul said “Indeed, man was not made from woman, but woman from man. (1Co 11:8 NRS)”
    and “and Adam was not deceived, but the woman was deceived and became a transgressor. (1Ti 2:14 NRS)”

    because predicted about women’ evil acting

    dear sister please understand what I saying

    God is love and he love you

    if you understand my saying

    salvation is near to you

  9. Very well written blog Adrienne, I agree with every word.

    Ed

  10. God is in control. In Daniel Chapter two, Daniel prays that God raises up kings and He removes kings. I can’t pretend to understand why Obama was re-elected, but I do know that no matter what, God is in control and my Kingdom is God’s Kingdom, I just am here on earth for the equivalent of a blink of an eye in the realm of eternity. I will do what I can for His Kingdom here. This was a great post.

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  12. I enjoy your blog and your devotion to God. I have awarded you the 2012 Blog of the Year Award. Please come by http://www.mainwriters.com to pick it up. Don’t worry about making everyone happy on your blog, even Jesus had people who criticized him during his earthly ministry.

  13. This is another very true post Adrienne! I agree with you and also the comment made by Heather ” God is in control. In Daniel Chapter two, Daniel prays that God raises up kings and He removes kings. I can’t pretend to understand why Obama was re-elected, but I do know that no matter what, God is in control and my Kingdom is God’s Kingdom, I just am here on earth for the equivalent of a blink of an eye in the realm of eternity. I will do what I can for His Kingdom here.”
    My life is not mine– it belongs to the One who bought me. My work for the kingdom of heaven is NOT to change the government, but to live by it’s laws. However, the most important is to live according to Jesus commands. To love the Lord God with all my being and to love others as Christ loves us.

    Continue your faith walk sister…
    Stephanie

  14. I’m sorry for the spiritual harassment you’re receiving from BringFreedom. Please just shake it off and keep moving forward. He’s using scripture just exactly as you are describing in your post. Let that further prove the point you’re making!

  15. Oh my gosh, I can’t express how furious seeing that verse in Ecclesiastes being quoted to support right-wing political views made me! Yeah, some people were doing that on my Facebook wall during the election. It’s like people don’t even stop to think. Back when that was written, there were no right-wing and left-wing political parties. Israel was under a freaking monarchy! And even if there had been right-wing and left-wing views in that society, they probably wouldn’t match to what those terms mean today.

    And @BringFreedom: if you don’t think a woman has the right to teach you anything about the Bible, then don’t read her blog. By doing so, you place yourself under the authority of her teaching. By the way, the internet is not a church. The verses you quoted say women should keep silent IN THE CHURCHES. So even if we agreed with your selective interpretation of these scriptures, Warrioress is already in compliance. And since she is neither praying nor prophesying here, she doesn’t have to have her head covered while blogging, either.

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  18. @April K

    And if you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? (Mat 5:47)

    If you are truly have done to me good
    why this verse arose in my mind?

    that hating mind where in your mind I think nothing in the eyes of God
    but God wants to peaces

    for God is a God not of disorder but of peace. (As in all the churches of the saints, (1Co 14:33 NRS)

    I only taught the least of law. If you don not keep that lettle

    why you say in you mouth righteous?

  19. You are spot on in this blog! I enjoyed reading it!

  20. Well, I guess someone should stand up and say it. The Bible says what I say it says—nothing more and nothing less. I (and only I) have the ability to understand scripture correctly. Everyone else is wrong about the meaning of scripture, and anyone who disagrees with me is going to burn. Why am I and only I correct about scripture? Just because i say so and believe it so very strongly. That’s why. What better reason could there possibly be?

    Oh, I wish that all of you hopeless sinners could see the truth that only I have been given the ability to see. When…oh…when will you cease from being so hard hearted, and when will the scales drop from your eyes that you may read and understand scripture as I do—and know right doctrine when you see it. Always remember this one crucial thing, and you can never go wrong. If you think 2+2 =4, and the Bible says 2+2 =5, then the correct answer is 5. This is the most important thing to learn.

    The second most important thing to learn is like unto it. “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.” (Proverbs 3:5). For “true” Christians, this may be the most important scripture in the entire Bible. Here is what it tells us:

    God may have given us a brain, but we are not to use our brains in matters of scripture and holiness. Our brains were given to us to use only in the daily tasks of living within this world, like measuring lumber or separating the whites from the coloreds to avoid miscegenation of clothing. In matters of scripture and spirit it is different. When you open up a Bible, open a new book from your Christian bookstore, listen to a random television preacher, enter a church doorway, or listen to a speech by great men of faith such as Rick Perry, Greg Abbott, or Mike Huckabee, the proper thing to do is switch off your brain; cease from all logic, analysis, and questioning; let your eyes glaze over in a trance-like state, and do nothing else but absorb every word that is said into your spiritual being. Believe earnestly that every word and thought is truth provided directly to you as a special message for your personal life situation—directly from the Holy Spirit, and think or do exactly what you are told to think and do. Never question anything because it is not right to question any man who claims to be sent from God, for it is impossible for an unGodly man to claim that he has been sent by God. Trust all of them and everything they have to say without question. Then you will be safe from the wrath of the Lord and know that every thought and activity in your life is pleasing to God. He will then make sure your airbags inflate at the proper moment in next week’s crash, and you will receive reassure that you do not have to be Hal Lindsay’s “step and fetch it” in the Kingdom of Heaven.

  21. Signed: Tee Hee Hee.


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