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BIBLE TRANSLATIONS AND INTERPRETATION
The topics in our articles and blogs are not dealt with exhaustively. (That means we are limiting our consideration to the primary subject.) While the subjects are not to be considered exhaustive, every attempt is made to treat each one thoroughly within the confines of the biblical accounts and the scope of the subject.
Please understand - every subject (addressed by the Holy Spirit or even the apostles) is not in these articles. The subjects included are based of my personal concerns about major Bible themes and issues about practical Christian living.
Further, we have full confidence in the original texts of Scripture. Therefore, we may have know nothing Jesus or the apostles taught (in these historical accounts) is contradicted in any portion of God’s Word whether the Old or New Testament. One basic principle of biblical hermeneutics (the science of interpreting the Bible) contends that the true meaning of a text is found when its interpretation is consistent with the meaning of other texts addressing the same issue.
I personnaly believe the Bible is inerrant in the original autographs (Greek, Aramaic and Hebrew manuscripts). I hold this confidence for three basic reasons; first the Bible claims divine authorship; second the copies of the manuscripts have survived extraordinary circumstances to the end that there is more evidence for its claims than any other book of antiquity; thirdly, the writers of the manuscripts were men of integrity and gave their lives maintaining their witness is true.
I have chosen to quote from the King James and New King James Version's, because the translators followed a word for word translation style. Some Greek, Hebrew and Aramaic words are impossible to translate using only one English word. In such cases a phrase would be used to most closely approximate the original word. It therefore minimizes the possible insertion of the translator’s theological and philosophical prejudices (we all have them).
My main concern is that we understand clearly what Jesus taught about each topic and that we make the proper personal application to our lives. But, without your personal commitment to what Jesus taught, you cannot appropriately apply the Scripture. Why? Because, when there is no faith in the accuracy of Scripture your heart is filled with unbelief and you will not heed the leading of the Spirit.
I suggest you begin each Scripture reading with a prayer, asking God for guidance in the discovery of His truth. Just because you can read and are an intelligent person, does not mean that you can apply human reasoning and have an automatic understanding of the Bible. God, the Holy Spirit, must reveal truth from the Scriptures or you will never have insight beyond what may be comprehended historically, geographically, and culturally.
Reading just for the sake of getting information can be an exciting academic exercise. But reading the Scriptures brings a since of fulfillment and satisfaction when your study bears spiritual fruit provided by the Holy Spirit. That'’s because, a biblical study is intended by God to be more than an academic rush or even an emotional and spiritual high. He intends to effect a change in your heart and then your life. Therefore, find a practical application for each truth you learn. The application of Truth is the Holy Spirit’s goal in your life.
Remember, Scripture has only one meaning, but may have many applications as directed by the Spirit.
My prayer for you, as you read the Bible, is that God will give you a discerning spirit and that you will distinguish between interpretation and application and then commit to obeying it!