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Is there only one way to interpret the bible? Is there only ONE correct way to read and understand the bible?

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Asked by Anonymous at 12:32 AM on Apr. 27, 2010 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • Yes/ and no. There is though I don't think that any one knows, exactly how to. However I do beleive you have a better chance studying it and every thing about it unbiasedly.

    Answer by hot-mama86 at 12:48 AM on Apr. 27, 2010

  • No, that is why there are many different religions within Christianity.  Some people consider themselves literal, word for word, Bible believers.  I don't think it is possible to have an absolute literal interpretation of the Bible.  Some, like me, believe the Bible is written in part using modifiers and stories to teach.


    Answer by RyansMom001 at 5:16 AM on Apr. 27, 2010

  • I believe so.

    Answer by Shaneagle777 at 5:29 AM on Apr. 27, 2010

  • no, there is not only one way to interpret the bible. If there were, there wouldn't be so many different religions based off the bible, nor so many denominations in CHristianity because they can't agree on all the interpretations of the bible.

    I'm sure the authors believed there would be only one and accurate way to interpret it, however between mistranslations, omissions, and personal misinterpretations, it was bound to happen.

    Answer by xxhazeldovexx at 7:42 AM on Apr. 27, 2010

  • There are many interpretations......which means there are many incorrect interpretations, hence so many religions based on one book.
    There is only ONE truth. If the Bible was true in all interpretations it would be a lie to someone and God doesn't lie. He is incapable of it!
    The Lord uses the Holy Spirit , bible study, prayer, and other Christians to help guide us in knowing the truth.

    Just a note: there are several translations of the Bible......not the same as interpretations. The meaning should still be the same in various translations.


    Answer by deedee3849 at 8:47 AM on Apr. 27, 2010

  • No, different people wrote the Bible. Even they can't agree on everything. Developing a relationship with Christ and discovering your own beliefs will always be a safe bet.

    Answer by acurran88 at 9:56 AM on Apr. 27, 2010

  • Yes.

    You have to use selective reasoning and believe circular logic.good


    Answer by sugahmamma at 10:32 AM on Apr. 27, 2010

  • I guess if you are going to try to get picky about it... You would have to say the only RIGHT way to read it would be to learn those languages and read the original texts... Each translations has it's own flaws and because of that each one will incite different views... A simple mistranslation of a single word can change the entire meaning of a text... With all the translations out there two people could read different translations and could get way two different things out of it... So if you are going to think that there is only one way to view things you would have to think there is only one way to read it, and to insure you are getting the proper translation you would then need to do it yourself...

    Now, lets all assume that isn't going to happen. SO... How can there be just one way to view it when each translation says different things?

    Answer by SabrinaMBowen at 11:19 AM on Apr. 27, 2010

  • Evidently so, since there have been over 100 different "interpretations" of this book of mythology since it's discovery. You would think that, if god really had wanted us to understand his instructions, he would have made them more clear. And less contradictory.

    Answer by witchqueen at 1:16 PM on Apr. 27, 2010

  • yes & no. think of it this often are the words you write on CM taken exactly as you meant them? i said yes b/c im sure the many guys writing the Bible meant their words to be taken only one way...and i said no b/c unless you can speak to the dead you cant know how they meant their words to be taken. you can believe there is only one way to interpret the Bible, but that doesnt make it true.

    Answer by okmanders at 2:17 PM on Apr. 27, 2010

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