Getting It Wrong

Wrong Way, Sign, Road, Caution, Warning

Have you ever tried to explain a Bible verse and use the wrong verse to explain it. I know of many Bible teachers who do this occasionally. One Bible teacher I heard a year ago used a passage in the first half of 1 Samuel about the Philistines carrying away the ark. He said that it was Saul’s fault even thought Saul wasn’t even king yet. Saul wasn’t even mentioned until several chapters later. That I’m sure was very embarrassing. What do we do when we mistakenly confuse Bible passages and get wrong interpretations? We admit we are wrong and apologize. How do we avoid that?

  1. Read the Bible regularly in it’s context.
  2. Look at a concordance to look at similar passages that use the same words and see what Bible passages we are confusing.
  3. Consult your pastor.
  4. Consult a concordance.
  5. Don’t assume that you are speaking about the right Bible passage. Look it up yourself.

I’m writing this because I made a mistake in my last post https://usinghermeneutics.org/2019/06/05/abandon-abortion/ . I quoted from 1 Corinthians 8:7-13. I just assumed that I had the right context. I should have quoted from 1 Corinthians 10:27-33. They talk about similar subjects but 10:27-33 actually talk about the situation of an unbeliever inviting you to their home and you refusing to eat meat sacrificed to idols so that you don’t offend your brother in Christ. I application was spot on but not for the passage that I quoted. I’m sorry for making this mistake. It would have been not an issue if I actually fully read the book of 1 Corinthians right before I wrote on that passage. Learn from my mistake. Read the Bible in its context fully before interpreting it for others.

I hope that this has blessed you. Please feel free to comment in the comment section. Please no cursing for pornography. Also feel free to share this post to your friends who need it, or like it. If you want to contact me, you can contact me at josiah.rob.nichols@gmail.com with any question you want. Also please feel free to look at the resource page to look at The Using Hermeneutics Series. The book series is designed to teach you biblical interpretation through demonstration. Lord bless you.

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