Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Reading the Bible for ourselves

In Churches of Christ we put a big emphasis on telling everyone they ought to read the Bible for themselves. The reason for this emphasis, really, is that everyone ought to read the Bible for themselves. We start having problems, though, if we think that’s the end of the process. When a Christian has read and begun to understand the Bible, it’s tempting to start trusting in one’s own interpretations rather than in the Word itself. That’s why some Christians have goofy ideas about what parts of the Bible mean: they lean upon their own understanding without learning from thousands of other Christians who have studied the Bible as well. In fact, every Christian ought to study the Bible not only so we ourselves are made stronger, but so we can take part in the church's great work of hearing and living the Word of God together. As the Preacher said, “a threefold cord is not easily broken.”

(c) Copyright 2007, A. Milton Stanley

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