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Dialogue Questions: Interpreting God’s Word to Fit Our Views

Monday, August 26, 2019



How do you interpret the Word of God? Why is it that so many people have varying opinions on the meaning of the text.

I am a United Methodist. As you may know we are having a BIG discussion about what are the roles of homosexuals within our church. There are about 6 verses in the Bible that discuss homosexuality. And pro and con, both sides of the argument, use the same scriptures to prove their points.

It has made me consider— where am I interpreting the Word of God to fit my own view and lifestyle?

I honestly don’t know if I will get many comments on this one. Perhaps some soul searching is all that this calls for today. But if you are brave– I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Until Next Time~
Blessings, Kate
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  • 1CRAZYDOG
    I think such issues do generate a wide variety of opinions. And indeed, opinions can be subjective, no matter how objective we try to be. We look for what supports our POV, but not necessarily waht doesn't. That is sometimes what gets in the way of truly understanding what is being said.

    Sort of like playing a game of telephone. The original message sender gives the next person the message, they listen, interpret and pass it on, so soon it doesn't even resemble the original message!

    I think, as my mom said, "God doesn't create junk". So, because there may be others different from ourselves in so many ways, they are no less valuable in HIs sight!

    HUGS
    99 days ago
  • SIMPLY_JAE
    Have a blessed day.
    102 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/26/2019 9:15:20 AM
  • MISSUSRIVERRAT
    In my opinion, people do this all the time. They build whole lifestyles on different interpretations. I've listened to some talk radio shows while on trips and am amazed at the interpretations people can make as well as the attitude/actions that proceed from their interpretations. Then there is also the issue that whatever was actually said in the biblical times was in a different language than current day and people are reading a translation and translations vary. I am not against the Bible or anything. But I would think it might be wise to read a lot of it and try to put it all together to get a bigger picture as a basis for making decisions and formulating opinions/thoughts.
    102 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/26/2019 9:54:59 AM
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