uncommon sense

Our understanding or God's Scriptures

Tue Oct 07, 14 9:05 am

Do experiences out weight the truth of Scripture? Does our logic, experiences, feelings, emotions - our understanding determine what is true in Scripture? Does it determine what is right or wrong in life? Does Scripture determine how we interpret experiences, or do we let our experiences determine how we interpret Scripture?

Jeremiah 17:9
The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?

Proverbs 16:25
There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.

On the other hand:

Jeremiah 17:10
I the Lord search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.

Isaiah 55:9
For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

Proverbs 3:5-6
5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

Psalms 119:105
Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.

Hebrews 4:12
For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

Romans 10:17
So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

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Thanks for the reminder. Yup, we shouldn't trust in ourselves, but in God. Smile
Of course if we want to be sensible, we HAVE to start out somewhere with logic. It's by logic that we can prove the Bible is true in the first place. It's by logic that we figure out what it means. It's by logic that we find evidence for the existence of God.
If I just blindly believe the Bible is true, well I could, with equal sense, blindly believe the "religious book" of any other religion. Again, if Joe blindly believes his interpretation of the Bible and Sal blindly believes hers, who's to say which is correct?
There is Someone greater than the Bible or our measly understanding of it, Someone Who reasons with perfect logic and loves with perfect love, Someone capable of "leading us into all truth" in spite of our failings, faulty logic, and blindness. We have to trust Him for each other as well as for ourselves. We have to, because the blind can't lead the blind - and until we are perfect, we are all blind, more or less.
Laura L., Tue Oct 07, 14 10:59 am Post

Yes, we do use logic. The warning is more that we make sure our logic aligns with Scripture and not try to force it the other way around.

Yes, we have what I'd call "evidential faith" to an extent: faith that makes sense when looking at things around us. It doesn't mean we understand all that we believe, but it means it makes sense enough to be believed! For example, the eternal existence of God is something that makes sense but cannot be understood with our finite minds, but we believe it by faith because it makes sense even if we don't understand.

We aren't really "blind" as long as we follow the Scripture. It is knowing the Scripture that enlightens us, gives us sight, and helps us see clearly. What would be the purpose of trying to read it if we were going to remain blind?

There are indeed many with false interpretations but that is why we are told to rightly divide the Word and try the spirits.

Also yes, the Holy Spirit leads us into all truth, and what is truth? God's Word, the Scripture, is truth. The Holy Spirit leads by and according to the Scripture. He can help you understand it and can help you use it when you need to and can use it to guide you as well! It is after all the Lamp unto our feet and Light unto our path Smile
Robert, Tue Oct 07, 14 1:30 pm Post

So, I'm curious. If I can't trust my understanding of Scripture, what can I trust?
Laura L., Tue Oct 07, 14 6:28 pm Post

I'm not trying to say you can't trust your understanding of Scripture. What I'm trying to say is not to interpret Scripture according to your experiences but to interpret experiences using the Scripture. You can trust your understanding of Scripture if it is right, and you can know it is right studying and testing it. Yes, you test your understanding of Scripture by studying Scripture: for example, making sure what you think about a certain passage does not contradict the rest of Scripture. You use easy to understand verses to help understand deeper verses. That's how Bible study and understanding should work.
Robert, Tue Oct 07, 14 9:11 pm Post

I really enjoyed this post! Thank you!
When you get to the point of "this is what God has said, this is what is the truth, no matter what religion says, no matter what my experience says" that is when we can truly work the Word without hindrance. And how wonderful it is! Smile
Sarah J., Sun Oct 12, 14 6:16 pm Post
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