From reading the bible? I see people all the time say they read the bible and that they feel it means one thing, however since their pastor/preacher says it means something else, what their pastor says must be true. If that is so, why read it yourself?
Personally I feel like I get a better understanding of things when I read them for myself and read the context behind the scriptures. There is so much left to interpretation and not one person is going to interpret things the same. Why can't my interpretation be just as right as the pastors?
Asked by Anonymous at 7:36 PM on Sep. 30, 2009 in Religion & Beliefs
Answer by auroura at 7:39 PM on Sep. 30, 2009
Answer by Anonymous at 7:39 PM on Sep. 30, 2009
Answer by Anonymous at 7:56 PM on Sep. 30, 2009
Answer by mammacjjc85 at 8:03 PM on Sep. 30, 2009
My pastor tells us not to take his word for it, that we should study things ourselves, because after all he is human and can miss things. And even asks to confront him, if we think he is wrong. I don't trust any pastor who says that we should take his word for it and to trust him and only him.
Answer by TBandNCmommy at 11:03 PM on Sep. 30, 2009
Answer by Mamkind at 7:22 AM on Oct. 1, 2009
Answer by lawla at 9:58 AM on Oct. 1, 2009
One of the problems with interpreting the Bible is that people over interpret what it says. If God says it's a sin its a sin, don't try to over think it or look for loop holes. Also there are "guidelines" for interpreting, such as you have to look at Scripture as a whole, not just pick out verses as you would like. Where there is disagreement I tend to defer to my pastor as he is more educated than I am. But pastors are human and make mistakes, some are even guilty of trying to manipulate scripture to fit their own meaning.
Also the pastor was never intended to be your only source of understanding. A good pastor will encourage and help their congregation to study scripture on their own.
But all of this must be done with prayer, God gives the true understanding, after all it's His word.
Answer by teamquinn at 1:37 PM on Oct. 1, 2009