“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.
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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- The Bible Wasn’t Written For Scholars… (therippleeffect70x7.wordpress.com)
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