The Superiority And Distinction Of Biblical Scripture – Spiritual Reading

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The Superiority And Distinction Of Biblical Scripture – Spiritual Reading.


“Some, we are aware, would gladly persuade us that things are so totally changed since the Bible was penned, that we need other guidance than what its precious pages supply. They tell us that society is not what it was; that the human race has made progress; that there has been such a development in the powers of nature, science, and philosophy, that to maintain the sufficiency and supremacy of the Bible, at such a point in the world’s history, can only be regarded as childishness, ignorance, or imbecility.”


“Now, the men that tell us these things may be very clever and very learned; but we have no hesitation whatever in telling them that, in this matter, “They make a great mistake, not knowing the Scriptures, nor the power of God.” We cannot listen for a moment to men, however profound in their reading and thinking, who dare to treat God’s book as though it were man’s book, and speak of those pages that were penned by the all wise, almighty, and eternal God, as though they were the production of a shallow and short-sighted mortal.”


“It is important to see clearly that men must either deny that the Bible is the Word of God, or admit its sufficiency and supremacy in all ages and in all countries — in all stages and conditions of the human race. God has written a book for man’s guidance, and we argue that the book must be amply sufficient for man, no matter when, where, or how we find him.
But, let it not be supposed that we prefer ignorance to learning.”


“Let none imagine that we despise the discoveries of science, or treat with contempt the achievements of sound philosophy. Far from it. We honor them highly in their proper sphere. We could not say how much we prize the labors of these learned men who have consecrated their energies to the work of clearing the sacred text of the various errors and corruptions that, from age to age, had crept into it, through carelessness or infirmity of copyists, taken advantage of by a crafty and malignant foe.”


“Every effort put forth to preserve, to unfold, to illustrate, and to enforce the precious truth of Scripture, we most highly esteem. On the other hand, when we find men making use of their learning, their science and their philosophy, for the purpose of undermining the sacred edifice of divine revelation, we deem it our duty to raise our voice in the clearest and strongest way against them and to solemnly warn the reader against their destructive influence.”


Excerpt From – The Bible: Its Supremacy And Sufficiency By Charles Henry Mackintosh


Bible Verse:


For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. 13 And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.

Hebrews 4:12-13


John


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How Should Christians And Believers Interpret Bible Scriptures – Spiritual Reading

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How Should Christians And Believers Interpret Bible Scriptures – Spiritual Reading.


Biblical interpretation has become a major point of contention among many believers and christians. Different sects interpret Bible scripture differently and sometimes amidst all the religious, theological and philosophical debates and arguments, the truth can fall away.


The Jewish Rabbi will have a different take with many emphazising context ,history, language, culture and tradition.


The Catholic Priests will have their stand, advocating intense meditation, research, praying the rosary and asking mother Mary for guidance etc.


Ordinary believers will suggest believing whatever the clergy and Church leaders feed them during worship and fellowship services.


Despite all the chaos and confusion that comes with this subject, I think the answer is a simple one.


How do we interpret scripture and the Bible?


By the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Jesus said the Holy Spirit would teach us all things.


But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you. 

John 14:26

In fact after his resurrection, Jesus had to open the minds of his disciples so that they could finally understand the scriptures. Jesus is the author and finisher of the Bible.


Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 

Hebrews 12:2

Trying to understand the Bible without his guidance or counsel is a waste of time and most often just leads to divisions, heresies, and wrong doctrines of men as is being evidenced in our world today by the various mis-interpretations of various scriptures.


My prayer is that the Lord will open our eyes and ears so that we can be able to hear and see his Holy Spirit who will guide our hearts in all truth.


Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2. through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. 3. Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4. perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.

Romans 5: 1-5

Hannah


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