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Friday, November 20, 2009

Nit-picking the Word of God

I believe the entire inspired word of God. I don't pick one version over another. The questions I have today are: Do we nit-pick the Bible? Do we fight over words? Do we as believer pick and choose what we want to do and not do or even what is doctrine? Should we do this? What problems can occur when we do this? What problems have you seen in your own church because of picking and choosing what we believe? Do and can opinions become as authoritative as the inspired word? What happens when we let our opinions dominate doctrine? How can this hurt the church?

What do you think?
Share your thoughts?

25 Comments:

Blogger reborn1995 said...

i was about to comment, but then i realized i'm still not really sure what you're after. Could you say more about what topic you're after? i don't see that "nit-picking" and "picking and choosing" are really the same kind of thing. "Nit-picking" seems to be making a big deal about details that aren't terribly important. "Picking and choosing" seems to be about accepting some parts but not others. Those seem like very different problems to me. Which one were you more interested in here?

--Guy

11:35 AM  
Anonymous Tim Archer said...

It helps me to remember that the Bible was written to be heard. I try and think of what someone hearing the Bible would have picked up, how much "exegesis" they could have done when hearing the text read.

I'm all for word study, etc., but it has to be kept within reasonable limits.

Grace and peace,
Tim Archer

2:06 PM  
Blogger mshane said...

Wow...lots of questions.

First, i share Your belief in the written word of God (i kind of have to since the Living Word is my savior).

Second, i prefer the Greek & Hebrew, but i'll look at multiple versions. i'm after what the LORD Most High means (i.e., what He said before it was written, what He said when it was dictated, and what He is saying now, because they all are the same).

Third, i suppose some nit-pick the Bible. i know philosophers who nit-pick Nietzsche or Derrida, poets who nit-pick Frost or Mayou, literary critics who nit-pick Shakespeare, so i kind of expect it. i like listening to Frank Luntz, but i'm not going to fight about it, probably.

Fourth, everyone picks through the options to choose what they are going to do or what they are going to believe (which is why Yeshua called believing "work"). And, of course we should do that - that is why the LORD Most High gave us free will, discernment, and creativity.

Problems? Surely, You jest...lol.

O, You were serious?

Uh, well, problems of every kind, i suppose...which leads us back to...the Word. Maybe that was the intent all along, and it's just that no one picked up on it....

Finally, i don't go to church anymore, opinions are always as authoritative as the inspired word (or at least taken that way as evidenced by people's actions), and - when that happens - churches or any other man-made institution do exactly what a trained person would suspect: reveal the personality and identity and marks of their leaders. What a pity....

The "church" is hurt in that no one listens to it anymore...like me.

Good reconnecting with You, Kinney!

3:47 PM  
Blogger Kansas Bob said...

Ditto the comment of reborn for me.

I do think that it is good to understand that we are all individuals and some of us approach the scriptures differently because we are different. Some may see the scriptures in a very black and white fashion. Others might have a grayer view. Both have a high regard for the scriptures but simply have a different POV.

I think that one of my favorite Thomas a Kempis quotes is a good way to work with each other in discerning the scriptures:

In things essential, unity; in doubtful, liberty; in all things, charity.

6:45 PM  
Blogger preacherman said...

Guy,
I agree with you that we should do exegesis yet I don't think it is wise to fight over words. I think it has been easy in the past to fight over what this word means or even putting opinion in as almost if not as authoritative as the word of God. Sorry, you were confused.

12:59 PM  
Blogger preacherman said...

Tim,
Thanks for your comments. I do agree that we need to do exegesis but is it important for the worshipers to know the greek word of this is that and such and such or is it for us as ministers to understand so we can relate it in a contemporary, applicable way? I think the latter. Thanks again for your comments brother. God bless all you do for His kingdom.

1:01 PM  
Blogger preacherman said...

mshane,
I appecriate your thoughts with us. I have been in some churches where nit-picking the bible has been done. Legalism has occured.
I have also been in churches where opinions have become as authoritative as the word of God which also resulted in legalistic mindset.
I totally understand where you are coming from thank you again for your thoughts on this subject they will always be welcomed on this blog.

1:05 PM  
Blogger preacherman said...

Kansas Bob,
Thanks as always for your comments brother. I love the quote by Thomas a Kempis.

1:07 PM  
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