The Bible is one of the most popular and beloved books in the whole world. At least I hope you agree! It is also one of the most complicated to understand. There are stories with plot twists we could never conceive of, teachings that are hard to accept, and characters who have become heroes as well as cautionary tales.
Scriptures must be interpreted. Sometimes their meanings seem to conflict, or a particular message given in one context appears to be contradicted in another context. We must ask ourselves “what is the broader message or theme of the whole of scripture?” It is not enough to find a passage or two or three which supports our particular view. This is known as proof texting your point.
Here is what I think works best–We interpret all of scripture in the light of Jesus’ life and his teachings, as well as with the help of tradition, reason and our life experiences.
Our sermon series “Four Things Jesus Never Said” continues this week. Adam Hamilton’s book, Half-Truths, helps us examine a few sayings that may or may not appear in the Bible. Jesus certainly never said any of these sayings. A number of these sayings are misused and can actually hurt people.
Have you ever heard or said the phrase “God Helps Those Who Help Themselves?”
When saying this-What do we mean? Does it help others? Is it biblical? Is it not?
You are invited to be in worship as I attempt to make some sense of this most popular saying. See you on Sunday morning!